Giant Little Ones (2018) Film Review: Growing Up and Growing Apart

Adolescence is an awkward and difficult time. Most often we underestimate what teenagers are going through because we are more than happy to forget our own struggles at that age. Everyone faces different challenges growing up. The Canadian production ‘Giant Little Ones’ tries to bring this to the fore. It Continue Reading

Roma (2018) Review – A film that makes you fall short of adjectives

Alfonso Cuaron faced many a hurdle in the process of making Roma. From no studio taking the risk of funding a Mexican black and white movie to his friend and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki being unavailable to shoot the film, he faced his fair share of difficulties. But Roma is not Continue Reading

Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) ‘MAMI’ Review – A Horrific Story Of Shame For Australia

In one very heart-wrenching scene of Gabrielle Brady’s Island of the Hungry Ghosts, one of the refugees says “I think Hell is not just fire. Hell is somewhere you see suffering, you see your families suffering, you see your friends suffering. You can’t do anything”. It is this hell that Continue Reading

Hotel By The River (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A Delicately Told Family Drama

In his latest creative venture Hotel By The River, renowned Korean director Hong Sang-Soo presents us with a simple and endearing slice-of-life that is stylistically one among his more austere works to date. Primarily set in and around a riverside hotel, it juxtaposes an awkward family meeting between a poet Continue Reading

Summer Survivors (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A Road Trip through the Various Facets of Mental Illness

Mental health is something rarely discussed well in cinema. Yes, there exists a lot of examples of mental illness and its effects shown in media, but very few of them manage to clearly encapsulate the trauma and pain of a patient dealing with such experiences. As a person who himself suffers Continue Reading

The Third Wife (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A mix of visual poetry with social commentary in this gorgeous debut

Ash Mayfair’s feminist film The Third Wife is most definitely going to evoke feels of Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden throughout due to how tonally similar the films are. The majestic cinematography of both the films along with the concept of exploring female sexuality also evokes similar feelings. That being said, Mayfair makes Continue Reading

Too Late to Die Young (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – An exhilaring and bold coming of age film

Dominga Sotomayor’s Too Late to Die Young shows us, more than anything, how difficult it really is to make that massive shift mentally in our teens while we are growing up. It explores the lives of a few teenagers and children and along with that also explores their psyche, trying Continue Reading

Touch Me Not (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review — On A Transformative Quest For Intimacy

One of the characters in Touch Me Not, a certain quadriplegic Christian Bayerlein, remarks how he used to feel “like a brain being carried around without any body”. That was until he discovered the pleasures of sexuality. Even with his disability, he believes that his body is a gift and Continue Reading

Working Woman (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A Topical Story of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Michal Aviad’s Working Woman tells a story that has been told quite a few times before but is still quite relevant and topical. It is the story of a working woman, as said in the title of the film, a woman who’s trying to support her aspiring husband and her Continue Reading

Diamantino (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – The Most Unique Cinematic Experience Of The Year

When a movie begins by telling us that what we are about to see is a work of fiction, bearing only a coincidental resemblance to any real-life “people, places, products or giant puppies”, we should expect it to be a different experience than usual. Diamantino indeed turned out to be Continue Reading