2018: Another Year of Cinema Come and Gone

This year was a real game changer for a person like myself. To kick things off, it was the first year in which I was able to attend TIFF as a press member rather than as any other audience member. It was a defining moment for myself, though I don’t want to brag a little too much about what happened there. It was just a good year for cinema in general. That’s all I can really say, and I want to bring more attention to the many films that I absolutely loved this year – and so many of them came around this year and so forth. We’re already nearing the end of a decade, and through the good and the bad, the cinema has always been able to provide nothing but the greatest pleasures through and through. Although as we look through the films that have come to define 2018 as a whole, there were many surprises that came along the way just as there were disappointments – all of which came in between the very best and the worst in cinema through the year. So without further ado, let us begin. Continue reading →

Hereditary Sets Promise for a New Voice in Horror: A Review

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Lately there seems to be an influx of filmmakers turning out such accomplished horror films as their directorial debut film whether it be Jennifer Kent with The Babadook, Robert Eggers with The Witch, or Jordan Peele with Get Out. This year presents us the feature film debut of Ari Aster, who is perhaps most well-known for his short film The Strange Thing About the Johnsons. Returning back to dark material about familial problems, he brings us the supernatural horror film Hereditary and only presents what is truly a promising start to an exciting voice to look out for in the future, for among the many great horror films that we have been lucky enough to witness in this day and age here is yet another addition to the pile. But so often are films like such marketed as “the scariest film since The Exorcist” and to that, I can’t say I agree, yet looking at the film for what it strives for on its own terms I can’t help but say that I was taken in by what truly was a deeply unsettling experience.

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Louder Than Bombs – Review

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Joachim Trier marks his debut into English-language territory with Louder Than Bombs, a well-acted yet disjointed and frustrating piece that promises a fascinating character study. While I’ve not particularly fallen head over heels for Trier’s previous films (in spite of loving Oslo, August 31st), he always presents very intimate pictures of the human soul on the screen and I’m not so sure I was able to dig much into what I was witnessing in Louder Than Bombs because in spite of the dedication I was seeing on the screen, I felt extremely detached. Continue reading →