TIFF 2014: Infinitely Polar Bear Review

Infinitely Polar Bear Gala Although somewhat awkwardly mounted by first time director Maya Forbes, her retelling of her own childhood with a bipolar father in late 70s Boston holds a wealth of empathy and emotion that more than makes up for any technical shortcomings. Not long after suffering a severe manic episode, Cameron (one of […]

TIFF 2014: Wet Bum Review

Wet Bum Discovery Another great debut Canadian feature in a year full of great debuts, this almost painfully realistic coming of age tale deals with body issues, awkward burgeoning sexuality, and how the young and old interact with splendid results. Making the leap to features from shorts, filmmaker Lindsay MacKay gorgeously photographs this low key […]

TIFF 2014: Clouds of Sils Maria Review

Clouds of Sils Maria Special Presentations Clouds of Sils Maria is a thought-provoking meta-fiction that challenges its audience to examine themes of power, aging, and attraction through the eyes of characters that escape the bounds of the presented narrative. The film’s straightforward plot gives off the illusion of simplicity. Juliette Binoche plays Maria Enders, a 40-something […]

TIFF 2014: Red Army Review

Red Army TIFF Docs Gabe Polsky makes his solo feature debut with this informative, tightly constructed, good looking, and fast paced look at the famed Russian Red Army hockey club during their heyday in the 70s and 80s. Primarily using interviews only from a scant few select hockey journalists, former NHL coach Scotty Bowman, and […]