One Room With A View

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (2021) Carmen Paddock Charming, magical, and romantic in theme and tone, Koberidze has created a marvel of the mundane. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/5 Limbo (2021) Carmen Paddock Limbo hits the point of diminishing returns as it goes into its grim metropolitan underbelly, but its painstaking build and reveal structure and mastery of coherent fight choreography showcases some of the best of the genre. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/5 Mr. Bachmann and His Class (2021) Carmen Paddock Mr Bachmann and His Class is extraordinarily life-affirming and has high hopes for a globalised, integrated next generation. The world could take note of one teacher's work. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/5 Social Hygiene (2021) Carmen Paddock It is a biting, joyous look at multifaceted relationships doomed to failure, repetition, and hope. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
2/5 Moxie (2021) Anna McKibbin Moxie is an occasionally lovely but largely unfocused teen dramedy. Boasting just a few flashes of inspiration, the film is a harmless, sweet mess. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 Black Bear (2020) Scott Wilson A puzzling and provocative piece of cinema, with a reliably exceptional performance from Plaza, Black Bear stands out from the pack. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/5 Spring Blossom (2020) Scott Wilson Undoubtedly smart and socially conscious, and effective at pulling you into Suzanne's smitten feelings, Spring Blossom is a good start for the young artist, but lacks thematic depth and bite. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/5 Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Rafaela Sales Ross Sadly, what it really needed was a heavy foot on the gas. Instead, it misses the finish line entirely. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 Introduction (2021) Carmen Paddock Introduction knows it does not need to be grander, larger, or longer than it needs to -- a rarity in cinema. While not the most memorable tale, it enjoys its characters' most minute musings with a wink, smile, and warm hug. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/5 () Scott Wilson Undergods gets so much right for a debut feature, particularly what it achieves through its textures -- the tactile cityscape, Wojciech Golczewski's synth score -- and with a tighter, more affecting narrative, Moya will be one to watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) Carmen Paddock Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn is great luck for audiences looking for a surprising, subversive, imaginative take on language, sex, and the endless meanings of both. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 Night Raiders (2021) Josefine A. With impressive performances by the ensemble cast, Night Raiders is an exciting addition to the rising body of indigenous genre films, firmly establishing Goulet as a thrilling -- and skillful -- storyteller. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/5 The World After Us (2021) Carmen Paddock The World After Us treads familiar ground and feels less than the sum of its parts -- notably when its New Wave stylings throw it against classics of the genre. By the time the credits roll, however, its heart proves in the right place. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
5/5 Petite Maman (2021) Josefine Algieri After the opulence of the historical drama Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Sciamma's Petite Maman is masterfully stripped back to the bare essentials, making the tale all the more affecting. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 Drift Away (2021) Carmen Paddock Drift Away impresses due to its undidactic central character study -- Laurent's journey is one he must make alone, and the surrounding cinematic stylings serve to open his world to the audience rather than force conflict or conclusion. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 A Brixton Tale (2021) Rafaela Sales Ross Directing duo Carey and Desrochers... superbly find freshness in an otherwise tired motif. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/5 Victim(s) (2020) Scott Wilson A sharper focus would have benefited this grim tale, one that is crammed with ideas. Yet Victim(s) gracefully handles moral grey areas, while highlighting the many failures preceding a tragedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/5 Iorram - Boat Song (2021) Scott Wilson More heartfelt document of oral artefacts than engaging cinema, Iorram (Boat Song) is valuable in the way it upholds tradition while keeping it safe for years to come. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
4/5 Beans (2020) Josefine A. Fueled and propelled by the personal experiences it is based on, Beans is a deeply moving film, wrenching the heart as well as the gut in its raw urgency. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
4/5 Moon, 66 Questions (2021) Josefine A. Delicate and empathetic, Moon, 66 Questions is an impressive debut feature. Part coming-of-age, part illness narrative, the film is above all an intimate portrait of Artemis as she is forced to reevaluate her relationship with her father. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
4/5 Memory Box (2021) Josefine A. Ultimately transcending the personal, Memory Box documents a greater part of Lebanese history through the lives of its characters. The film itself becomes a curated time capsule, filled with sensual and visual impressions that last long after viewing. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
4/5 I'm Your Man (2021) Carmen Paddock In a time of worldwide loneliness, it is a joyous, soothing journey. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/5 Language Lessons (2021) Josefine A. A charming small-scale production made to be viewed on a laptop screen, Language Lessons is still an admirable feat, successfully highlighting the importance of emotional connections above anything else. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
2/5 The Mauritanian (2021) Rafaela Sales Ross Despite the weight of its protagonist, the narrative drowns in its length as crucial elements are left unexplored in lieu of ticking off boxes from The Blockbuster To-Do List. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
