A lazily reductive and somewhat insulting bit of performative activism writ large, the anti-bullying drama Good Joe Bell is trying too desperately to be “Green Book for gay people.”
Toronto International Film Festival 2020
Winner of this year’s Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco’s latest, New Order, is a bracing, pointed, and occasionally sloppy bit of social commentary that suggests full on dystopian society is just barely around the corner (if we’re not already there).
Uncomfortable honesty seems to be the theme most prevalent throughout the films found in the fifth and final programme of shorts at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and it sends things out on a high note.
Mira Nair’s epic romantic miniseries A Suitable Boy closes out this year’s Toronto International Film Festival with a suitably binge-worthy epic.
Italian filmmaker and documentarian Gianfranco Rossi is a master of capturing profound images that speak volumes about the human condition, and his latest, Notturno, is no exception.
The true power of Pieces of a Woman lies in the increasing emotional toll of every moment that follows in the wake of its tremendous, highly talked about opening sequence.
An assured, albeit somewhat basic and overindulgent directorial debut from Viggo Mortensen, Falling is the type of drama one can tell was made by a well trained actor at the helm.
For better and worse, comparisons to the likes of Lars von Trier and Brian De Palma will be somewhat unavoidable when looking at Canadian writer-directors Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli’s atmosphere heavy first feature, the atypical revenge thriller Violation.
The most common theme to be found in Short Cuts Programme 04 at this year’s Toronto International film festival is the testing and changing of close personal bonds.
Some of the most fun one can have watching wickedly evil and irredeemable people tearing each other apart, J Blakeson’s sunny looking but coal mine dark comedy I Care a Lot is a bit of carefully calculated, rapidly escalating ridiculousness with a purpose.