Vancouver 2013 Dispatch: STRAY DOGS, AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, And LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Stray Dogs, the perhaps-last-ever film from Taiwanese master Tsai Ming-liang, is a devastatingly sad, quirk-ily mysterious and slithery film. It's hard to pin down the details of the characters' (a father and his two young children) lives, how much time... More »
  

Vancouver 2013 Dispatch: WOLF CHILDREN, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS, And MISS VIOLENCE

Between Wolf Children and Summer Wars, Mamoru Hosoda is establishing himself as a gifted anime auteur (with "anime" functioning as a descriptive word, not a qualifier) whose style, visually and thematically, lies somewhere between Ghibli fare and the work of... More »
  

Vancouver 2013 Review: OUR SUNHI Floats Across The Screen

I always hesitate when reviewing a film by a prolific director whom I am mostly unfamiliar with, especially one with plenty of dedicated followers and specialists. Such is the case with South Korea's Hong Sang-soo, who typically pumps out two... More »
  

Vancouver 2013 Review: BENDS Offers An Assured Study Of Class, Wealth And Excess

Bends, the first full-length film from Flora Lau, observes a dreamy Hong Kong through the eyes of a wealthy, middle-aged kept woman Anna (Carina Lau), and her young, blue-collar driver (Chen Kun). Minutes into the film, shortly after Anna... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks RUSH, ENOUGH SAID, DON JON and More!

Another fine week with Scott Laurie, talking (again!) about Rush, Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said, and Joseph Gordon Levitt's Don Jon. Plus, a shout-out to the Vancouver International Film Festival, including the (fabbo) Rhymes For Young Ghouls.Video embedded below... More »
  

VIFF 2012 Wrap-Up: All Apologies, A Mere Life, and In the Name of Love

Emily Tang's beautiful, smart, and moving Perfect Life is not only one of my favorite VIFF films of 2008, but one of my favorite films period (I don't keep a list, I just know that the memorable ones must... More »
  

VIFF12 Interview: THE UNLIKELY GIRL Director Wei Ling Chang and Star Shane Lynch are Quite the Pair

There's a flurry of excitement in the room where I am about to speak with director Wei Ling Chang about her first feature, The Unlikely Girl, a few hours prior to its world premier at the Vancouver Film Festival. Chang's... More »
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VIFF 2012 Interview: Director Andy Keen on New Tragically Hip Documentary BOBCAYGEON

The Tragically Hip are the biggest Canadian band that - for those who live beyond the great white north's borders - you have probably never heard of. Currently riding their third decade of domestic domination, The Hip (as they are... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

VIFF 2012 Review: IF IT'S NOT NOW, THEN WHEN

The world can be a dull and sullen place. Movies of the mainstream variety offer an easy if not cathartic diversion from the humdrum with momentary distractions full of thrills, horrors and laughs where things happen for a reason. Festival... More »
  

VIFF 2012 Dispatch: THE CAPSULE, A STORY FOR THE MODLINS, And MORNING OF ST ANTHONY'S DAY

Though Athina Rachel Tsangari's short film The Capsule played third after two others, I'm reviewing it first as it was the title with which the other two were programmed (i.e. you show up to see a showing of The... More »
  

VIFF 2012 Review: MCDULL, THE PORK OF MUSIC Is A Worthy Continuation Of The Franchise

McDull, a little pig with a big heart, comes from a long line of adorable yet pointed social commentary created by writer Brian Tse and cartoonist Alice Mak over the past 20 years. A little too plump and not too... More »
  

VIFF 2012 Interview: Rob Stewart on REVOLUTION and his Plan to Save Humans From Extinction

With his last feature, 2007's Sharkwater, marine biologist Rob Stewart managed to help save the world, one shark fin at a time. He is now back with a new documentary, Revolution, aimed at saving a different species - humans. Revolution... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

VIFF 2012 Review: A WEREWOLF BOY Is Mainstream Melodrama

Who is Jo Sung-hee? Judging this young director by his first two feature film may be a lot like pinning down a psychological profile on Dr. Henry Jekyll. Jo's first feature, End of Animal (2010), was a very idiosyncratic quasi-religious... More »
  

VIFF 2012 Review PEOPLE'S PARK Is A Single Take Marvel

As if making a contradictory study to the more politically motivated documentaries made in and about China, J.P. Sniadecki and Libbie Dina Cohn turn an observational eye on the more prosaic aspects of the country. The duo stakes out a... More »
  

VIFF 2012 Review: THE COMEDY Is Hilarious, Transgressive, Brilliant, and Most People Will Find It Unwatchable

I've never set foot in Vancouver, but I did see The Comedy at BAMcinemaFest back in June. That's right, I saw it before it was cool. And since there's no full review of the film in the Twitch archive, it... More »
  

VIFF 2012 Dispatch: NAMELESS GANGSTER, TWO JACKS, and STARLET

I would pretty much watch any film starring Choi Min-sik at this point, and his towering performance as a befuddled civil worker who weasels and networks his way to the top of the crime underworld in Busan is reason enough... More »
  

VIFF 2012 Review: BEAUTIFUL 2012 Is A Rare, Successful Omnibus

Rarely do omnibus films work. They either have too many films to differentiate one from the other (like another VIFF entry this year 10+10) or the quality of the films is so uneven that even the good segments are not... More »
  

VIFF 2012 Review: A FISH Is A Complex Riddle

Park Hong-min's debut feature, modest as it might seem on the edges, boasts a striking visual presence right from the first frame. We see a stationary shot of a road with cars buzzing by as if we are standing on... More »
  

VIFF 2012 Review: WHEN NIGHT FALLS Is A Poetic Protest

On July 1, 2008, just a mere month before the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics, a 28-year-old man named Yang Jia charged into a police station in Shanghai with Molotov cocktails and a knife, killing six and wounding four... More »
  

VIFF 2012 Dispatch: SLEEPLESS NIGHT and SORRY, I AM SO SORRY

Korean filmmaker Jang Kun-jae (whose Eighteen won the Dragons & Tigers award, VIFF's prize for new Asian directors, in 2009) delivers a heartfelt, sweet, genuine, yet never cloying portrayal of an average married couple in Sleepless Night. Essentially a series... More »
  
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