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Mandy: Starless, by David Bax

Most of the graphic design associated with Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy that’s already out there (one-sheet, title treatment, etc.) is very metal. We’re talking 1980s Dio, manly men with giant swords and demons to use them on kinda metal. In case you were...

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TIFF 2018: Gloria Bell, by David Bax

There’s an unavoidable cheapening effect when a non-American director remakes their own film in English. To be churlish about it, these movies are made for the type of person who would prefer The Grudge to Ju-On. Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria was one of the...

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TIFF 2018: Kursk, by David Bax

I always find it difficult to write about a submarine movie without writing about submarine movies as a genre. My fascination with the format probably comes from the fact that, while the tropes are clearly defined, there aren’t enough such...

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TIFF 2018: Mouthpiece, by David Bax

Even if you didn’t know going in that Patricia Rozema’s Mouthpiece is an adaptation of a play (by writers/stars Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava), it wouldn’t take you long to guess as much. Characters here don’t talk; they opine, reflect and declare...

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TIFF 2018: Dogman, by David Bax

Dogman starts out bearing some resemblance to a previous film from director Matteo Garrone, 2012’s Reality. That film’s lead was a fishmonger, well liked in his neighborhood; this time around, it’s a dog groomer named Marcello (Marcello Fonte), equally appreciated by the...