How Heavy This Hammer (2015)

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A married, middle aged man with children finds the only enjoyment in his life comes from playing online fantasy video games in this study of modern masculinity.

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Whatever investigation it's attempting, the movie is leaden in its pacing - the first 15 minutes feel like an hour - and its constricted shooting style, practically all hand-held almost close-ups, is transparent in its contrivance of realism.

Feb 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Radwanski creates a visceral, impossible-to-ignore document of one man's fraught reality. It is creative, bold and even dangerous filmmaking.

Aug 12, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[A] drama that watches what happens when adolescence ignores the calendar.

Aug 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The pic burrows into a style as oppressively confining as its subject's view of marriage.

Aug 11, 2016 | Full Review…

In his tale of repressed game-addicted dad Erwin (Erwin Van Cotthem), Radwanski looks not for a simple tabloid scapegoat, but digs deeper into what drives a middle-aged, middle-class man to near-paralysing regression.

Aug 25, 2018 | Full Review…

In just two features and several shorts, co-conceived with producing partner Dan Montgomery, Radwanski has proven himself a gentler, Southern Ontarian answer to Dardennes-style social realism.

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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