My Groovy Top 10 Films of 2014

My Groovy Top 10 Films of 2014 0

10. Inherent Vice (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) P.T. Anderson’s adaptation of Inherent Vice, much like Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 book, is not to be trusted or held accountable to “make sense”. What’s most remarkable about the film though is the maturity of Anderson’s craft – the tone a steady balance of screwball and serious, with a camera that […]

Freethinkers: On George Orwell

Freethinkers: On George Orwell 0

Written by Tom Beaver “Genius: a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creativity, or originality, typically to a degree associated with the achievement of new advances in a particular domain of knowledge.” George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, Bihar, British India in 1903. His father was a British official in the Indian […]

Freethinkers: On Christopher Hitchens

Freethinkers: On Christopher Hitchens 0

“I burned the candle at both ends and it gave a lovely light.” Much is, and has been, said about the sharp irony, candour, and severely controversial words from the works of Christopher Hitchens. You did not have to agree with him – in fact, most of the time I didn’t – but in any case […]

TIFF ’14: The Editor

TIFF ’14: The Editor 0

The tricky thing about parody is that it must have a deep affection for the targeted genre, and at the same time reserve space for a certain creative distance. With too much of the former, parodies tend to lose that slight (but necessary) belittlement quality and ultimately become way-too-earnest imitations of a subject they originally […]

TIFF ’14: Hungry Hearts

TIFF ’14: Hungry Hearts 0

Here is a film that really disturbed me. It’s called Hungry Hearts, made by the Italian director Saverio Costanzo who clearly enjoys Roman Polanski’s Apartment Trilogy but has less positive feelings about the difficulties of raising a child. But, as what often makes Polanski’s movies so effective, inspired technique can work horrifying, if (in this […]

TIFF ’14: Love & Mercy

TIFF ’14: Love & Mercy 0

What a feat it requires to cinematically tell the story of Brian Wilson, the eccentric American musician and chief songwriter (among other things) of The Beach Boys who came up with the ultimate oddity of concept albums, Pet Sounds, in 1966. There and after, Wilson battled with crippling bouts of depression and substance abuse. He […]

TIFF ’14: The Drop

TIFF ’14: The Drop 0

I haven’t felt this much anxiety watching a crime movie since Scott Cooper’s underrated Out of the Furnace. The Drop is a riveting crime drama about two men, Bob (Tom Hardy) and Marv (James Gandolfini), whose Brooklyn bar, a “drop bar” for local Chechen mafia, is put in jeopardy when robbed by two masked men. […]