Sound of Metal

Under 13 years of development hell, Sound of Metal comes to the light as an emotional powerhouse. A film about a drummer going deaf, Sound of Metal delivers exactly what it promises. Riz Ahmed is extremely compelling, after being stuck in forgettable roles in movies like Rogue One and Venom. 90% of the scenes he…

Minari

A film with a sweet and almost innocent overtone, Minari has captured the hearts of many since its release. Similar to The Farewell the year before, this is a film where I have a lot of appreciation for but doesn’t seem to floor me. Simplicity is the strength for Minari: the whole film revolves around…

Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah is one of the most fierce performance pieces I have seen in a long time. Based on the real life story between William “Bill” O’Neal, an FBI informant in the Black Panther party, and Fred Hampton, the leader of the Black Panther party in Chicago, the film is a captivating…

Promising Young Woman

Let’s talk about some Oscar nom films: There has been a lot of buzz comparing Promising Young Woman with Joker. After seeing it, the similarities are…. Somewhat striking. Both films focus on an anti-hero (or straight up villain) being treated unjustly by society and therefore rise up using questionable methods. For me, this film is…

TIFF 2020: Spring Blossom

Suzanne LindonFrance Spring Blossom is about a French teenager falling in love with an older French actor. Suzanne Lindon, the director and the lead at the age of 20, described the film as her “secret diary” and her sincerity is really reflected throughout this debut. With such a simple premise, the film doesn’t go beyond…

TIFF 2020: MLK/FBI

Sam Pollard USA A documentary about the continuous struggle Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had with the director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover, Sam Polland’s newest work shed some new lights on the continuous harassment from the bureau that Dr King has to endure. There were a lot of very vicious evidence that Hoover…

TIFF 2020: Pieces of a woman

Kornél Mundruczó USA Pieces of a Woman follows a young woman (Vanessa Kirby),after a tragedy with the birth of her child, struggles to maintain her relationship with her husband (Shia LaBeouf) and her mother (Ellen Burstyn). Out of all the movies at TIFF that I have seen this year, this one has the best direction…

TIFF 2020: Shadow In The Cloud

Roseanne Liang New Zealand Shadow In The Cloud stars Chloë Grace Moretz who plays a WWII pilot carrying a top priority package on a flight journey, during which they were chased by enemy fighters and another strange “horror”. For TIFF, skipping Midnight Madness would be a terrible loss and while this movie fails in almost…

TIFF 2020: Wolfwalker

Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart Ireland Wolfwalker is about an English girl living with her hunter father in Ireland who is tasked with wolf hunting. During one of her trip to the forest, she met a girl with the power of “wolfwalker” and the adventure that comes with it. Tomm Moore’s previous film, Song of the…

TIFF 2020: Another Round

Thomas Vinterberg Denmark From one of the founders of Dogme 95, Thomas Vinterberg teams up with Mads Mikkelsen again since The Hunt in a film about a middle aged teacher, who has low alcohol tolerance, becoming “alcoholic” on blood-alcohol level of 0.05% with his friends. On surface, the film is a very interesting take on…

TIFF 2020: Under The Open Sky

Miwa Nishikawa Japan The film follows a middle-aged ex-yakuza (Koji Yakusho) as he adjusts to life outside of prison. Sentimentality and empathy are the spirits of this feature and director Nishikawa brings a fresh new perspective to the struggle ex-criminals have to face. Koji Yakusho, a veteran actor who appeared in Babel, is perfectly casted…

TIFF 2020: Nomadland

Chloé Zhao USA Nomadland is about a woman who packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad due to the recession. Since its premiere at TIFF, it has been receiving a lot Oscar buzz. Frances McDormand is amazing, as always, and carries the…