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November 2018

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Bodied

Bodied, TIFF’s people’s choice award winner on 2017’s Midnight Madness circuit, has been produced by self-proclaimed “rap god” Eminem.  Considering the film sinks itself into the world of rap battles and diss shakedowns, comparisons to Eminem’s 2002 8 Mile are inevitable and appropriate.  But 8 Mile is most certainly a product of its time.  The movie isn’t dated per se, but it represented an underground culture of individuals channeling their repression through rhythm and flow.  With…

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Overlord

A J.J. Abrams production is like the latest hipster eatery: they take a lot of effort to put together and people apparently like them, but once you have experienced one, it becomes apparent just how incredibly overrated they are.  This is why I’m always so wary of these productions, and why his latest produced feature has been such a surprise – Overlord, directed by Julius Avery, is actually enjoyable!

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Science Fair

Documentaries about partially quirky niche subjects have to tread carefully unless the narrative has a “stranger than fiction” angle.  Science Fair filmmakers Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster set the stage for their tone awfully fast by opening up their doc with the purity and lucrative opportunities that comes with winning “Best in Fair” at the prestigious Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair);  giving audiences a taste of the inspiration and the exposure this film…

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The Other Side of the Wind

You’ve heard of a movie “spinning its wheels”, but have you seen a movie that is simply “spinning”?  That’s what Orson Welles’ recently recovered The Other Side of the Wind makes its audience feel like – it’s an evening on a sociable, abrasive lazy suzy with Hollywood elites admiring each other just as often as they’re jumping at another’s throat.