Reviews

A Better Man

A Better Man seems to have a concise albeit well-filmed production.  It’s structured around a few confrontational chats and therapy sessions, along with a brief tour of pivotal locations mattering to filmmaker Attiya Khan and ex-lover Steve.  The truth is A Better Man has been 20-plus-years in the making.

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Awakening the Zodiac

Will you find Awakening the Zodiac thrilling?  Does the thought of rummaging through a mundane mystery excite you?  How about if you’re rewarded with a looney final act that contradicts the film’s creeping atmosphere?  This isn’t a good sell because you already know the disheartening answers.

Festival Coverage

Wylie Writes @ The 2017 Canadian Sport Film Festival

The Canadian Sport Film Festival sprints to Toronto for its ninth year.  This weekend (Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11), audiences will be able to watch a diverse selection of feature films, documentaries, and short films about athletic subjects and themes. Wylie Writes’ Shannon Page received a sneak peek of the festival by watching the Emmy-award winning opening night selection Keepers of the Game, along with a haunting doc titled Hillsborough.

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Beauty and the Beast

Passive-aggressive movie goers could easily lump Disney’s live-action rendition of Beauty and the Beast with the studio’s recent catalogue of modern facelifts (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book).  After all, it’s a current trend that’s obviously working for them.  According to a recent Collider article, there are 13 remakes/retellings either currently in the shop or enduring early stages of production.

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Graduation

Graduation is a drama held together by actor Adrian Titieni.  Even when the audience feels the minutes painstakingly tick in this very long film, Titieni finds a way to reward our patience.

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Score: A Film Music Documentary

There’s not much to say about Matt Schrader’s ever imaginatively titled Score: A Film Music Documentary.  A documentary made in praise of the Hollywood elite composers (who, to be fair, deserve the praise), Score has the presentation quality of a TV special or DVD bonus feature with no original thoughts about its subject.

Festival Coverage

Inside Out 2017: ‘Prom King, 2010’

Charlie, a queer millennial in New York, is looking for love.  His modest expectations are reasonable, yet the mission proves to be a constant bust throughout the course of Prom King, 2010.  Charlie chats with friends, family, and other acquaintances within his community (mostly for catharsis or assistance), but these conversations lead to opinions – sometimes closed-minded views – about love, Charlie’s sexual orientation, and dating etiquette.