Tag Archives: Suspense

April 02

Wild Tales

Written and directed by Damian Szifron, Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) is a film that definitely lives up to its namesake. Set in Argentina, the film is an anthology that revolves around six very different stories which all share themes of violence. It explores how people can either benefit from or succumb to acts of vengeance. […]

March 24

The Gunman

Directed by Pierre Morel, The Gunman is an adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman about a former assassin, Jim Terrier (Sean Penn), whose past sins finally catch up with him. In 2006 Terrier worked as a soldier, unbeknownst to his girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca), and was instrumental in the killing of a minister […]

February 10

TBFF 2015: Manos Sucias

Executive produced by Spike Lee, Manos Sucias tells the tale of two brothers struggling to survive in a world drowning in poverty and endless corruption. Delio (Cristian James Abvincula) is a 19 years-old new father living in the slums of Buenaventura, Columbia. When not dreaming of making it big in the music industry, he plots […]

January 28

Blackhat

As news of cyber-terrorism has become more prominent in public eye following the Sony hacking scandal, the timing of Michael Mann’s 11th (13th if you count his 2 TV films) feature-length film, Blackhat, could not be more perfect. The film revolves around a cyber-terrorist attack on a Chinese nuclear power plant. Leading the investigation for […]

January 24

Inherent Vice

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice is a strange mystery-comedy based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon. Set in 1970 Los Angeles, the film follows a hippie private detective named Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) on a series of misadventures. Sportello’s latest job involves helping an ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth […]

November 20

The Imitation Game

Based on Andrew Hodges book Alan Turing: The Enigma, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game is a fast-paced tale that focuses on a race against the clock to break a seemingly unbreakable code. The source of the dilemma is the Enigma machine, a device that could shift the war in the Allies favor if cracked. Filled […]

July 15

Locke

In an age where attention spans are growing shorter and short by the minute, the fact that Locke even exists feels like a feat in and of itself. While Locke is not the first film to utilize only one location to tell its story, asking the audience to buy into the concept is always a […]

March 27

Five Films to See at Cinéfranco

Cinéfranco, the city’s premier festival for showcasing Francophone cinema, will be kicking off its 17th year tomorrow night. Running from March 28 to April 6, 2014, and covering topics such as sex, love, corruption, politics, crime and self-discovery, there is no shortage of films to satisfy your French appetite. With so many wonderful films to […]

November 07

Reel Asian Review: Confession of Murder

South Korea has produced several entertaining genre bending films in recent years and Confession of Murder is one of them. As with most films that frequently mix tones, it is easy to overlook just how much craft goes into making the film work. The number of tonal shifts that Confession of Murder will no doubt […]

October 27

Toronto After Dark Review: Big Bad Wolves

Say what you will about Quentin Tarantino, but when he speaks, film lovers listen. When Tarantino recently proclaimed Big Bad Wolves as the best film of the year (so far), the already highly anticipated film immediately became a must see title at Toronto After Dark. Regardless of what you make of his “best of…” proclamation […]

October 16

Captain Phillips

I always hope that, if I ever find myself in a perilous situation, I would be able to stay strong and be heroic. However, I’m pretty sure that running and hiding would be my first (and likely last) instinct. Since I tend to shout at heroes in films (“Why are you staying to fight? Run […]