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Shahbaz Khayambashi

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Girls of the Sun

The struggle of the Yazidi people against ISIS is a noteworthy story and one deserving of a sympathetic and heroic cinematic adaptation.  Unfortunately, Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun is just not it.  While the film is serviceable, its relationship to its subject matter is somehow mundane and exploitative at the same time.

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3 Faces

In 2010, Jafar Panahi was arrested on the charge of making propaganda against Iran and was sentenced to not make any films for twenty years.  To a filmmaker, that is akin to having one’s tongue cut off.  Panahi, however, did not take that sentence into consideration;  the last nine years seeing four new releases from him, making it the most prolific chapter of his career.  This new act of revolutionary filmmaking has created some of…

Festival Coverage

Wylie Writes @ What The Film Festival ’19

In a city oversaturated by film festivals, it is nearly impossible to find a festival that isn’t somehow derivative of others.  While many festivals have something to offer to a small, niche audience, it often seems like it’s all been done.  And yet, occasionally, you find something wholly unique;  something that suggests that, not only is there no similar festival in Toronto, it may well be the only festival of its kind in the world….

Movie Lists

The Best Movies of 2018

2018’s mind-boggling award season finishes tonight with the 91st Academy Awards.  Considering that the festival circuit has been a scattershot of one-off wins, the team at Wylie Writes is eager to see what happens at the Oscars.  However, before that ceremony, some of our critics want to shine a spotlight on the movies they thought were the very best – including some festival favourites that will hopefully be released wider this year.

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Hal

Hal Ashby is undoubtedly one of the underrated greats of American cinema.  While he never quite became a household name, his films frequently had a certain magical quality to them;  never quite being the film that people think of when referring to the great works of an actor, but rather that other film that always comes out in the second or third breath.  Films like Harold & Maude, The Last Detail, Bound for Glory and Being There ensured that he would…

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The Favourite

Yorgos Lanthimos has been one of the most exciting voices in cinema for the past decade;  from bringing attention to Greek cinema to bringing that off-kilter absurd style to an American audience.  Across four features, Lanthimos’ style has been apparent in a variety of ways;  from his films’ unusual stilted acting style to the general oddity of his imagery.  Now, in his latest feature The Favourite, Lanthimos shows that his style is inherent, even if…

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The Price of Everything

The central question at the core of Nathaniel Kahn’s The Price of Everything is how importantly, or inherently, is money connected to art?  The answer reveals itself through the understanding of artists, historians and dealers, with that importance going higher as monetary power does.  In other words, this documentary ultimately makes two points: art is inherently financial, and capitalism will slowly but surely cause the demise of it.

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Green Book

There is a certain sort of film that defies classification.  The quick description is the sort of film that is not perfect by any stretch of the term, but which contains just a little something that manages to hit on a collective pathos in the audience.  Those films release a positive feeling into the audience that can actually be felt when one is in such an environment.  Green Book is just such a film: it…