Climax Review

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climax (1)“A Fucking Trip”

CLIMAX was the last film I saw at TIFF and holy shit what a way to end it. If your a fan of Noe’s previous films then I highly recommend you watch this and if not, go into this with caution as this is not for the faint of heart. I’m not a big fan of all his films but what I can say about each and every one is that each one has left an impression with me and has shocked me on way or another. Climax is no exception.

The film is absolute chaos. And I don’t say this in a bad way. From the very start Noe hooks you and boy oh boy, you are in for a fucking treat. A group of dancers celebrate and party and drink unknowingly Sangria laced with LSD.
Everything is thoroughly done to perfection. From the incredible acting performances to the brilliant/unbelievable cinematography to the unconventional narrative, wonderful choreography and striking/hypnotic synth score. All across the board, its just perfectly crafted and downright mesmerizing.

The camera angles they are able to get is unreal and the way everything’s filmed – every scene seamlessly flows into one another and it feels like you are watching one continuous take the entire time. It’s such a joy to watch.

I’ve never ever seen anything like Climax. It’s original and very unique and no other person but Noe could have pulled this off. Watch this especially on the big screen if you have the chance. I can’t wait to see this again.

Climax is literally a fucking nightmare, but one that’s intense, exhilarating, unique, and thoroughly enthralling from start to finish.  Enjoy the fucking trip. Enjoy CLIMAX.  🙂

Rating – ★★★★½


Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Mid90s Review
Widows Review
If Beale Street Could Talk Review
Green Book Review
First Man Review
Hold the Dark Review
Wildlife Review


Hold the Dark Review

holdthedark_HERO“Chilling but unsatisfying”

Let me start off by saying I loved Jeremy Saulnier’s previous films, Blue Ruin and Green Room, especially Green Room. So, while I was lining up to see this at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) me, along with several others were really excited to see this and see what Saulnier has in store for us. The story follows Medora Stone’s (Riley Keough) son gone missing in the Alaskan wilderness. She writes to Russel Core (Jeffrey Wright) to find her son and kill the wolf that took him. As this is going on Vernon (Alexander Skarsgard) comes home from the Middle East and things become much more crazy/violent.

Hold the Dark like his previous projects has great performances, gorgeous cinematography (shot in Alberta), a dark/gloomy story/atmosphere/mood, and a very intriguing story but unlike his previous two projects, suffers from its slow burn pacing. While the story has much to offer and as it progresses you learn more about what happens, its still not enough for me to completely engross me all the way through.

The pacing notably drags for me in the second-half and the ending left me very unsatisfied especially with the events that transpired. After the screening, me and several others were talking about Hold the Dark and we all basically had sort of the  same question “Is that it?”  “What was that ending?” etc.

Overall, I believe this is a must-watch if you love slow-burn thrillers and enjoy Saulnier’s previous work but if you are not a fan of either, then I’m not sure you would enjoy this very much. The characters are interesting, the performances especially from Jeffrey Wright are fantastic, the Alaskan wilderness/overall cinematography is breathtaking to the eye, but unfortunately the story as interesting as it is, doesn’t have enough substance to warrant the run-time.

Rating – ★★★

Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Mid90s Review
Wildlife Review
Climax Review
Green Book Review
First Man Review
Widows Review
If Beale Street Could Talk Review

Wildlife Review

“Calm Destruction”

Paul Dano’s directorial debut follows a story about a boy named Joe (Ed Oxenbould) trying to take a hold of his parent’s marriage falling apart while also dealing with his mother falling in love with another man (Bill Camp). His father Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) loses his job and his mother Jeannette (Carey Mulligan) has to look for work as a result.

Told from the point of view of Joe, you see the destruction/crumbling of his family. The film might be slow to some and I found that there is a section where it does suffer from that, but I found the pacing throughout perfect. It’s a slow-burn family drama. The cinematography is gorgeous. close-ups of each characters, Dano holds it for the perfect time, and you feel their emotion. When Carey and Jake are conversing with one another, you feel like you are right there in that room witnessing it just as Joe is, or on the other end of the spectrum, Carey with Joe, Jake with Joe etc.

