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Toronto International Film Festival

By Cinema Scope / September 1, 2016

…in sync to the author’s ramblingly… By Adam Nayman | Cinema Scope Online,  TIFF 2020 TIFF 2020: Shiva Baby (Emma Seligman, US/Canada) By Adam Nayman The title character of Canadian…

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By cscope2 / September 22, 2021

…More → TIFF 2020: Shiva Baby (Emma Seligman, US/Canada) By Adam Nayman | Cinema Scope Online,  TIFF 2020 By Adam Nayman The title character of Canadian director Emma Seligman’s feature…

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TIFF Countdown -1: Low Life / 388 Arletta Avenue / Back to Stay / Elena / The Forgiveness of Blood / Good Bye / Gypsy / Leave It On the Floor / Mr. Tree / The Patron Saints / Sleeping Beauty / Smuggler / Take This Waltz / Volcano / Whores’ Glory

By cscope2 / September 7, 2011

…Cinema By Adam Nayman What an awful movie 388 Arletta Avenue is: pointless, derivative, ugly and completely superfluous. It does, however, represent a leap in terms of craftsmanship from director…

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Temps mort: Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

By Andrew Tracy / August 30, 2013

…of the childhood home of one of their culture heroes (“Oh, I love Jack White!” coos Eve as Adam points out the former Stripe’s dead-weathered digs). Even as Adam repeatedly…

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By Cinema Scope / January 27, 2012

…→ Hit the Road (Panah Panahi, Iran) By Adam Nayman | CS91,  Currency,  From The Magazine Read More → Everything Everywhere All at Once (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, US)…

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“You Never Heard of Code-Switching, Motherfucker?”: Joseph Kahn’s Bodied

By Steven Shaviro / March 16, 2018

…Grymm, from whom he gains acceptance and learns valuable lessons. Ultimately, however, Adam outgrows and surpasses his mentor—or, more precisely, betrays him. After numerous difficulties and setbacks, Adam finally triumphs….

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TIFF 2014 | The Editor (Adam Brooks & Matthew Kennedy, Canada) — Midnight Madness)

By Adam Nayman / September 9, 2014

By Adam Nayman The Editor could have used one. Much like the previous Astron-6 production Manborg, this passionately scrawled love letter to Argento, Fulci et al makes a fetish of…

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Freaks (Zach Lipovsky & Adam Stein, Canada) — Discovery

By Adam Nayman / September 10, 2018

By Adam Nayman Too grim for a straight-up YA audience and too goofy to be taken too seriously, Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein’s Freaks at leads owns its curious at-oddsness:…

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Pyewacket (Adam MacDonald, Canada) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 3, 2017

By Adam Nayman The hands-down winner of the TIFF 2017 “Google the title to understand it” award, Pyewacket finds Adam MacDonald—who came to the festival in 2014 with a tough,…

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TIFF 2014 | Backcountry (Adam McDonald, Canada) — Discovery

By Adam Nayman / September 6, 2014

By Adam Nayman The obvious point of reference for Adam McDonald’s feature debut is The Edge, except that there’s (more) sexual chemistry between the two leads. (Sorry, Anthony Hopkins and…

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Trespass Against Us (Adam Smith, UK) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 11, 2016

By Adam Nayman In a film filled with significant canines—from an accidentally immolated mutt to a prize police-unit sniffer to a redemptive purebred puppy—Michael Fassbender’s hangdog eyes are best in…

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TIFF 2015 | I Smile Back (Adam Salky, US)—Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 13, 2015

By Adam Nayman “Do you want to hear about the daddy issues or the drugs?” queries Laney (Sarah Silverman) to her doctor on the first day of rehab; 28 days…

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TIFF Countdown -2: Martha Marcy May Marlene / Afghan Luke / ALPS / The Artist / Beauty / Fable of the Fish / First Position / The Ides of March / Kill List / Le Havre / The Loneliest Planet / Page Eight / Pina / Play / A Separation / Sons of Norway / The Student / Tyrannosaur

By cscope2 / September 6, 2011

…The Philippines)—Visions By Adam Nayman There are have been stranger pregnancies in the history of cinema than the one that yields a scaly offspring to a middle-aged couple in Fable…

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Issue 51 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 28, 2012

…Tracy *This Is Not an Omnibus: The Jeonju Digital Project 2012 by Michael Sicinski Interviews Fast Company: David Cronenberg in Toronto by Adam Nayman *Terror Incognita: Julia Loktev on The…

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TIFF Day 1: City to City: Buenos Aires / The Boy Who Was a King / Duch: Master of the Forges of Hell / Hard Core Logo II / Hors Satan / The Last Christeros / Lipstikka / A Mysterious World / Nuit #1 / The Other Side of Sleep / Restless / The Sword Identity / We Need to Talk About Kevin

