Author: Nicole Frangos

Review: Command and Control

Command and Control is a documentary that examines the 1980 Damascus Titan missile explosion. The Titan II missile, which was buried in an underground silo, was maintained by a missile combat crew and Propellant Transfer Team (PTS). On September 19, 1980, an accident occurred during a maintenance service: when PTS member Dave Powell was servicing the missile’s oxygen tank, he dropped a socket onto the silo’s floor, where it bounced into the side of the Titan II, creating a fuel leak that lead to the inevitable explosion. A man was killed, others seriously injured, and the launch complex was...

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TIFF 2016 Review: Paterson

Adam Driver is a hardworking bus driver who likes Emily Dickinson in Paterson, Jim Jarmusch’s latest festival contribution. Driver’s eponymous Paterson drives a bus in the small town of Paterson, New Jersey and is married to a free-spirited woman with flitting creative energy. They have a solid marriage and they’re in love. Every day, though, Paterson wakes up and goes through the motions of his routine-filled life. His passion is his poetry – he’s a talented poet who spends much of his free time writing in his ‘secret notebook.’ Paterson spends a week in the life of this poet....

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Review: Don’t Breathe

In Don’t Breathe, three thieves choose the wrong house to burglarize. After a series of semi-successful runs, they target the house of an Iraq war vet who they suspect is stashing a lot of cash after his daughter’s wrongful death. It seems like the perfect theft: the man’s house is in the middle of an abandoned residential street in Detroit, and he’s blind. Unfortunately for the trio, this man is like a very sinister mixture of Rambo and Kevin from Home Alone. Once they’re in the house, they do everything they can to get back out. For horror or...

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Review: Standing Tall

Catherine Deneuve plays Florence Blaque, a juvenile judge who is overseeing the case of a young delinquent, Malony (Rod Paradot), in Standing Tall. Malony was briefly abandoned by his mother as a toddler, and is stuck in a self-destructive life of thievery and violence. At only 15-years-old, and with a growing list of offences, he is provided a counsellor (Benoît Magimel) who, along with Blaque, wants to help save the delinquent from himself before its too late. Deneuve is the powerhouse star in this film, a legend of French cinema for over 50 years. She is wonderful in the...

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Harsh beauty: interview with Edge of Winter director Rob Connolly

Rob Connolly is no stranger to film. He has a long history of work behind the camera – he’s worked as a grip, gaffer, camera operator and cinematographer. In Edge of Winter, his first full-length film in the director’s chair, he has created a slightly sinister thriller set in a stark, wintry landscape. Speaking over the phone, Connolly revealed that he immediately gravitated to the film, which was pitched to him by writer Kyle Mann. Connolly was intrigued by Mann’s first draft of the film, and he knew immediately what he wanted to do with it. The final piece,...

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Review: Ben-Hur

Hollywood has a remake problem. Whether it’s a lack of imagination, laziness, or the desire to milk the cash cow (the latter being the most likely reason), studios are pumping out remakes, reboots, sequels and re-imaginings at an alarming rate. Sometimes it works and sometimes it’s a disaster. Especially tricky territory is remaking a beloved classic, since it is exactly that. In the case of Ben-Hur, filmmakers had an even harder task at hand. The 1959 version of the film – which is in fact a remake of the 1925 film – still holds the most Oscar wins for...

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Review: Edge of Winter

What begins as a tentative reunion trip between a father (Joel Kinnaman) and his two sons quickly turns into something sinister in Edge of Winter. Brad (Tom Holland) and Caleb (Percy Hynes White) are dropped off at their father’s house, after not seeing him for quite some time, by their mother who is going on a trip with her new husband. The father takes the boys on a hunting trip up north. After a few moments of uneasy bonding, the trio’s car gets stuck in the snow and they become stranded at a remote cabin. As their father slowly...

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