Film

'Blackhat' is thematically rich but suffers from narrative confusion

Michael Mann’s Blackhat opens with a heavily computer generated map of the internal workings of a city nuclear power plant. Shifting perspectives, rushing along power lines and electrical circuits we are thrust into a complex interior system. As we rush into the final moments of the sequence, the lines finally run a blood red before exploding: this sets the scene for an international hacker thriller in which technology becomes a mirror for the human body as well as society itself.The incredible digital landscape of the opening sequence soars like the Beyond the Infinite sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey - but tactile, mechanical and fragile.


Top Films of 2014

Before I start this list I have a few things to say: I try as much as much as possible to keep up with movies, however I could not get to a showing of The Imitation Game (Dir. Morten Tyldum), Snowpiercer (Dir. Joon-Ho Bong), The Rover (Dir. David Michod) or Joe (Dir. David Gordon Green) (sincere apologies to Nick Cage) in time for this list. Other films I was unable to see include the Christmas day releases of Unbroken (Dir. Angelina Jolie) and Big Eyes (Dir. Tim Burton). Due to being limited releases (most receiving wide release only in January) I was also unable to see Inherent Vice (Dir. P.T.


'Big Eyes' strips Tim Burton bare

 “From far away you look like an artist, but up close you’re nothing”, a line from Tim Burton’s new film, Big Eyes, that could come to describe the trajectory of his career. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s he established a reputation as the kind of auteur situated comfortably between the demands of art and commerce; meaning he could adapt all sorts of brands to the screen, whether they be a comic book (Batman), television show (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure) or even trading card (Mars Attacks!), all while maintaining a distinctly personal touch arisen from gothic horror, expressionism, animation and mid-20th century kitsch.


'Dear White People' is worth seeing

Dear White People takes place at a fictional Ivy-League university, and focuses mainly on four charaters: student activist Sam White (Tessa Thompson) who has a controversial radio show called “Dear White People”, Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), whose father is the Dean of the University, Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) who is an awkward uncomfortable budding writer, and Colandrea “Coco” Conners (Teyoneh Parris), perhaps the most ambitious of the bunch.  


5 Must See Canadian Horror Films

With Halloween just days away, it’s time to settle in for some cold nights and some good horror. While you can never quite go wrong with classics of the genre, whether Universal monsters, 80s slasher or contemporary torture porn, part of fear and part of horror is diving into the unknown. While Canadian cinema does not have a particularly strong reputation in the minds of its citizens, Canada has always had a flair for genre cinema and horror in particular. Maybe it’s the history of surviving the unknown and often frightening elements, as well as the detached sense of dislocated identity associated with being so close to United States.


Midnight Section : V/H/S/2

 

INDONESIA, USA, CANADA | NY Premiere | 2012 | 95 min


World Narrative Competition : Mr.Jones

 

 

USA | Narrative | World Premiere | MIDNIGHT | 2013 | 83 min

DIRECTOR Karl Mueller

SCREENWRITER Karl Mueller

PRODUCER Ross Dinerstein

CINEMATOGRAPHER Mathew Rudenberg


Spotlight : Greetings from Tim Buckley

 

USA | Narrative | US Premiere | SPOTLIGHT | 2012 | 100 min

DIRECTOR Daniel Algrant


World Narrative Competition : Bottled Up

 

 

USA | Narrative | World Premiere | SPOTLIGHT | 2013 | 81 min

DIRECTOR / SCREENPLAY Enid Zentelis


Tribeca ESPN Sports Film Festival : Big Shot

 
 
USA | Documentary | World Premiere | 2013 | 77 min
 
 

The Tales of a Tribeca Survivor

*Editors note: Throughout the next couple of days, Andrea will be submitting more detailed reviews for each competition and section. Stay tuned!
 
 

Fantasia 2012 - Resolution

Resolution USA 2012

Written by Justin Benson
Produced by Justin Benson, David Lawson
Cast Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran, Kurt David Anderson, Emily Montague, Skyler Meacham


Fantasia 2012 - Memory of the Dead (La Memoria Del Muerto)

Written by Martín Blousson, Valentín Javier Diment, Nicanor Loreti, Germán Val
Cast Lola Berthet, Horacio Acosta, Raquel Albéniz, Jimena Anganuzzi


Fantasia 2012 - Starry Starry Night (Xing Kong)

Starry Night

Written by Tom Lin, Jimmy Liao
Produced by Chen Kuo-fu, Wang Zhonglei
Cast Xu Jiao, Lin Hui-min, Harlem Yu, Kenneth Tsang


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