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

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