Category Archives: TIFF Reviews

100-Word TIFF: “Shame”

I’m not a fan of sex in film, television or theatre. It’s often gimmicky, yes, but more than that it’s distracting. Shame, though – with Michael Fassbender’s sex addict losing control of himself and his unhinged sister (a scene-stealing Carey … Continue reading

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100-Word TIFF: “Sarah Palin: You Betcha!”

It made for more than uncomfortable viewing watching a couple of hundred laugh at the opening of this doc, as Nick Broomfield trots out the old reliable Palin mis-steps. Not to say that Palin isn’t deserving of mockery, but this … Continue reading

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100-Word TIFF: “Whores’ Glory”

Whores’ Glory pulls in a triptych of stories from Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico to document varying levels of horror. The opening section, following women working in Bangkok, is filled with uncomfortable moments as they are selected from a glass-panelled “fish … Continue reading

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100-Word TIFF: “Hysteria”

Surely one for which the phrase “Victorian romp” was invented, Hysteria tracks the world’s first vibrator – by way of female madness, London poverty, and Madame Pomfrey from Harry Potter being fingered by the bad guy from Tomorrow Never Dies … Continue reading

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100-Word TIFF: “The Tall Man”

An uncomfortable documentary on Cameron Doomadgee, an aboriginal Australian found dead in his cell 45 minutes after being taken in for public drunkenness. The sometimes murky guilt of unprosecuted Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley seems evident by the end, but what … Continue reading

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100-Word TIFF: “Funny Man”

Examining the life of a comedian is never a recipe for laughter, and this biography of Danish comic Dirch Passer doesn’t disappoint. Passer’s gift for comedy is introduced alongside his partner Kjeld, but it’s when he tries to stretch his … Continue reading

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100-Word TIFF: “You’re Next”

Yes it was midnight, yes there was much camradarie, but that doesn’t change the fact that You’re Next is one of the most finely crafted and well-paced horror movies you’ll see this year. Sharni Vinson goes from doe-eyed Aussie to … Continue reading

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