Piers Marchant at TIFF, Day Five

September 12, 2017

TIFF 2017: Day 5 Films: 3 Vibe: Ground Down Chappaquiddick: For a film that could have gone absolutely, terribly wrong, John Cullen’s examination of the infamous Ted Kennedy incident that left a young woman drowned and his political career in tatters is almost …

Piers Marchant at TIFF, Day Four

September 11, 2017

TIFF 2017: Day 4 Films: 3 Vibe: Dispirited Mary Shelley: One of the bigger disappointments of the festival so far, especially considering the talent of the director, Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda) and the potency of the subject matter. Shelley, of course, was the …

Piers Marchant at TIFF, Day Three

September 10, 2017

TIFF 2017: Day 3 Films: 3 Vibe: Piquant Stronger: Patriots Day was the kind of reactionary, jingoistic bonfire designed almost solely for Boston native son Mark Wahlburg to mutter “They messed with the wrong city!” on screen. David Gordon Green explores similar territory – …

Piers Marchant at TIFF, Day Two

September 9, 2017

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 TIFF 2017: Day 2 Films: 5 Vibe: Observant The Rider: Lyric and beautiful cinema vérité film from Chloé Zhao about a young rodeo cowboy (played by actual rodeo cowboy Brady Jandreau) who is forced to stop riding on horses after …

Piers Marchant at TIFF, Day One

September 8, 2017

SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 TIFF 2017: Day 1 Films: 3 Vibe: Consternation Happy End: Michael Haneke isn’t known for his compassion, exactly – he is, after all the filmmaker who made Funny Games essentially to shame American audiences’ love of violence – but hidden within the …

A Conversation With Werner Herzog on Music and Film

June 2, 2017

Karen Martin’s Home Movies

March 24, 2017

By Karen Martin Miss Sloane, directed by John Madden (R, 2 hours, 12 minutes) Jessica Chastain elevates the impact of this otherwise unremarkable suspense drama with her performance as Elizabeth Sloane, a bossy, brilliant and cold-hearted lobbyist who reigns supreme …

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Members’ Oscars 2017 Opinions

March 6, 2017

AWFJ Members’ Oscars 2017 Opinions, in Brief — Jennifer Merin reports Posted by awfj-admin on Mar 5, 2017 | 0 Comments Our goal is to present a compendium of AWFJ members’ perspectives on Oscars 2017. Not surprisingly, the views vary …

Piers Marchant at Sundance: Day Six

January 25, 2017

Sundance: Day 6 Number of Films: 4 Vibe: Life is Misery Bad Day for the Cut: Imagine an Irish John Wick, only as a farmer armed only with an old hunting rifle, and who tools around in a red camper …

Piers Marchant at Sundance: Day Five

January 24, 2017

Sundance: Day 5 Number of Films: 2 Vibe: Snowbound Call Me By Your Name: This film, from acclaimed Italian director Luca Guadagnino, had its public premiere last night, and as the resulting accolades came pouring in via twitter, it was …