Author: Adam Sidsworth

Review: Motley’s Law

Five years after graduating from law school, Kimberly Motley first went to US-occupied Afghanistan as part of the American effort to help the Afghanis set up their own legal system. Challenged by a male-dominated and corrupt legal system, for almost ten years Motley returned for six-month stints, representing the poor, women, children and foreigners caught up in the nightmare of the Afghani war and legal system. And she did it despite having a family of three kids in Wisconsin. It’s clear from the first scenes of Motley’s Law, that Motley is a strong woman who doesn’t mix words. Nor...

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Review: Finding Altamira

Finding Altamira should have a wider release given the film’s interesting subject, the Altamira caves in northwestern Spain, where in 1879 amateur archaeologist Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola and his 8-year-old daughter, Maria, became the first people to discover prehistoric cave paintings. Although other cave paintings, notably the ones in nearby France, would come to dominate the public imagination, the Altamira paintings, subsequently dated at between 14,000 and 18,500 years old, were a spark of nineteenth-century science’s re-conception of human evolution. Directed by Hugh Hudson, the Oscar-nominated director of Chariots of Fire and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the...

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Prehistoric art: director Hugh Hudson on his film Finding Altamira

“What would you like to talk about?” Those were director Hugh Hudson’s first words to me. On the phone from London, England, Hudson is the 80-year-old director of Finding Altamira, set to be released in Toronto on Friday, September 23, 2016. He is a prolific conversationalist, so interviewing him is a breeze. Hudson is best known for his feature-length debut, Chariots of Fire, the 1981 Oscar winner for Best Picture that also won the 1981 People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. He followed that up three years later with Greystoke, The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes,...

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Review: Bridget Jones’s Baby

It’s been 15 years since the theatrical release of Bridget Jones’s Diary, an adaptation of Helen Fielding’s novel, itself a modern-day adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Garnering much praise for Rene Zellweger, who played the klutzy and naive titular character who’s romantically torn between Hugh Grant’s sauve Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth’s stuffy Mark Darcy, the idiosyncratic comedy and dynamic love triangle proved to be a critical and commercial success that sparked a sequel three years later. It’s been over a decade since that last Bridget Jones movie, yet the creative team of director Sharon Maguire and...

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TIFF 2016 Review: Mimosas

In Mimosas, the four-country coproduction making its North American debut at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, French-Moroccan writer-director Oliver Laxe presents two straight-forward narratives with mixed results. In the first narrative, set in the Middle East sometime in its past, Ahmed and Said are two men hiding out–why they’re hiding isn’t explained–in a caravan that is helping a dying shiek arrive at the land of his ancestors to be buried there. The shiek insists on directly crossing the mountains–the more difficult route–despite the protests of the caravan. When the shiek unexpectadly dies en route, the caravan abandons him, leaving...

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TIFF 2016 Review: We Are Never Alone

If you’re looking for a good laugh and a fun night on the town, don’t see We Are Never Alone. Although it’s been referred to as a dark comedy, this Czech-made movie’s sad tones black out any comedy that may exist in this bleak, depressing movie. Set in a small Czech town, the movie chronicles the intersecting lives of sad, pathetic townsfolk who, in the midst of despair, misplace their love and affections. There is the house-bound hypochondriac man (character actor Karel Roden) who screams at his kids (who act out their frustrations by playing with guns) when he...

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Review: Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil

Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) is an enigma. He was a late-medieval Dutch artist perhaps best known for his triptychs, which consist of a large square middle panel connected to two rectangular panels that can close and cover the square like shutters. Each panel has its own painting, but the three paintings are interconnected and form a larger image. The Garden of Earthly Delights, perhaps his best-known triptych, is the culmination of Bosch’s bizarre imagery. Although he sourced biblical material for his drawings, in this piece Bosch went beyond, creating a menagerie of unusual-looking demonic animals, people in oysters, a man...

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