TIFF REVIEW: ‘Still Processing’ (2020): A Journey of Grief and Vulnerability

As Sophy Romvari goes through each of her own childhood photographs for the first time on camera, she gives a stunning portrait of joy, grief and trauma of lost memories.

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REVIEW: ‘Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story’ (2020) is a Portrait of Addiction and Sobriety

Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story opens with Lett touring the Vancouver comedy club scene, arguing with the audience, making crude jokes, and refusing to pay his bar tab. He’s been kicked out of almost every establishment in the city and it’s easy to judge him because he comes across as such a hateful person. Richard Lett is an old school Canadian comedian, old school being a kinder description for offensive. He’s brash, loud, and rude, with his personality making it easy to dismiss him. But Never Be Done takes the time to uncover why Lett makes these actions.

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FANTASIA REVIEW: Ladies it’s Time to Dump Him, ‘Don’t Text Back’ (2020)

“Don’t Text Back is the embodiment of the phrase: You can do better than him.” Warn your friends about shitty dudes; that truly should be the motto for millennial dating culture. The heteronormative world is filled with horror stories from young women about bad Tinder dates and terrible relationships. From the classic, “oh my god…

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FANTASIA REVIEW: ‘Doppelbänger’ (2020) is a Sci-Fi Film with a Retro Feel

While Doppelbänger serves as proof of concept for a series called Autom Reign, as shown by the short film’s open ending, it easily manages to stand well on its own.

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FANTASIA REVIEW: ‘Sanzaru’ 2020 is a Subdued Gothic Horror with a Filipino Twist

“Sanzaru’s lingering sense of terror makes for a compelling horror.” Secrets are the driving force of Xia Magnus’ debut feature film Sanzaru, an unsettling slow-burn horror that fuses Southern Gothic and Filipino legend to create an unparalleled ghost story. Sanzaru is the Japanese term for the three wise monkeys who “see no evil, hear no…

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: ‘Clapboard Jungle’ (2020) and the Harsh Reality of Independent Filmmaking

“Clapboard Jungle is the quintessential handbook for aspiring filmmakers.” Turning the camera on himself, Justin McConnell’s Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business, chronicles the hardships of navigating the film industry. Utilizing a mixture of talking heads interviews and guerrilla-style vlogging, McConnell explores how difficult it is for independent filmmakers to navigate the business side…

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REVIEW: Seth Rogen is a “Dill-ight” in ‘An American Pickle’ (2020)

An American Pickle does have the elements to become something special, but unfortunately, the film does not come close to achieving this.

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REVIEW: ‘Dante: A Replication’ (2020): A Short Film Produced in Quarantine

Talented filmmakers are not limited by their surroundings; they adapt to them.

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REVIEW: ‘Stationary’ (2020) is a Unique Take on a Commonly Told Story

Set mostly within the claustrophobic confines of a parked car, writer-director Louis Chan presents the story of a pair of reunited friends.

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