Pieces Of A Woman stars Shia LaBeouf and Vanessa Kirby as a couple dealing with severe trauma, and opens with such an incredible, intense first thirty minutes (most of which being one single long take) that I’m pretty sure I just outright stopped blinking as I watched their evening unfold. Unfortunately the remainder of the feature never quite hits these highs again, but I’m still left thinking about that opening long after the credits have rolled.Continue reading “TIFF 2020: PIECES OF A WOMAN REVIEW”
Hao Wu’s documentary is a glimpse into our planet as it changed, filmed in secrecy during the 76-day lockdown in Wuhan, China during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.
76 Days focuses on the frontline medical workers during the lockdown and their frantic struggle to keep up with a new virus. The film grips you immediately with its opening, as a frontline professional begs to say goodbye to her deceased father whilst other workers hold her back, needing her to remain composed so she can continue to work with them.Continue reading “TIFF 2020: 76 DAYS REVIEW”
François Ozon’s Summer of 85 is a French LGBTQ+ coming-of-age movie that chooses to gloss over the ‘coming out’ phase of the characters and instead focus on their relationships themselves, irrespective of sexuality. It’s refreshing to see LGBT features like this, that don’t dwell on the characters orientation – even more refreshing that this feature is set in the 80s and still doesn’t feature excessive homophobia or acceptance issues.Continue reading “TIFF 2020: SUMMER OF 85 REVIEW”
Penguin Bloom is Glendyn Ivin’s dramatization of the surreal true story of Australian Sam Bloom, who was left paralyzed and unable to walk after falling off a balcony during a vacation in Thailand. After her family take in a stray injured magpie that is unable to fly, she learns to adjust to her new disability through caring for the intelligent wild bird. It’s a heartwarming tale, with messages that are a little too on the nose and a script that is a bit too sickly-sweet – but an overall uplifting movie that will most certainly make you want a pet magpie of your own.Continue reading “TIFF 2020: PENGUIN BLOOM REVIEW”
Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland is generating a lot of hype right now, having just won the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival. It’s a fascinating insight into the nomad lifestyle, and a showcase of Frances McDormand’s talent – the best performance I’ve seen during TIFF so far. Treading the line consistently between bleak and optimistic, loneliness and community, Nomadland kept me engaged and invested throughout, despite not a whole lot actually happening.Continue reading “TIFF 2020: NOMADLAND REVIEW”
Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby was equal parts hilarious and downright stressful. The film focuses on Danielle (Rachel Sennott), a student in her early twenties who is juggling a murky academic career, a sugar daddy, overbearing parents and an uncertain future after school. Taking place over the course of a single day, Danielle attends a shiva with her tightly knit community and struggles to keep a lid on all of her secrets.Continue reading “TIFF 2020: SHIVA BABY REVIEW”
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Isla Fisher, Anson Mount, Gillian Jacobs
Despite the fact I still struggle to see Isla Fisher as anyone but the fantastically sassy lead character in Confessions of a Shopaholic (what a film!), this spooky horror flick sees Fisher playing a pregnant woman plagued by some damn creepy visions after her and her husband buy a vineyard. (Let’s face it, if you’re buying an old vineyard you deserve to be haunted in some capacity). All the ingredients are here for your standard run-of-the-mill ghost film, including blood on the walls and stuff appearing out of nowhere, but things don’t work out quite the way you expect. Continue reading “5 GREAT HORROR/THRILLER FILMS ON UK NETFLIX RIGHT NOW”