Film Reviews, International Film, LFF 2021

REVIEW: Great Freedom (LFF 2021)

Historically speaking, but also still in many countries today being gay is considered a crime. Homosexuality wasn’t decriminalised in Germany until the late sixties and up until this point in time, Section 175 of the German Criminal Code meant that gay men could be incarcerated…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Playlist (2021)

Playlist bounces into theatres at a time in which many young women are desperate to get back to having casual sex and discussing their love lives with their colleagues. Perhaps this film will remind them of the fact that life outside of lockdown can be messy…

Film Reviews, Horror, International Film

REVIEW: The Medium (2021)

As tempting as it is, don’t question a medium’s conclusions, more so the methods they have applied to reach them. Don’t think too much, to phrase it more succinctly. Rather fitting when you might need to do so too, to enjoy The Medium—or to see…

Film Reviews, Horror, International Film

REVIEW: The Lodger (2021)

Over the years, Jacqueline Bisset’s career has gone through many ups and downs. She was one of the great English roses of 1960s cinema and collaborated with everybody from Audrey Hepburn to Alan Alda. Her beauty has immortalised her as a glamorous icon, but she…

Comedy, Film Reviews, International Film, Romance

REVIEW: I’m Your Man (2021)

For some reason, a small subset of cinephiles feel duty bound to turn against any slightly whimsical foreign language film that becomes a surprise hit in English speaking markets. Financial successes like Amélie (2001) tend to be dismissed as pretentious, twee exercises in emotional manipulation….

Film Reviews, International Film, TIFF 2021

REVIEW: Medusa (TIFF 2021)

In April of 2016, Veja, one of Brazil’s most prominent magazines, published a profile on Marcela Temer – the young wife of president Michel Temer – titled (in literal translation)  “Marcela Temer: beautiful, demure and a homemaker.” The article took the country by storm, igniting…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: El Planeta (2021)

Comedian Joan Rivers famously declared “My daughter and I are very close, we speak every single day and I call her every day and say the same thing, “pick up, I know you’re there.”  El Planeta (2021) observes a mother-daughter relationship dynamic that might have…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021)

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania stumbled across the inspiration for her Oscar-nominated film on a trip to Le Louvre in Paris. There, she saw a retrospective dedicated to the Belgian artist, Wim Delvoye. As part of this exhibition, Tim Steiner became a living piece of…