Klaus Review: Animated April

Wanting to watch something to feel the spirit of Christmas is how I ended up watching “Klaus” (2019) the first time. It ended up being a film that we all loved and deemed eminently re-watchable. This film has all the makings of a new Christmas Classic to be enjoyed by the whole family. It steps away from the traditional tales of how the legend of Santa Claus came to be and creates an entirely new story that still manages to explain the toy-making, the sleigh, the reindeer, the naughty list, the red suit, and, of course, the timeless tradition of Letters to Santa. This film further subverts other Christmas Classics because the central character is not Santa Claus but the new local postman, Jesper (Jason Schwartzman). Continue reading Klaus Review: Animated April

Missing Link Review: Animated April

form of animated project is a labour of love but none more so than stop-motion animation. The studio behind classics such as “Coraline” and “Kubo and the Two Strings LAIKA”, is the ultimate Hollywood champion of claymation. But despite their 2019 Golden Globe winning feature “Missing Link” being an exemplary addition to their filmography, it, undeservedly, came and went with little fanfare.  Continue reading Missing Link Review: Animated April

I Lost My Body Review: Animated April

Even for their comparable centrality to daily life, hands are rarely granted the same artistic fascination as eyes in terms of metaphorical and poetic consideration. Proverbs and clichés alike lean on ideas of sight. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Literature and cinema follow the same path, whether it’s horror stories fixating on visions and illusions or the very idea of voyeurism as a touchpoint for artists from Alfred Hitchcock to Gillian Flynn. Sight dominates sensory storytelling, yet it is eschewed in favor of the tactile significance of hands and touches in “I Lost My Body” (2019). Jérémy Clapin’s film offers the parallel narratives of Naoufel (Hakim Faris) as he yearns for Gabrielle (Victoire du Bois), and Naoufel’s hand which embarks on a perilous journey to reunite with its body. Continue reading I Lost My Body Review: Animated April

Flee: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 83 minutes Director/Writer: Jonas Poher Rasmussen Actors: Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh, Milad Eskandari, Belal Faiz, Elaha Faiz, Zahra Mehrwarz By Tom Moore Refugee stories are becoming more and more important to hear as they shed light on the hardships many are facing in simply trying to find safety and homestead. Filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen emphasizes that more than ever with his latest … Continue reading Flee: NYFF 2021 Review

SIFF 2021 Review: Nahuel and the Magic Book

Year: 2020 Runtime: 98 minutes . Director: German Acuna Starring: Consuelo Pizarro, Marcelo Liapiz, Jorge Lillo By: Tom Moore Director German Acuna creates a delightfully adventurous animated coming of age tale with his directorial debut “Nahuel and the Magic Book”(2020). The film follows a young boy named Nahuel (voiced by Consuelo Pizarro) who yearns to impress his sea-faring father but struggles to work beside him … Continue reading SIFF 2021 Review: Nahuel and the Magic Book

SIFF 2021 Review: The Bears’ Famous Invasion

Year: 2019 Runtime: 82 minutes Directors: Lorenzo Mittotti Starring: Thomas Bidegain, Leila Bekhti, Jean Claude-Carriere, Thierry Hancisse By: Tom Moore Through visually stunning and eye-catching animation as well as charming storytelling, director Lorenzo Mittotti’s adaptation of Dino Buzzati’s famous Italian children’s book of a similar name brings the imaginative illustrations and story to life. The film, set in a fantastical version of Sicily, tells the … Continue reading SIFF 2021 Review: The Bears’ Famous Invasion

Cruella De Vil at 60: A spotty villain who still sears the screen

By Valerie Kalfrin Cruella De Vil takes a back seat to no one. This frightening fashionista burst onscreen sixty years ago in 1961’s “One Hundred and One Dalmatians,” a blare from her Bugatti-like roadster — and her own theme song — heralding her arrival. Who else would have such nerve but this woman with black and white hair as stark as her plans for those … Continue reading Cruella De Vil at 60: A spotty villain who still sears the screen