Wildlife is a wonderful directorial debut featuring powerhouse performances from everyone involved, gorgeous cinematography, a tight screenplay by Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, and an intriguing story about a family falling apart in 1960s America.

Rating – ★★★★

Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Mid90s Review

First Man Review
Green Book Review
Climax Review
Widows Review
Hold the Dark Review

If Beale Street Could Talk Review


First Man Review

“Houston, Damien Chazelle has done it again”

We all know the story but to those of you who don’t, the film is about Neil Armstrong’s (Ryan Gosling) ascent onto the moon and the events that lead up to it. Clocking in with a run-time of 2 hours and 20 minutes, First-Man I found was way too long and could have been 15-20 minutes shorter. Although the story I found was interesting, there was not enough substance to completely grip/hook me completely throughout.

In terms of the visuals, its absolutely gorgeous. From how everything was shot, making you feel super claustrophobic and how the sound design/mixing completely emulates how that experience would sound. You are inside the cockpit along with the astronaut. You feel every shake which also brings me to another thing – the use of shaky-cam I thought was overdone and kind of took me out of it at times.

The performances are all great. Gosling steals it along with his wife, Janet (Claire Foy) and the supporting cast deliver as well. Another thing I thought was great was the score. I really liked the soundtrack. 

In conclusion, First Man is really well done and you can clearly see the amount of detail that was put into this film and it is a must watch on the big screen for sure. With that being said, First Man didn’t hook me all the way through and I found it really hard to relate to Armstrong and found it a bit dull at times.

Rating – ★★★½

QnA Snippet after the screening of First Man at TIFF

Below are the other films I have watched at TIFF:
Green Book Review
Widows Review
Mid90s Review
Hold the Dark Review
Climax Review
Wildlife Review
If Beale Street Could Talk Review

TIFF 2018: What to keep on your radar.

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the first slate of films for TIFF18. A total of 47 tittles. 17 for Gala Presentations and 30 for Special Presentations.

This year’s line-up is no short of incredible, featuring new films from Steve McQueen, Damien Chazelle, Asghar Farhadi, Jacques Audiard, Jason Reitman, Claire DenisAlfonso Cuarón, Barry Jenkins and more!  Check the whole list here

More tittles will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Below are films that you should keep in check this TIFF and films you should be excited for. This will be the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival.

A Star is Born – about an established artist (Bradley Cooper) who helps a young artist (Lady Gaga) grow and become a successful musician while struggling to deal with his own demons. A Star is Born is also the directorial debut for Bradley Cooper.

Wildlife – about a boy who witnesses his parents (Jake Gyllenhaal & Carey Mulligan) marriage fall apart. Wildlife is also the directorial  debut for Paul Dano and the screenplay is also written by him and Zoe Kazan.

Widows – a crime drama thriller about a group of widows, lead by Viola Davis who come together to take fate into their own hands. The screenplay is written by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger) and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects) and is directed by McQueen. The film stars Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth DebickiBrian Tyree Henry, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, Jacki Weaver, and Carrie Coon.

If Beale Street Could Talk – a woman fights to free her falsely accused husband from prison while carrying their first child. The film is written and directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and stars Ed Skrein, Pedro Pascal, Dave Franco, and Diego Luna.

Burning – a young man grows suspicous about the motives of a deceptive interloper who is hanging around with his childhood friend–turned–burgeoning love interest. The film is directed by Chang-dong Lee.

Roma –  Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien) comes to TIFF this year with a story that chronicles one year in the life of a middle class family in early 1970s Mexico City. The screenplay is also written by Alfonso Cuarón.

Sunset –  about a young girl who grows up to become a strong woman in Budapest before World War 1. The film is directed by László Nemes (Son of Saul).

