Category: Review

Tigers Are Not Afraid (Fantasia 2018)

One of the opening scenes of Issa Lopez’s magical realist fabula Tigers Are Not Afraid depicts a group of Mexican schoolchildren discussing with their teacher the elements of a fairy tale. After they go through the litany – princesses and princes, castles, magic, tigers, three wishes – the […]

The Vanished (Fantasia 2018)

The Vanished is a twisty South Korean psychological thriller, a clever amalgam of classical cinematic influences – especially Diabolique—filtered through a powerful narrative about the nature of perception and guilt. The film takes place over the course of a single night, as a police team arrive at the city […]

Boiled Angels: The Trial Of Mike Diana (Fantasia 2018)

Defenses of the First Amendment have been tossed around quite a lot recently. Roseanne Barr’s supporters attempted to claim that critics violated First Amendment rights after ABC decided to cancel her show over her racist comments. White men start shouting about First Amendment rights whenever someone disagrees with […]

First Reformed (2018)

First Reformed represents director Paul Schrader’s latest attempt to step back into the critically acclaimed arthouse fold, a world that has eluded him for some time. While he has been behind a number of critically successful screenplays – including Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ, and […]

Tully (2018)

There are many parenthood themed films in the world, but few manage to maintain such an air of optimism while being so brutally honest as we see in Tully. The film opens on Marlo (Charlize Theron), days before the birth of her third child. At the moment, Marlo […]