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  • Nomadland
  • The Father
  • David Byrne's American Utopia
  • Nine Days

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  • Dug Dug

    ★★★½

  • The Mad Women's Ball

    ★★★★

  • La Soga 2

    ★½

  • Saloum

    ★★★★

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  • Dug Dug

    Dug Dug

    ★★★½

    DUG DUG is the highly stylish debut from director Ritwik Pareek. This religious satire is quite hilarious at times and left me happy about this being my final film viewing of TIFF 2021. The opening sequence was my favourite. With a wide range of wonderful camera shots and a great score I was left mesmerized. Once the vibrant blue and pink colours are chosen, they’re used effectively throughout the rest of the film. There were a couple moments when this film was dragging a bit, but this was still such a fun watch. I’ll be interested in seeing what Pareek takes on next.

    (TIFF21 Film #28)

  • The Mad Women's Ball

    The Mad Women's Ball

    ★★★★

    THE MAD WOMEN’S BALL is 19th century gothic tale of how women are treated so poorly (and deemed “crazy”) for the least bit of irregularity in their temperament and locked up in asylums. Period piece dramas usually aren’t my favourite, so I was surprised by just how much I liked the latest film from Mélanie Laurent. The performances, costumes, and production design were all quite impressive, but it’s the tortured score that was really the cherry on top.

    (TIFF21 Film #27) (which oddly enough is available now on Amazon Prime)

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    NOMADLAND is another achingly beautiful film from director Chloé Zhao. She is always able to capture such beauty and honesty in her films and that is expertly displayed here. A portrait into the lives of a type of person that is rarely depicted on screen. Those with a wandering spirit. Those that want to live their lives in their own way. Those that don’t want to be tied down in one place. Frances McDormand is absolutely spellbinding as the lead…

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★½

    THE FATHER stars Sir Anthony Hopkins as a man that is suffering from dementia and I honestly can say that this film made me feel like I was suffering along with him. The script is impeccable. The production design is extraordinary, especially as little changes are made throughout the film. The acting is phenomenal. I think an Oscar nom for Hopkins is a sure bet and wouldn’t be surprised even a little bit if he took the prize home. Olivia…