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Year in Film: Jesse Hawthorne Ficks’ Eclectic 2013 Countdown

16. Oldboy (Spike Lee, US) and Drug War (Johnnie To, China/Hong Kong) Two films from two of the hardest-working filmmakers in the biz. Though...

TIFF diary #9: this is ‘The End’

Every time I told people that Lav Diaz's Norte, the End of History (Philippines) was my favorite film of this year's Toronto International Film...

TIFF diary #8: Rivers and Russell, ‘Blue,’ and a likely Oscar contender

More from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival with Jesse Hawthorne Ficks.A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (Estonia/France) is the first collaboration between...

TIFF diary #7: Southern gothics

September 30, 2013
Intrepid filmgoer Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' reports from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival continue this week. Stay tuned for more posts, including Jesse's upcoming...

TIFF diary #6: For music lovers

September 26, 2013
Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson is back and he may have just created one of the most riotous punk rock extravaganzas ever. We Are the...

TIFF diary #5: Reichardt, Turturro, and Pawlikowski

September 25, 2013
The surprise crowd-pleaser of TIFF 2013 was John Turturro's Fading Gigolo (US). Showcasing Woody Allen in a rare acting-only role, this surprisingly romantic tale...

TIFF diary #4: never sleep again

September 24, 2013
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks returns, and this time he's got the genre goods! Check back for more of his 2013 Toronto International Film Festival coverage,...

TIFF diary #3: Claire Denis, Jia Zhangke, and Wang Bing

September 23, 2013
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks watched 33 films at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and we'll be sharing his impressions chunk by chunk. Stay tuned...

TIFF diary #2: dead cheerleaders + Tsai, Hong, and Breillat

September 19, 2013
Check out the first entry in Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' Toronto International Film Festival diary here, and stay tuned for more tomorrow!All Cheerleaders Die (USA)...

TIFF diary: standouts from France, Nepal, and Japan

September 18, 2013
After 33 feature films at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, I can safely say that I am ecstatic about where cinema is heading...

Counterpoint: an appreciation of ‘The Lone Ranger’

Warning: slight spoilers ahead.I will say it and I will say it loudly: Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger is perhaps the most subversive Hollywood...

Sundance 2013: a local tragedy, an ongoing romance, and top picks

Ryan Coogler's Bay Area story Fruitvale picked up the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize; it is, of course, based on the life...

Sundance 2013: love and confusion

I only got to experience half of this year's US Dramatic Competition films (unfortunately, missing David Lowery's buzzed-about Ain't Them Bodies Saints, which shared...

Sundance and Slamdance 2013: powerful docs

Scroll on up Pixel Vision for Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' previous Utah festival reports.In recent years, Sundance has become well-known for its strong documentary offerings...

Sundance 2013: championing Campion

For more Sundance 2013 reports, go here, here, here, and here.Easily the greatest screening event at this year's Sundance Film Festival was Jane Campion's...

Sundance 2013: what’s NEXT?

Earlier fest reports here, here, and here.At Sundance 2013, no other category could compete with the NEXT programming. NEXT was initiated in 2010; its...

Sundance 2013: the way of the gun

Festival veteran Jesse Hawthorne Ficks files his third report from the 2013 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. Read his first two reports here and...

Sundance (and Slamdance) 2013: ‘Dirties’ talk

Festival veteran Jesse Hawthorne Ficks files his second report from the 2013 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. Check out his first report here.The most...

Sundance 2013: Viva Silva!

Festival veteran Jesse Hawthorne Ficks files his first report from the 2013 Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. This year's Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals...

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YEAR IN FILM 2012: Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' top films and performances of the year 

TIFF happens, part three! Plus top films of the fest

September 27, 2012
Read Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' first and second reports from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.Dial M For Murder 3D Remastered (Alfred Hitchcock, US) The...

TIFF happens, part two!

September 26, 2012
Read Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' first report from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival here.In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea) This highly enjoyable Éric...

TIFF happens! Toronto fest picks, part one

September 19, 2012
This year's Toronto International Film Festival showcased 289 films. I attended 32. Mark down any titles that sound interesting, because this upcoming year is...

Talking with ‘Compliance’ director Craig Zobel: a spoiler-free interview!

No film at this year's Sundance Film Festival festival encountered as much controversy as Craig Zobel's Compliance. At the first public screening, an all-out...