Tag: comedy-drama

On Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You (2014) TIFF

by Jennifer Valencia Shawn Levy brings together a vibrant and brilliant ensemble cast in This Is Where I Leave You, which screened at TIFF this year. I don’t know what it is about family dramas or comedies, but I have a soft spot for them. Family dynamics of all kinds

On Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank (2014)

by Jacqueline Valencia Michael Fassbender plays Frank. Frank creates quirky noise music and he so happens to wear a cartoon mask, not just to make music, but all of the time. Some might consider him weird and enigmatic, others might consider him a genius. Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon. Jon lives at home with his

On Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 and the directorial dream film.

by Jacqueline Valencia There are two modern films that stick out for me when I think of Federico Fellini‘s 8 1/2: Christopher Nolan‘s Inception and Shane Carruth‘s Upstream Color. After revisiting the academic texts of Lacan, Deleuze, and Debord (as reviewers inevitably, albeit indirectly or subconsciously do), the psychological & sociological distortions

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