Beautiful Boy – a story that chronicles the meth addiction and recovery of a young man (Timothée Chalamet) through the eyes of his father played by Steve Carell. The film is directed by Felix Van Groeningen.

High Life
– a sci-fi drama about a group of criminals sent into deep space. The film is directed by Claire Denis and stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, and Mia Goth.

Non – Fiction
– a comedy about a publisher (Guillaume Canet) and his sucessful wife (Juliette Binoche) adapting to the new media landscape. The films is directed by Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria)

First ManDamien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) and Ryan Gosling reunite in this biopic about the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. The  film also stars Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, and Kyle Chandler.

Lots of films will still be announced and a few more tittles will be added to both the Gala Presentations and Special Presentations programme. One film I hope comes to TIFF is Suspiria, fingers cross for Midnight Madness!

My Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War


With a running time of almost 3 hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes) Infinity War is the longest movie in the MCU and I didn’t feel like it dragged at any point. I was hooked from the very first scene and onto the last. I was shook after watching it and just devastated.
Josh Brolin kills it as Thanos which I thoroughly believe is the best villain in the MCU right now.  He’s a compelling character despite being seen as a monster. He had lots of depth to his character. Throughout the film, when Thanos is on screen, I felt his presence and when he fought our heroes, I was legitimately afraid. This was essentially a “Thanos” film more so than the Avengers.
nullAll the performances were great overall, with the standouts in my opinion being Thanos, Spiderman, Wanda, and Gamora. The comedy was fantastic too. All the jokes land especially from the GOTG squad. The action sequences are phenomenal. Seeing the combination of all the heroes you love fight together with all the different combinations of unique fighting skills/powers they each have is just such a joy and so much fun to watch. Visuals were stellar.
In terms of the negatives, some characters won’t have much screen time in comparison to others but that’s a given with how many characters there are in the movie. There’s also so much that happens in this movie that there really isn’t any breathing room. This movie goes 1000000000 m/ph. Trust me. Use the washroom beforehand.
Final thoughts – Infinity War is truly a spectacle that deserves to be seen on the big screen multiple times and its insanely entertaining/rewarding. I can’t stop thinking about it and I can’t wait to see it again…and again…and again…….

Rating –  ★★★★

Top 10 Best Films of 2017

Here’s my list short & sweet……

Honorable Mentions: Dunkirk, Split, Coco, Okja, Logan, The Florida Project, Wonder Woman, Logan, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, mother!, The Big Sick, Thelma,  & The Disaster Artist

Films I haven’t seen yet at the creation of this list: Call Me by Your Name, The Post, Phantom Thread and a few others 

#10) Get Out – Great Original Thriller/Horror from first time director Jordan Peele.

#9) Wind River – Riveting murder mystery. Fantastic debut from the very talented Taylor Sheridan. If you enjoy films like Sicario or Hell or High Water, highly recommend.
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#7) Lady Bird – Thoroughly well done coming of age movie from the lovely Greta Gerwig. Saoirse Ronan gives one of the best performances of her career. Review
Golden Globes Nominations Actress Film Comedy

#6) Good Time – Fucking awesome.GoodTime_Still02.jpg

#5) Blade Runner 2049 – Cinematography is eyegasmic. Just beautiful in every single way from the acting, story, direction…..Villeneuve killed it and he’s on a roll……

#4) The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Great horror. Very well shot. Fantastic acting/score. If you’re a fan of a Lanthimos, def a must watch or if you love horror films.  Review

#3) Columbus – Beautiful. Wonderful score. Quiet yet moving.

#2) Trainspotting 2 – A wonderful sequel. Really entertaining. Felt lots of emotions.

#1) The Shape of Water – A beautiful romantic fairy tale. Sally Hawkins deserves the Oscar for best actress. Great performances all around from the whole cast. Beautiful score from Alexandre Desplat. Del Toro nails it.  Review