Author: William Brownridge

Review: Eva Hesse

This documentary looking at the life and work of artist Eva Hesse will work on different levels depending on your preferences for art and film. Barely escaping Hitler’s reign in Germany, most of Hesse’s family was unfortunately trapped there. She managed to get away with her sister, as well as their parents, but her grandparents weren’t as lucky. This sense of unknown terror, fear, and questioning seems to have woven it’s way through her life as she tried to get a grasp on the art she loved to do, as well as finding the confidence to pull it off....

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Review: Moments of Clarity

Claire (Kristin Wallace) has led a very sheltered life. Her agoraphobic mother has homeschooled her and sets an egg timer every time Claire leaves the house. A member of the local church, led by Pastor Paul (Mackenzie Astin), Claire runs into the pastor’s free-spirited daughter Danielle (Lyndsy Fonseca) while dropping off muffins to his house. The next day, Claire sees Danielle outside and scares her, causing her to drop and break her old video camera. Danielle wants Claire to buy a new one, but Claire has never been that far from home. Convinced that it would be the right...

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TIFF 2016 Review: Interchange

Forensic photographer Adam (Iedil Putra) has left his job behind after a particularly brutal and strange murder. When it appears that the killer has struck again, Detective Man (Shaheizy Sam) wants Adam back, thinking he has some insight into the crime. Glass negatives were found at the crime scene, and Adam is the only person who seems to know about them. These negatives contain images from members of a century old Borneo tribe, but one of them looks exactly like Iva (Prisia Nasution), a neighbour of Adam’s whom he has become fascinated by. The closer Adam gets to Iva and the ongoing...

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TIFF 2016 Review: Joe Cinque’s Consolation

Based on a book by Helen Garner about a shocking murder case in Australia in 1997. Director Sotiris Dounoukos brings the story of Joe Cinque (Jerome Meyer) and his girlfriend Anu Singh (Maggie Naouri), a couple happily in love, but forced to confront some of the mental issues that Anu faces. Anu feels like she’s terribly sick, but the doctors can’t find anything wrong with her. Joe has some trouble believing her, but is supportive and is determined to find out what’s wrong. As Anu’s mental state becomes worse, and Joe seems to be having less faith in the fact...

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TFS Festival Quickie: Thyrone Tommy, director of Mariner

Screening in Short Cuts Programme 2 at TIFF 2016, Mariner is the story of a marine navigation cadet who is facing his final examination. His past and present are placing some immense pressures on him, and his chances of breaking during his final exam are growing quickly. Director Thyrone Tommy answered a few questions about his short and how dealing with the past is always an important part of life. Describe your film in ten words or less. A navigation cadet loses grip with reality during final exams. What inspired you to make this film? I avoided this story. It...

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Review: Cardboard Boxer

Thomas Haden Church delivers a very powerful performance as Willie, a homeless man who is desperately seeking a connection with anybody in the world in Cardboard Boxer. He discovers the diary of a young girl that has been burnt in a fire. As he begins to read it, he sees that this girl is in the same emotional state as he is. Willie starts to write responses to this girl, turning them into paper airplanes and throwing them off a nearby roof. While Willie continues to see a friendship, some teens travel to the alleys where a large group of homeless...

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Review: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

There really isn’t anything you can say about The Beatles that hasn’t been said before, so it may actually be a good thing that director Ron Howard focuses entirely on the years that The Beatles spent touring and very little else. There’s a bit about the band coming together and some great moments of them in the studio as we listen to them recording songs, but the majority is watching them perform live. For fans, that’s all you’ll need. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years doesn’t even attempt to get into the eventual break-up of...

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