TIFF Critic’s Notebook 7: Hold the Dark, The Factory

Jeffrey Wright in Hold the Dark

It gives me no pleasure to slag on Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold the Dark; his previous two films, Blue Ruin and Green Room, were good bleak fun, laconic in general, tersely amusing when dialogue emerged. But Hold the Dark has no interest in being…  Read more

By Sep 13, 2018

“Silent Solidarity” and Portraying Sexual Violence on Screen: Jayisha Patel on Her TIFF Short Circle


London-based director Jayisha Patel has amassed an impressive resume in a remarkably short period of time. Since 2014 Patel’s documentary shorts have screened LAFF, SXSW, NYFF, the Berlin International Film Festival and beyond, racking up numerous awards along the way.…  Read more

By Sep 11, 2018

TIFF 2018 Critic’s Notebook 6: Maya, A Million Little Pieces


Mia Hansen-Løve is on my shortest list of favorite working filmmakers; after the extremely strong opening one-two of All is Forgiven and The Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love and Eden were whiffs. She came back strong with Things to Come, and now…  Read more

By Sep 11, 2018

TIFF 2018 Critic’s Notebook 5: Her Smell, Rojo, A Faithful Man

Her Smell

World premieres x3, appraised in greater haste (and mercifully smaller word counts) than usual, starting with this morning’s viewing. I woke up to a slew of tweets saying that the first half of Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell is an impossibly testing…  Read more

By Sep 10, 2018

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