Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

Portait of a Garden is the first film directed by Rosie Stapel, whose film career to date has been entirely in art direction and production design. This is absolutely not a trivial fact. The film, which has been sneaking around quietly for almost two years on the festival circuit, and is currently enjoying a wisp […]

Screens at CIFF: 10/12 & 10/13 & 10/14World premiere: 26 March, 2013, New Directors/New Films In a lot of ways, the debut film of director Alex Pitstra, Die Welt, is a paint-by-numbers affair – the lines flawlessly filled in, which not everyone can do, but still – but I think it’s fair to start talking […]

The earliest movies were what we would now call documentaries: real people going on about their business in front of a camera. Indeed, they were more “documentary” than most modern examples of the form, which usually look at some event of subculture or individual in the context of a narrative as well-defined as anything to […]

Author’s note, January 2017: Boy, does this one need to be revisited. There was a time when I disliked Total Recall? What the hell, 25-year-old Tim. Like many Americans, my exposure to the films of Paul Verhoeven has been…limited. And like most Americans, I’ve been woefully underimpressed by the likes of Total Recall and Hollow […]