Tagged: biography

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I Do Movies Badly: Close-Up

I’m wrapping up September with unadulterated, unfiltered Abbas Kiarostami. Close-Up, the filmmaker’s second feature-length film, radiates the visual and aesthetic ambition of a young filmmaker exploring cinematic conventions for the very first time.  Listen to the end for an exciting announcement about...

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Loro: Unstable, Genius, by David Bax

This review originally ran as a part of our TIFF 2018 coverage. Back in 2008, Paolo Sorrentino and actor Toni Servillo made a film called Il Divo, in which Servillo portrayed former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti. That movie was more...

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Tolkien: Middle-Brow, by David Bax

It doesn’t seem unreasonable to assume, if you’ve chosen to watch a movie called Tolkien about J.R.R. Tolkien, you’re probably forearmed with some awareness and appreciation of who the guy was. But director Dome Karukoski and screenwriters David Gleeson and...