Must See Films

 Chris Shalom

The Price is Wrong

The Price is Wrong

At Any Price - Review

At Any Price is boring, but that doesn’t count against it quite as much as you might think. Partway through its running time, the film’s affably conventional melodrama somehow achieves a symbiotic sort of balance with its bleak, un-ironic tale of the dehumanizing “American Dream.” Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, and Heather Graham are the cast of [...]

 Jordan Mounteer

Kiarostami’s Simplicity

Kiarostami’s Simplicity

Like Someone In Love – Review

If it’s possible to describe Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s style of shooting in one word, then careful comes to mind.  There’s elegance in his ability to capture the wholeness of moments, and because he resists quick cuts in favour of long drawn out and exquisitely framed shots, we’re presented with something that at first we may not [...]

 Jordan Mounteer

Beauty in Depth

Beauty in Depth

Clandestine Childhood – Review

Written and directed by, and based on Benjamín Ávila’s infancy growing up in a family of political activists, Clandestine Childhood takes place at the tail-end of 1979.  Juan (alias Ernesto Estrada) and his mother Cristina (alias Charo), father Horacio (alias Daniel), Uncle Beto, and baby sister Vicky have returned to Argentina under fake names after several years of [...]

 Michaela Pontellini

Being Elmo

Being Elmo

For most children, childhood was a time where anything was possible and magic was real. Like many children, I loved to watch Sesame Street and the Muppets. The characters seemed so alive that my mind looked past the strings and my father’s insistence that they were simply puppets. To me they were real.  The performers who create these [...]

 Christina Pontikis

Charming, Attractive, and Driven

Charming, Attractive, and Driven

The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Film Review

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on the 2007 novel, explores a young Pakistani man’s drive to achieve the “American dream” while almost completely disregarding his own culture and country of birth. Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed) graduates from Princeton (summa cum laude, no less) and lands his dream job with Underwood Sampson where his job is to effectively dismantle [...]

 Indrapramit Das

The Beauty of Beginnings

The Beauty of Beginnings

Upstream Color - Film Review

Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color begins with the impressionistic observation of a fictional drug sub-culture involving parasites (or symbiotes) that, either through consumption or infection, induce a kind of telepathic empathy between humans. It’s a beautiful, lingering sequence that drifts from moment to moment in shallow focus, showing us a man (Thiago Martins) harvesting the worms under the [...]