EIFF: ‘Racer and the Jailbird’ Feels Like a Trilogy of Frustration and Disaster

*DISCLAIMER: As this is a difficult film to talk about without delving into the plot, this review contains major spoilers for Racer and the Jailbird. Please read with caution.* Racer and the Jailbird is a film that is just as difficult to talk about as it is to watch. Featuring two fantastic, but ultimately wasted leads, Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Racer and the Jailbird’ Feels Like a Trilogy of Frustration and Disaster

EIFF: ‘Happy End’ is a Dark, Hilarious Look at an Upper Class Family

*DISCLAIMER: As this is a difficult film to talk about without delving into the plot, this review of Happy End contains mild spoilers. Please read with caution.* From the moment that Happy End begins, it’s clear what the audience is in for. The opening scene of Michael Haneke’s latest effort is seen from the perspective of 13-year-old Eve Laurent (Fantine Harduin) as she records the family … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Happy End’ is a Dark, Hilarious Look at an Upper Class Family

EIFF: A Cold, Bleak Examination of a Grieving Couple Gives ‘Loveless’ Its Brutal Impact

There is something about Loveless, Russia’s official Best Foreign Language Film entry at the 90th Academy Awards, that feels different from any other thriller of its kind. Unlike films such as Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, a film which, while quite good, is more focused on telling a similar story that is more primarily driven by the emotion of the scenario, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s follow up to Leviathan … Continue reading EIFF: A Cold, Bleak Examination of a Grieving Couple Gives ‘Loveless’ Its Brutal Impact

EIFF: ‘Romantic Road’ is a Delightful Documentary About Love and Adventure

Plenty of Oliver McGarvey’s documentary, Romantic Road, revolves around the bond between married couple, Rupert and Jan Grey, as they travel around India in his father’s 1936 Rolls Royce. However, the title is also a nod to how the Greys, and McGarvey in turn, often, but not always, romanticize the country they travel through, the people they meet along the way, the bonds that they … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Romantic Road’ is a Delightful Documentary About Love and Adventure

‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Might Not be What Fans Wanted, but it’s What Television Needed

When David Lynch’s revival of his cultural phenomenon Twin Peaks first premiered back in May, we were taken back to a place both wonderful and strange. Now that the series is over, it’s safe to say that The Return is not only just as groundbreaking as the original series, but it’s also the best television experience of the last ten years. Appropriately described by Showtime … Continue reading ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Might Not be What Fans Wanted, but it’s What Television Needed

Filling a Void Left by Loss, Time and Existence: On David Lowery’s ‘A Ghost Story’

It may be too premature to make such a statement, but A Ghost Story, edited, written and directed by David Lowery, is not only one of 2017’s finest achievements so far, but it’s also currently one of the best films of this decade. For those who don’t know anything about this under-screened gem, the film revolves around a man who dies in a car wreck … Continue reading Filling a Void Left by Loss, Time and Existence: On David Lowery’s ‘A Ghost Story’

‘Dark Tower’ Fans Won’t be Having Any of This Sh*t

DISCLAIMER: It’s really hard to discuss The Dark Tower as a stand alone film without discussing the source material since the way it handles said material adds to why the film on its own doesn’t work at all. In order to properly illustrate the film’s fundamental flaws, comparisons to the books have to be made, so there will be spoilers. After 10 years and a … Continue reading ‘Dark Tower’ Fans Won’t be Having Any of This Sh*t