Written by Taylor Baker "Newcomers Pablo Schils and Joely Mbundu play “Tori and Lokita,” two immigrants to Belgium eking out an existence between the lines of laws and institutions while Lokita works her way through the purgatory that is immigration … Continue reading.
Tag: Vancouver International Film Festival 2022
VIFF 2022 Capsule Review: Firecracker Bullets
Written by Alexander Reams "Indigenous politics and activism have long been sidelined despite the extensive history of colonialism and Native peoples being intertwined with the rise of America. With the increase of awareness of social issues being more prominent with … Continue reading.
VIFF 2022: Ever Deadly
Written by Alexander Reams "“Ever Deadly'' opens with a 7-minute throat singing sequence. It’s simultaneously intense and empyreal, there is an otherworldly aspect to the singing. I’d go even further and say the film encapsulates its 90-minute runtime in those … Continue reading.
VIFF 2022: Good Night Oppy
Written by Patrick Hao "Throughout the documentary, “Good Night Oppy,” the talking heads talk about how difficult it is to not humanize the Mars rovers, Spirit, and Opportunity. They describe the twins as having distinct personalities. They created big round … Continue reading.
VIFF 2022: Field of Blood
Written by Alexander Reams "A story within a story can be great when done right, the gold standard is “Adaptation.” However, it can also be a pitfall for less experienced writers and directors. Director João Mário Grilo is no freshman, … Continue reading.
VIFF 2022: Golden Delicious
Written by Patrick Hao "Generational trauma rears its head again in this new Canadian film about a high schooler dealing with the expectations of his parents and his emerging sexual identity in “Golden Delicious.” Snark aside, “Golden Delicious” is not … Continue reading.
VIFF 2022: 8 Stories About My Hearing Loss
Written by Patrick Hao "In the more than a hundred years of cinema, several shorthands have become commonplace to depict hearing loss. The young Argentinian filmmaker, Charo Mato, uses her film to explore several aspects of her progressive hearing loss … Continue reading.
VIFF 2022: Decision to Leave
Written by Michael Clawson "“Decision to Leave” can be hard to keep up with, but its zig-zagging plot is one that’s deliriously satisfying to get lost in. That’s because every hairpin turn in this intricately assembled procedural leads immediately into … Continue reading.
VIFF 2022: Hopper: An American Love Story
Written by Alexander Reams "Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” is one of my favorite paintings. It's simple but the use of oil paint provides a realist quality while still feeling separate from the real world. Phil Grabsky’s latest entry in the..."… Continue reading.
VIFF 2022: The Son
Written by Taylor Baker "When attempting to conjure an emotional play the most ironclad reliable thing should be your characters, how they talk, and how they behave. But in “The Son” the only thing ironclad is..."… Continue reading.