Tag Archives: FIN2020

#LDF2020 Review — iHuman

Directed by Tonje Hessen Schei | 99 min This is a very bleak look at our possible fate given the rapid development of artificial intelligence. This documentary travels the planet, speaking to scientists and researchers on a future that could be amazing — AI could solve a lot of our problems — but, according to… Read More

#FIN2020 Reviews — Shorts!

At this year's FIN Atlantic International Film Festival I've taken in a couple of full shorts programs, and then a few other random shorts that caught my eye, all available online. There's more time to watch them now the the program has been extended to Sunday, given concern around Post-Tropical Storm Teddy, which didn't end… Read More

#FIN2020 Review — Deux (Two of Us)

Directed by Filippo Meneghetti | Written by Meneghetti, Malysone Bovorasmy, and Florence Vignon | 99 min I'd read this described as an Amour for same-sex seniors, but that's more than painfully reductive... it's also plain wrong. Deux has something else going on. In its delicate heart it's a late-life lesbian love story, but it's paced… Read More

#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

#FIN2020 Review — Percy

Directed by Clark Johnson | Written by Garfield Lindsay Miller and Hilary Pryor | 100 min Percy Schmeiser is a farmer from Saskatchewan. In the late '90s he was sued by Monsanto, the global agribusiness conglomerate, who accused Percy of growing canola seeds that include their patented tech. He claimed to have done it unknowingly… Read More

#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