Brett Pardy

Brett Pardy
Brett Pardy's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Seventh Row
Publications: Seventh Row

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% 76 Days (2020) 76 Days is a documentary that will be labelled "timely", but the film's strength is that it never stresses its own importance nor is it a didactic call to action. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
No Score Yet Conviction (2020) Prison offers stability, but at the same time, sets them up for failure when they are released into society with no supports in place. Conviction sparks the imagination necessary to envision alternatives. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
90% Luce (2019) Luce laments "I only get to be a saint or a monster" but the film's problem is that it is ultimately asking us to make this very judgement. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
90% The Cordillera of Dreams (La cordillera de los sueños) (2020) With Cordillera of Dreams, Documentarian Patricio Guzmán completes his trilogy contrasting the beauty of Chile's landscapes with the horror of its recent political history by focusing on the deceptively unchanging Andes cordillera. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
98% 63 Up (2019) Because of Apted's long relationship with these people, such discussion does not feel exploitative; instead, we glimpse a rare, pure emotional honesty that may not even be shared with friends. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
91% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020) The result of engaging with Chatwin's ideas while allowing the viewer to re-evaluate them is one of Herzog's more thought-provoking films in years. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
100% Made in Bangladesh (2020) Made in Bangladesh never sugar coats the near-insurmountable obstacles Shimu and her fellow workers face...[the] mix scenes of Shimu coming up against barriers with scenes of her achieving small successes ensures the film never feels hopeless. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Balloon (Qiqiu) (2019) Tseden is never preachy, playing this conflict out in softly observed vignettes; the plot often slips to focus instead on the emotional ripples of the conflict's emotional aftermath. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
97% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) The film's real time nature allows us to experience how the mundane ways people interact, such as the questions Áila asks in an attempt to get to know Rosie, help shape the ways in which people come to understand each other. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger (2019) As in many of her best films, Obomsawin explores the effect of abstract political rules and dull bureaucracy on real people's lives...This is a perfect film to introduce international audiences to Obomsawin's activist cinema. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Edge of the Knife (2018) This film immerses the viewer in the pre-colonial world, without any hand-holding exposition for a non-Indigenous audience. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
82% The Crossing (Guo chun tian) (2019) First-time director Bai Xue has a vibrant style, skilfully controlling the pace to reflect Peipei's two lives as student and smuggler. And the film has the year's best shark scene! - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
99% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) Avilés challenges us to look beyond the uniform and pay close attention to the lives of workers cleaning up the wealthier's waste. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
89% The Stone Speakers (2018) The juxtaposition of all four tourism strategies leaves an uneasy sense that beneath the promotion of each site's claim to historical authenticity, something significant is being left out: Bosniak history. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
100% nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (2019) By weaving in a personal story, Hubbard elevates this documentary from a summary of the case to a poignant exploration of how to maintain Indigenous identity in a settler society. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
100% In My Blood It Runs (2019) My Blood It Runs shows us that colonialism is not just a painful legacy to grapple with, but an ongoing process necessitating resistance. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) Midnight Traveler offers a strong rebuke to the belief that countries are too accommodating to refugees. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% Bedlam (2019) Bedlam provides valuable context about how prisons have largely replaced asylums as facilities to care for people with mental illnesses. But the film's real strength is in Rosenberg's connection with his subjects. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
No Score Yet First Stripes (Premières Armes) (2018) It's a far cry from the optimistic peacekeeping image taught in Canadian schools and promoted internationally. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
91% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) In The Wound, being a man isn't about being a naturally dominant person, but about learning to submit yourself to a patriarchal model that demands heterosexuality. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
79% Indian Horse (2018) In attempting to faithfully adapt the novel's plot, the filmmakers abandon one of Indian Horse's most affecting aspects, its storytelling methods. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet Luk'Luk'I (2017) The one thread that tied the vignettes together is underbaked: the contrast between the privileged few who could participate in the Olympics' feel good Canadian patriotism with those who are systemically excluded is lost. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
100% Hello Destroyer (2016) Hello Destroyer is a hockey movie where the drama is not in the game, but in how its violence has consequences that ripple off the ice. - Seventh Row EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017