More stories

  • in

    CIFF Day 2: Documentaries ‘Algren’ and ‘Red Army’

    Audience Q&As at a film festival can be a mixed bag. At the World Premiere screening for Tuesday night’s Algren, a man waved at Director Michael Caplan, who recognized the man from a coffee shop earlier in the day. During the Q&A for Red Army, Director Gabe Polsky charmingly asked his grandmother (correction: Babushka), in […] More

  • in

    Cannes 2014: ‘Winter Sleep’ a thorough investigation into the heart of storytelling

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep makes its way within the Cannes Film Festival and his own oeuvre as if a slow-burning candle: magnificently glacial in pace yet fiery all the way down. It immediately sets itself apart from Ceylan’s recent pictures, where characters are motivated by distance and loneliness, as it takes the shape of a chamber drama, fully dedicated to sealing its characters within the beautiful homes crafted out of the Anatolian steppes. The cast is closer together, bringing forth intense waves of casual conversation and relentless debate, all centered around the brutal patriarchal figure of quasi-intellectual Aydin (Haluk Bilginer). He’s confronted with his own role within his family and his community, as well as how far his power may reach, all through the context of Turkish drama. This makes Winter Sleep a robust Shakespearean melodrama with Ceylan clearly at the top of his game.

    More

  • in

    Most Anticipated Films by Foreign Auteurs for 2014

    7. Leviafan (Andrey Zvyagintsev) Andrey Zvyagintsev’s The Return and Elena were mysterious, slow-burning films. His 2014 entry, Leviafan, described by IMDb as “human insecurity in a ‘new country’” should mark a definite return to the Cannes Film Festival. 6. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film Once Upon a Time in […] More

  • in

    Staff List: The 40 Best Films of 2012

    #20: Cosmopolis (50 points) Directed by David Cronenberg Written by David Cronenberg Canada / France, 2012 Every time Cronenberg answers the prayers of his fans with a new movie, it seems that the first reflex is to attempt to categorize it. Is this new film more like the old Cronenberg, in which very strange, very […] More

  • in

    Ricky D’s 50 Favourite Films of 2012 (Part Two)

      25: The Dark Knight Rises Directed by Christopher Nolan Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan 2012, USA The Dark Knight Rises feels as if it was made up of two equal halves, with the most critical moment of the film breaking the movie in half, almost literally. While the second half may have […] More

  • in

    Ricky D’s 50 Favourite Films of 2012 (Part One)

    2012 wasn’t a bad year for movies. It was actually a great year. The problem is, the movies we were most anticipating, specifically the Hollywood blockbusters like Prometheus and The Hobbit, didn’t live up to our expectations. With that said I still managed to make a list of 50 films I loved. Maybe I just […] More

  • in

    2012: The Best Movies of March

    Every thirty days, I like to post a list of my favorite films I’ve recently watched. Here are the best films I’ve seen throughout the month of September. This list is based on movies theatrically released here in Canada, and I do not include what I have seen at film festivals.   **** 1: Once […] More