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Tom of Finland Is An Intimate Portrait of An Iconic Artist

Tom of Finland Dome Karukoski (director), Aleksi Bardy (screenplay), Lasse Frank (cinematographer), Harri Ylönen (editor) Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen, Seumas Sargent, Jakob Oftebro, Niklas Hogner (cast) February 24, 2017 (Finland), October 13, 2017 (Worldwide) The story of Tom of Finland, both in director Dome Karukoski’s biopic and in the public imagination,…

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Reel Resistance: TIFF’s Newest Programme Explores Filipino Cinema

After 400 years of colonization, dictatorship, and rebellion, resistance has been written into every page of Filipino history. Spanish/American/Japanese occupations have had an impact in ways still being unpacked today, ways that have manifested in the Filipino people’s own governance of the country. This fall, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Bell Lightbox is bringing…

A Silent Voice is a Perfect Film

A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)  Naoko Yamada (director), Reiko Yoshida (screenplay), Kazuya Takao (cinematographer), Kengo Shigemura (editor) Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yūki, Kenshō Ono, Yūki Kaneko (voice cast) Adapted from the manga A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ōima October 20, 2017 (USA)

Gerald’s Game Is A Harrowing Survivor’s Story

Gerald’s Game Mike Flanagan (director and editor), Michael Fimognari (cinematography) Adapted from Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game by Mike Flanagan Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas (cast) Released September 24th (Fantastic Fest), September 29th (internet release) Content Warning: Sexual abuse. I went into Gerald’s Game having not read the book (I shouldn’t be allowed to call…

Backlight: Hollywood Is a Hellscape But There’s Still Some Cool Projects to Look Forward To

The New York Times published a major investigative piece this week exposing decades of sexual harassment by Miramax head, Harvey Weinstein. NYT used a combination of named and unnamed sources, internal documents, and legal filings from settled claims to piece together a story of thirty years  of using his position to manoeuvre women into uncomfortable…

The Shape of Water Is a Fairy Tale That’s As Steadfast as It is Strange

The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro (director and writer), Vanessa Taylor (writer), Dan Laustsen (cinematographer), Sidney Wolinsky (editor) Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins (cast) September 1, 2017 (Toronto International Film Festival 2017), August 31, 2017 (Venice International Film Festival) An invitation lies at the heart of Guillermo del Toro’s newest…

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