Category Archives: Film Festivals

#FIN2020 Review — Radioactive

Directed by Marjane Satrapi |  Written by Jack Thorne, adapting a book by Lauren Redniss | 109 min I don’t know what it is about biopics. I’m always attracted to them, but almost never satisfied by the experience. It's a genre that reveals celebrated, fascinating personalities but tends to conventional, predictable storytelling. The good news…Read More

#FIN2020 Opening Night Gala Review — Falling

Written and Directed by Viggo Mortensen | 112 min  Oscar-nominated actor and movie star Viggo Mortensen tries his hand as an auteur with an international co-pro domestic drama. A huge disappointment, it's a film entirely removed from real life. Willis, played by Lance Henriksen, is a senior struggling with dementia and an endless supply of…Read More

#TIFF2020 Review — Nomadland

Written and Directed by Chloé Zhao, based on the book by Jessica Bruder | 108 min  The book this film is based on — Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century — is non-fiction. Its writer, Jessica Bruder, also wrote this article for Harpers, which informs the screenplay. Zhao uses non-actors in the picture including…Read More

#TIFF2020 Review — Enemies of the State

Directed by Sonia Kennebeck | 103 min  A true-crime documentary in the vein of Andrew Jarecki's Capturing The Friedmans, Kennebeck (produced by Errol Morris) deftly and deliberately lays out the case for and against one Matt DeHart. He's a young man from a military-serving, god-fearing Indiana family who early on took an interest in computers…Read More

Film Festival Season begins

Well, at least around here it does. And when I say around here, I mean both in Nova Scotia and across the country. For reasons that should be obvious to everyone, film festivals this year have had to reinvent how they bring films to audiences. Cannes didn't happen, but they did share the list of…Read More