Content warning: This review contains spoilers and mentions death and grief. “Lamb” (2021), a film both praised and condemned for its weird animalistic premise, was surprisingly boring and emptily delivered albeit in a beautifully crisp package of Icelandic nature. The film, Valdimar Jóhannsson’s directorial debut, is so assured in style and yet flounders when it […]
“Mayday” (2021), director Karen Cinnore’s dreamy new steampunked-up feminist escapist fantasy, follows main character Ana (Grace Van Patten) as she stumbles into a chaotic world of female rebellion and redemption. While the film creates an alternate land to which our protagonist can run (or swim), one that is clearly meant to empower and strengthen the […]
The film works as an experiment to discover just how anxious a filmmaker can make their audience; there’s good reason for why the film has earned the comparison to another recent anxiety-inducing film with Jewish characters, the Safdie brothers' "Uncut Gems" (2019). One Twitter user’s comparison has been used as a trailer epigraph, describing the film as “'Uncut Gems' for hot jewish sluts.”
While regular fest-goers and journalists were disappointed at the loss of the iconic destination and its atmosphere of shared excitement and cinematic joy, this switch to a virtual platform opened the festival up to a wider audience for the 2021 films.
"Possessor" (2020), the new psychological horror film from legacy filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg, is an overwhelming maelstrom of color and sound that excites and intrigues as much as it horrifies.
The definite highlight of the show is the characters. The monstrous ways in which each one is haunted — some by external and some by internal demons — create well-rounded, sympathetic characters with whom the audience can identify and empathize.
The film, which stars big-name actors Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and Bill Skarsgård, travels throughout space and time as it tells an intertwining ballad of unholy human evils. With each story comes tales of woe, death, terror, religious ecstasy and, above all, sin.
Todd Phillips’ new film “Joker”(2019) is a dark, gritty and wholly unsettling reimagining of Batman’s most iconic villain. Through the lens of muted and grimy 1970s New York City-esque Gotham, “Joker” tells the story of main man Arthur Fleck’s maddened downward spiral to self-discovery. Fleck, played impeccably by Joaquin Phoenix, is an unfunny comic, a […]
Director John Crowley’s new film “The Goldfinch” (2019) brings to the silver screen author Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning story of tragic hero Theo Decker as he navigates life following a terrorist attack that kills his mother and destroys New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Theo finds himself living through impossible highs and unbearable lows, his story […]