SXSW 2017 – Song to Song (2017)

Famously reclusive and sparing in his output, Terrence Malick used to be the mercurial auteur prototype. It helped that his small canon proved worthy of all the extravagant praise thrown its way. Then he suddenly stepped the productivity…

SXSW Film Festival 2017 Preview

The annual mid-March South by Southwest (better known as SXSW) shindig has just about everything going for it. Taking place in hip Austin, it’s perhaps best known as a musical festival, but the film portion has grown in importance as the…

Dog Eat Dog (2016)

To call Dog Eat Dog uneven is to do a great disservice to all gently sloping tables. Paul Schrader’s amped up overdose on style and depravity doesn’t really have a steady level to stray from in the first place. It’s a series of inexplicable…

TIFF 2016 Round-up

After a week and a half and hundreds of films, TIFF has come to an end. Taxi drivers can stop complaining about the forced pedestrianisation of King Street, the queue in Tim Hortons near the main venue will return to normal, and Toronto…

TIFF 2016 – Carrie Pilby (2016)

A smart, socially awkward loner attempts to navigate between teenage years and adulthood. Hundreds of films deal with this topic, relying on the easy drama arising from the transition out of education and into everything to come. Carrie…

TIFF 2016 – Blue Jay (2016)

If the past is a foreign country, no one seems to believe it. Particularly when it comes to our own history, we often look back with a carefully censored gaze. Blue Jay throws two former high school sweethearts into this confusing nexus…

TIFF – LBJ (2016)

No one has ever been sure what to do with Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. He fell between the unforgettable John F. Kennedy and the infamous Richard M. Nixon, a hard place to land. As a Texan Senator he…