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2019 TIFF Movie Review: THE VAST OF NIGHT (USA 2019) ***

Festival Reviews

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In the twilight of the 1950s, two youths seek the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended upon a town in New Mexico, in Andrew Patterson’s pitch-perfect sci-fi thriller.

Styled in the 50’s TV series Twilight Zone, the film follows, literally, two youths seeking the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended upon a town in New Mexico.  They investigate and eventually encounter its origin in the span of a single night.  This exactly what happens in the story from the start to the end, so that there are no surprises at all.  

Patterson’s film is an exercise of style and atmosphere, which at least works in an otherwise predictable script that takes the story to its eventual ending.  The film is too talky for…

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2019 TIFF Movie Review: THE VAST OF NIGHT (USA 2019) ***

Festival Reviews

The Vast of Night Poster
In the twilight of the 1950s, two youths seek the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended upon a town in New Mexico, in Andrew Patterson’s pitch-perfect sci-fi thriller.

Styled in the 50’s TV series Twilight Zone, the film follows, literally, two youths seeking the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended upon a town in New Mexico.  They investigate and eventually encounter its origin in the span of a single night.  This exactly what happens in the story from the start to the end, so that there are no surprises at all.  

Patterson’s film is an exercise of style and atmosphere, which at least works in an otherwise predictable script that takes the story to its eventual ending.  The film is too talky for…

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2019 TIFF Movie Review: DOLEMITE IS MY NAME (USA 2019) ****

Festival Reviews

Dolemite Is My Name Poster
Trailer
Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

Director:

Craig Brewer

From start to end this is Eddie Murphy’s movie.  He commands screen presence and captures audience attention with his personal touch in this entertaining biopic of comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who became a legend in midlife with his outlandish 1970s Blaxploitation character Dolemite.  Murphy’s life followed Ray Moore’s in a way which makes him perfect for playing the character.

The film tells the story of Moore, a struggling singer and comedian working in a record store in early-1970s Hollywood.   Every type of hustler populates the neighbourhood, most with a wicked repertoire of obscene insults. Moore begins picking up…

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2019 TIFF Movie Review: DOLEMITE IS MY NAME (USA 2019) ****

Festival Reviews

Dolemite Is My Name Poster
Trailer
Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

Director:

Craig Brewer

From start to end this is Eddie Murphy’s movie.  He commands screen presence and captures audience attention with his personal touch in this entertaining biopic of comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who became a legend in midlife with his outlandish 1970s Blaxploitation character Dolemite.  Murphy’s life followed Ray Moore’s in a way which makes him perfect for playing the character.

The film tells the story of Moore, a struggling singer and comedian working in a record store in early-1970s Hollywood.   Every type of hustler populates the neighbourhood, most with a wicked repertoire of obscene insults. Moore begins picking up…

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2019 TIFF Movie Review: LE DAIM (DEERSKIN) (France 2019) ****

Festival Reviews

Deerskin Poster
Trailer
A man’s obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.

DEERSKIN (LE DAIM) is off kilter comedy best described as humour that is a cross between Jacques Tati and Yorgos Lanthimos.  The film is irrelevant and features comedic set-ups like a talking deerskin jacket and a killing fan blade. 

 The protagonist of the story is an odd enough character, Georges (Oscar Winner Jean Dujardin of THE ARTIST) that goes mental with his ultimate goal in life to be the only one to be wearing a jacket.  To achieve this aim, he has to kill of or steal from anyone with a jacket.  In addition, with a gift of a video camera, he poses as a filmmaker.  

When staying at a…

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2019 TIFF Movie Review: LE DAIM (DEERSKIN) (France 2019) ****

Festival Reviews

Deerskin Poster
Trailer
A man’s obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.

DEERSKIN (LE DAIM) is off kilter comedy best described as humour that is a cross between Jacques Tati and Yorgos Lanthimos.  The film is irrelevant and features comedic set-ups like a talking deerskin jacket and a killing fan blade. 

 The protagonist of the story is an odd enough character, Georges (Oscar Winner Jean Dujardin of THE ARTIST) that goes mental with his ultimate goal in life to be the only one to be wearing a jacket.  To achieve this aim, he has to kill of or steal from anyone with a jacket.  In addition, with a gift of a video camera, he poses as a filmmaker.  

When staying at a…

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2019 TIFF Movie Review: ROCKS (UK 2019) ***

Festival Reviews

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A teenage girl who suddenly finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother.

Director:

Sarah Gavron

Writers:

Theresa Ikoko (Story by), Theresa Ikoko | 1 more credit »

Director Sarah Gavron’s (BRICK LANE, SUFFRAGETTE) is another strong female film this time entering around a black teen school girl under serious duress.  Her mother has not returned home and she has to look after her younger brother while trying to dodge social services. 
 Her mother has left before but this time has not come back and looks like never going to.  This is the story of Shola (a remarkable Bukky Bakrov) in what translates to guerrilla filmmaking where the camera follows the girl on all her activities.  Director Gavin demonstrates that life is not easy for the less fortunate.  

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