Creation Stories (2021) Scott Wilson A frequently funny film with a deceptive amount of pathos. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/5 Riders of Justice (2021) Rafaela Sales Ross Stuck between comedy and revenge thriller, Riders of Justice often feels lost, sitting on a fence that does little for the narrative. When it dives headfirst into comedy, it is a highly enjoyable watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/5 There Is No Evil (2020) Rafaela Sales Ross Many ethical dilemmas can be lengthily dissected in There Is No Evil, but its greatest merit is that it refuses to delineate any moral grounds. The cards are handed, but, unfortunately, the game in question has no end in sight. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/5 I Care a Lot (2020) Carmen Paddock I Care a Lot knows how fun the darkest, most amoral opportunism can be on screen, revelling in nastiness and soaring in its character-driven moments. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
4/5 Minari (2020) Scott Wilson As this delicate and gentle film explodes into action, it becomes clear how much is at stake. A timeless family tale of entangled emotional and financial struggles, Minari is majestic. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
4/5 Murmur (2019) Rafaela Sales Ross In this neverending sequence of failures, Murmur poignantly states: hope here is eternally drenched in sorrow. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
4/5 Run (2020) Alysha Prasad Chaganty has achieved great things with his second feature, which is a must-see for those who love a good adrenaline rush. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2021
4/5 Woman in Motion (2019) Nick Davie Earnest in its portrayal of Nichols' life and legacy, Woman in Motion is a documentary for lovers of Star Trek and science alike, but you don't have to be interested in either very deeply to be taken aback by the magnitude of this tale. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
3/5 Shook (2021) Sophie Maxwell A few truly tense scenes, a good central performance and an interesting blend of real life and digital experiences make Shook worth a watch, but it remains firmly in the camp of horror B-movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
3/5 To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) Carmen Paddock Like the rest of the trilogy, To All the Boys: Always and Forever knows that the biggest, scariest, and most rewarding parts of love are its smallest, most intimate declarations with no expectations of return. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
1/5 Willy's Wonderland (2021) Daniel Theophanous You're likely to feel puzzled and frustrated after watching, left with the question of whether this ill-conceived film is a genuine spoof or a cult classic -- but that's only if you care enough to find out. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
News of the World (2020) Rory Steabler The shallowness of the film's politics is mirrored in its road-movie structure, which fails to include either the exciting episodes or compelling protagonists of a good picaresque. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
5/5 The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet (2021) Rafaela Sales Ross The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet is a triumph. Through its contemplative pace, Katz builds an elegant patchwork that never fails to find beauty in the quiet, a tender study of human resilience that is as poignant as it is striking. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 Gemini Man (2019) Chris Edwards Gone are the quick edits familiar to modern action, and the set pieces bewilder with steady elegance... Never has a film felt so much that the characters are really in the room, talking face to face with the audience. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
4/5 High Life (2018) Chris Edwards Pattinson soars ahead despite a strong cast, fully embracing his recently discovered ability for expressive silence. Aboard the vessel, sex, hostility and violence seem inevitable, but are still so shocking. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 Yes, God, Yes (2019) Chris Edwards The film strays into didactic and predictable territory towards the end, and what should feel gratifying falls flat. Still, Yes, God, Yes is smart and honest, avoiding Hollywood tropes and favouring veracious character development. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
4/5 Bliss (2021) Chris Edwards In the hands of a capable star like Wilson, Cahill's experiment with more mainstream fare retains the director's creativity and vision, and adds a significant entertainment factor. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
4/5 Luzzu (2021) Rafaela Sales Ross A brilliant exercise on verité that perfectly balances the calmness of summer waves and the brutality of life. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) George Howarth Its reach frequently exceeds its grasp, but Malcolm & Marie is still an impassioned, well-acted, theatrical look into a relationship battered by ego, jealousy and the demands of a relentlessly shallow industry. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 The Dig (2021) Anahit Behrooz For all its complication of the relationship between the personal and epochal, The Dig nevertheless contains a tonal tension that is ultimately irreconcilable, its introspective lyricism undermined by predictable period beats. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/5 Mayday (2021) Alysha Prasad This is a very well-done film, but it's potential to be even greater feels wasted. The negative aspect about Mayday that stands out the most is the lack of characterization. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/5 Land (2021) Alysha Prasad A competent debut from Wright, Land is a tale of hope that can be found even amongst the deepest of sorrows, but is sometimes sabotaged by unnecessary melodrama. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/5 Together Together (2021) Rafaela Sales Ross Banking on long, awkward silences as a comedic device while also delivering earnest vulnerability, Beckwith builds a charming take on surrogacy that is crowned by the poignancy of its ending. It is as endearing as it is effective. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) Alysha Prasad Cobb and Michael J. Rogers both deliver haunting performances here. Cobb introduces enough vulnerability in the beginning to make her slow transformation into someone almost unrecognizable all the more terrifying. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Alysha Prasad Prisoners of the Ghostland is a mind-bending experience that blends together western and eastern influences to create a strange amalgamation that actually manages to work. Once you accept and embrace its absurdity, you will have a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
2/5 How It Ends (2021) Rafaela Sales Ross Feeling much longer than its running time of 82 minutes, the film struggles to find its pace, often too preoccupied with offering a shiny display to big names instead of nurturing the plot -- one that ultimately fails to sustain a feature. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021