TIFF 2021 Review: “Montana Story”

TIFF 2021 Review: “Montana Story”

Besides the characters themselves, this film might as well be a tourism advertisement for the beauty of Montana. Giles Nuttgens’ cinematography is gorgeous, highlighting the landscapes, and it looks beautiful even in simple scenes of Erin riding a horse, Mr. T, with landscapes in the background. The cinematography here definitely has put Montana on my bucket list. The film’s great score complements these visuals so beautifully, too, and some scenes had me in awe.

Review: Powder Keg (Krudttønden) (2020)

Review: Powder Keg (Krudttønden) (2020)

Featured image: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Powder Keg. (Courtesy of Route 504 PR.) Directed by Ole Christian Madsen. Written by Lars Kristian Andersen, Ole Christian Madsen. Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jakob Oftebro, Lars Brygmann. Runtime 1h 46 min. Released Sept. 7, 2021 (in Canada); March 5, 2020 (in Denmark). In Powder Keg (Krudttønden in Danish), we learn about the terrorist [...]

Fantasia Film Festival Review: The Last Thing Mary Saw (2021)

Fantasia Film Festival Review: The Last Thing Mary Saw (2021)

The 1800s and horror are just such a great mix. Really, any film that's horror but also a period piece is such an opportunity to utilize some of the underappreciated aspects of horror films; like showcasing great production design (by Charlie Chaspooley Robinson), costume design (Sofija Mesicek) and especially cinematography (by David Kruta, whose use of natural light looks so beautiful here). These are all checked boxes for Edoardo Vitaletti's feature film debut, The Last Thing Mary Saw, Even from the film's title, there's a sense of foreboding in the film, which follows the titular Mary (Stefanie Scott) in 1853 Southold, New York. 

Review: Sound of Metal (2020)

Review: Sound of Metal (2020)

On what is nearly the 9-year anniversary of my website, this review is the first post written by someone other than myself. The author of this review is Arpit Nayak, a good friend of Filmcraziest.com and a regular staff writer at TheMovieBuff.net., where you can read more of his in-depth reviews here. Here's his review of Sound of Metal:

The story kicks off with a hard punk music performance in a club. We see the band's drummer, Ruben (Riz Ahmed), playing it all out with lead singer and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke), snarling indistinguishable lyrics at the multitude. You want more of it, but it shifts gears as it pitches into a more piercingly pacific world where the agitation is profound and you can't vigor your way through.

Fantasia Film Festival Review: We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2021)

Fantasia Film Festival Review: We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2021)

Director, writer and editor Jane Schoenbrun has a knack for making comfortable things uncomfortable. For instance, an ASMR video that Casey watches on a projector screen. I’m a headphones user and this scene triggered my fight or flight response.

The woman in the video tells us we’re safe and pets the screen, and all I could think was, “Stop petting me.” It’s chilling because of Schoenbrun’s creepy atmosphere in the film. Of course, if you go to the real ASMR video, there’s nothing in the comments but positivity about how much the video helped them. It’s a safe place.

There’s no such thing as a safe place in We’re All Going to the World’s Fair.

Review: Dachra (2021)

Review: Dachra (2021)

Directed by Abdelhamid Bouchnak. Written by Abdelhamid Bouchnak. Starring Yassmine Dimassi, Aziz Jebali, Bilel Slatnia. Runtime 1h 54 min. Released July 9, 2021. This review contains mild spoilers. As I’m still diving deeper into world cinema, it’s safe to say Dachra is the first film I’ve seen out of Tunisia. In fact, it’s reportedly Tunisia’s [...]