TFCA Friday: Week of Sept. 4, 2020

September 4, 2020

Welcome to TFCA Friday, a weekly round-up of film reviews and articles by TFCA critics.


In Release this Week

House of Cardin (dir. P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes)

House of Cardin from husbands P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes traces Pierre Cardin’s impoverished roots in Italy, his escape from Mussolini to Paris, training at Dior as a teen, creating his own house, and reinventing fashion.” -Anne Brodie, What She Said

I Hate New York (dir. Gustavo Sanchez)

At Afro Toronto, Gilbert Seah calls it, “an intimate examination of [Sanchez’s] subjects.”


I Propose That We Never See Each Other Again After Tonight (dir. Sean Garrity) 🇨🇦

“What starts modest and cute grows into something lopsided and exasperating,” says Liam Lacey at Original-Cin.

The film “desperately wants to be loved,” writes Barry Hertz at The Globe and Mail. “Garrity treats Winnipeg as a delightfully romantic, if ridiculously cold, place to get lost in.”

“Much of the credit goes to Hera Nalam and Kristian Jordan, who play Iris and Simon with winning chemistry,” writes Chris Knight at National Post.



Measure for Measure (dir. Paul Ireland)

“Though much of it is glum and muddled, it does find an anchor in Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings, The Matrix) as a gravely wise, ailing crime boss named Duke,” writes Liam Lacey at Original-Cin.


“The cast struggle with the childishly simple humour, the coy and unnecessary romance and so many scenes originally written for cartoons,” writes Rad Simonpillai at NOW Toronto.

“Caro has told this tale before in her 2002 film Whale Rider, about an eleven-year old Maori girl who stands firm in her belief that she is the rightful heir to be the next tribal chief, a role understood to be male,” observes Thom Ernst at Original-Cin.



Odd Man Rush (dir. Doug Dearth)

“It might not ascend to all-time sports movie greatness thanks to its admitted lack of high spots and cheer-worthy moments, but what it lacks in manipulative, crowd pleasing cliches it makes up for in unforced authenticity.” – Andrew Parker, The Gate.


2020 Toronto International Film Festival

Oscar winner Regina King’s directorial debut One Night in Miami leads Peter Howell’s annual “Chasing the Buzz” poll at the Toronto Star. Howell also offers his picks for the 20 best bets at the Festival.

At The Globe and Mail, Barry Hertz, Johanna Schneller, and Kate Taylor tell readers which films are atop their must-see lists at the Festival, including AmmoniteInconvenient Indian, and Shiva Baby. Hertz also looks closer at how TIFF adapted to the pandemic to pull off this year’s event.

At What She Said, Anne Brodie offers TIFF crib notes, helpful links, and a taste of what to expect.

Norm Wilner lists the TIFF selections he’s most looking forward to, including Violation and Nomadland, at NOW Toronto.

At BlogTO, Jason Gorber breaks down the must-see movies by day, the five films with the most advance buzz, and 29 top picks from TIFF programmers.


Lily James as Mrs. de Winter, Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca. Photo: Kerry Brown | Netflix

Fall Movie Preview, VR, and Fantasia Fest

At The Globe and Mail, Barry Hertz’s Fall Movie Preview susses out which films are definitely coming out, probably coming out, and which ones should have opened in Canada a long time ago.

Gilbert Seah at Toronto Franco looks at some of the selections at Montreal’s Fantasia Festival, including 12 Hour Shift, Bleed with Me, and MARYGOROUND.

Chris Knight looks at a new NFB virtual reality project Agence, which lets users play God.