Category Archives: Recommended

#FIN2020 Doc Reviews: No Ordinary Man, There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace, Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President

No Ordinary Man  In their documentary investigation into the late jazz musician Billy Tipton, Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt have brought a strikingly compassionate examination of what it means to be trans. The film examines the legacy of jazz musician Billy Tipton — he was someone who hid his biological gender. The film also explores…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

Inception — 10th Anniversary review

Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan | 148 min | Netflix and In Cinemas/IMAX  As part of a month-long retrospective look at 10 years of this blog, I’m rewatching a few films from a decade back. I began writing FITI around Labour Day 2010, and though I'd seen Inception by then I never did a…Read More