TFCA Friday – Week of September 22nd, 2017

September 22, 2017

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

The TFCA at TIFF ’17

In this special round-up, TFCA members pick one article from their festival coverage to highlight

Losing focus: TIFF’s next act

In a much discussed article, Barry Hertz’s months-long investigation outlines where TIFF stands, how its work culture operates, and where it needs to go in the future [behind paywall]

Sexual harassment in film is “an everyday experience”

From Radheyan Simonpillai’s must-read TIFF cover feature in NOW Magazine: actor/director Sarah Polley on sexism and abuse in TV and film and the ongoing struggle for gender parity

“Spencer fucking Tracy”

On a lighter note, Chris Knight asked TIFF 2017’s A-listers who they’d like to meet

High ideals meet harsh reality

As Peter Howell reports on some of the most-talked about films at TIFF 2017, the pursuit of high ideals rarely follows a straight path toward contentment and enlightenment — and maybe never gets there at all

More than a review of Sean Baker’s latest film, Kate Taylor examines the impact of a movie that transcends dire straits

What was Oscar seeing at TIFF 2017?

Brian D. Johnson unveils his Academy Award prognostications from the festival, including looks at Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, I, Tonya, and The Florida Project

How an escalator can, well, ensure a film festival steps up

In his wrap-up pieceJim Slotek shares some of his festival favourites—including, mind you, the Scotiabank escalators

This weekend: Reviews from TIFF 2017

Brad’s Status (dir. Mike White)

Jason Gorber calls the film “a rich, touching and genuinely profound comedy about coming to terms with self-expectations and the ravages of doubt and jealousy” — film opens today

mother! (dir. Darren Aronofsky)

Liam Lacey on one of the festival’s most divisive movies: “I only wish I found mother! exhilarating or shocking rather than laboriously agitated and kind of cheesy” — film is now playing

Stronger (dir. David Gordon Green)

Not one of his festival favourites, Gilbert Seah writes the movie “wallows in self-pity” — film opens today