TIFF 2020: 'Another Round' is One of Thomas Vinterberg's Best Films

By: FirstShowing.net


"The world is never as you expect." That's the truth, even when we don't want it to be. Originally selected as a 2020 Cannes Film Festival premiere (before that fest was cancelled this year), Thomas Vinterberg's latest film is instead premiering at t...

Venice 2020: Chloe Zhao's Soulful, Gorgeous 'Nomadland' Journey

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Home is where the heart is. And as they say in this film: a house is not the same as a home. Being house-less is not the same as being homeless. That's a lesson we can all learn. Nomadland is the third feature film made by acclaimed filmmaker Chloe Z...

Venice 2020: Gia Coppola's 'Mainstream' Gets Right Up in Your Face

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The internet is a fame machine. It can turn nobodies into world famous celebrities in the blink of an eye. We all know how it works, of course, but is internet fame really a good thing anymore? Probably Definitely not. But everyone is still addicted...

Venice 2020: 'Pieces of a Woman' Will Break You Then Rebuild You

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Life is not only happiness and love and wonderful moments, as much we all wish it were. With all the good in life, there is also the bad, and every last one of us struggles greatly with the weight of emotions during these tough times when they find u...

Venice 2020: Two Bozos & One Giant Fly in Dupieux's 'Mandibules'

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What do two idiots, one giant fly, and Adèle Exarchopoulos have in common? Absolutely nothing! Except for a desire to eat good food and enjoy themselves in the summer sun. Mandibules is the latest creation from wacky French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux...

Venice 2020: 'I Am Greta' is an Emotional, Inspiring Portrait of a Hero

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"I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!" Yes - preach! We all know who she is, we've all seen her speeches. Greta Thunberg is an inspirational he...

Review: 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' is a Captivating, Metaphysical Tale

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When I was in school growing up we studied a painting that particularly captured my heart and my mind. Its title, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, is a perfect description of the events portrayed in the painting. The French Po...

Venice 2020: Bleak Greek Drama 'Apples' is Melancholic Yet Tender

By: FirstShowing.net


There's nothing like watch a good film that leaves you with that warm embrace of cinema. Apples was my first screening of the 2020 Venice Film Festival, an interesting experience considering we're all wearing masks and sitting at least 1 meter (or ~3...

Fantasia 2020: 'The Oak Room' Engages with Enigmatic Storytelling

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Screened as a selection of the virtual 2020 Fantasia Film Festival. Many stories begin with, "a man walks into a bar." They are often light jokes, but some involve bone-chilling circumstances and plot twists that we would never expect to follow. The...

Fantasia 2020: '12 Hour Shift' is Chaotic with an Edgy Sense of Humor

By: FirstShowing.net


Screened as a selection of the virtual 2020 Fantasia Film Festival. Working is generally exhausting. Even if you love your job, it can still be draining. Every one of us has had a bad day at work, and it can be because of many different factors. Howe...

Fantasia 2020: 'The Columnist' Showcases the Toxicity of Social Media

By: FirstShowing.net


Screened as a selection of the virtual 2020 Fantasia Film Festival. Shortly after watching The Columnist, I noticed that Twitter enabled a very interesting feature – you can now control who can reply to your tweets. It would be a highly valuable be...

High Score Review: An Enthralling Look at the Video Game Revolution

By: ComingSoon.net


Get ready for a fun throwback to the 80s and 90s! The post High Score Review: An Enthralling Look at the Video Game Revolution appeared first on ComingSoon.net.

Review: 'She Dies Tomorrow' is an Eerie Depiction of Dreading Death

By: FirstShowing.net


"We're all going to die at some point," says Jason (played by Chris Messina) at some point in She Dies Tomorrow, written and directed by Amy Seimetz (Sun Don't Shine). Those words brought me back to one particular moment of my childhood. It was late...

Rebuilding Paradise Review: Finding Hope in Tragedy

By: ComingSoon.net


Rebuilding Paradise lays on the emotional beats a little thick but still manages to tell a tale filled with hope The post Rebuilding Paradise Review: Finding Hope in Tragedy appeared first on ComingSoon.net.

Review: Dave Franco's Horror Film 'The Rental' Overstays Its Welcome

By: FirstShowing.net


Filmmaker Joe Swanberg is best known for his work in the mumblecore subgenre, writing and directing micro-budget films with an emphasis on naturalistic acting and improvised dialogue. His movies, like 2013's Drinking Buddies and 2014's Happy Christma...

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