By cscope2 / September 8, 2011

…King (Andrey Paounov, Bulgaria/Germany)—Real to Reel By Adam Nayman The boy in question is Simeon Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha, a child-monarch whose reign was severely truncated but who went on to prove that…

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The Muffled Cry: Mahamet-Saleh Haroun’s A Screaming Man

By Michael Sicinski / March 10, 2011

…pool, and Adam’s position with respect to it, as the dominant emblem of this blinkered response to Chad’s seemingly endless civil war. Adam’s resentment, together with his having to deal…

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TIFF Day 5: Antiviral | The Capsule/Walker | The Deflowering of Eva van End | Gone Fishing | The Impossible | Passion | The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology | Tout ce que tu possèdes | What Richard Did

By cscope2 / September 10, 2012

…like he’s serving up warmed-over rubbish, it’s good fun dining out of Žižek’s trashcan.   Tout ce que tu possèdes (Bernard Émond, Canada)—Masters By Adam Nayman Whether or not Bernard…

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Issue 61 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 18, 2014

…Vice by Blake Williams Force Majeure by Angelo Muredda American Sniper by Michael Sicinski The Babadook by Adam Nayman ’71 by Jerry White Dumb and Dumber To by Adam Cook…

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Issue 65 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 21, 2015

…Happy Hour by Michael Sicinski Currency Carol by Phil Coldiron Anomalisa by Richard Porton (Subscribe) Bridge of Spies by Adam Nayman (Subscribe) The Visit by Adam Cook (Subscribe) Room by…

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TIFF Day 7: Augustine | The Bright Day | Camion | The Color of the Chameleon | Do Not Disturb | Dreams for Sale | Hannah Arendt | John Dies at the End | A Liar’s Autobiography | 7 Boxes

By cscope2 / September 12, 2012

Augustine (Alice Winocour, France)—Discovery By Adam Nayman Less Prestige-ious than David Cronenberg’s recent period-piece account of psychoanalytic one-upsmanship, the pre-Freudian drama Augustine actually gets down and dirty with its (diagnosed)…

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Approaching the (Baby) Elephant: True/False 2014

By Adam Nayman / March 6, 2014

Actress ADAM NAYMAN: While still far from elephantine, Columbia, Missouri’s annual True/False festival has grown just large enough to accommodate celebrity buzz—or at least jokey rumors that Soulja Boy was…

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By Cinema Scope / September 30, 2009

…of Contents By Cinema Scope Tales from the Unama’ki Hospital: Ashley McKenzie on Queens of the Qing Dynasty By Adam Nayman Pointing the Moral Index Finger: Ruth Beckermann on Mutzenbacher…

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Anything Is Possible: Josh and Benny Safdie on Uncut Gems

By Adam Nayman / December 29, 2019

By Adam Nayman When discussing all-time NBA greats, the knock on Kevin Garnett was always that he couldn’t carry a squad to a championship. For all his unprecedented versatility—the shooting…

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TIFF 2015 | Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino, Canada)—Discovery

By Jason Anderson / September 4, 2015

…and watchful, Adam (Jackson Martin) has just returned with his parents for another summer at their lakeside cottage near Thunder Bay. As Cividino demonstrated with his short—which he had intended…

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Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino, Canada)

By Jason Anderson / June 23, 2015

Adam and his new friends, cousins Nate (Nick Servino) and Riley (Reece Moffett). At times, they barely seem to speak the same language, which may be one reason Adam is…

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Issue 72: Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 28, 2017

Interviews *The New Workout Plan: Denis Côté’s Ta peau si lisse by Adam Nayman Denis Côté’s Ta peau si lisse by Adam Nayman *Inner and Outer Space: Wang Bing Talks…

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Issue 71: Table of Contents

By cscope2 / June 23, 2017

…Heroism of Howard Hughes by Adam Nayman Censoring Shakespeare: Ing K’s Shakespeare Must Die by Nathan Letoré Would You Like to See a Magic Trick?: Basma Alsharif’s Ouroboros and its…

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Issue 60 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 16, 2014

…TIFF’s Uneven Seoul Patch by Michael Sicinski Imaginary Love: Xavier Dolan’s Mommy by Adam Nayman Voices Off: The Films and Videos of John Smith by Samuel La France A Place…

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Issue 69: Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 19, 2016

…n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau by Adam Nayman Donald Cried by Celluloid Liberation Front Free Fire by Julien Allen *Kékszakállú by José Teodoro Le quadrille, Aux quatre coins,…

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Issue 70: Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 24, 2017

…*Berlin by Jordan Cronk *Deaths of Cinema: Nothing Will Die: John Hurt, 1940–2017 by Adam Nayman Nirvanna the Band the Show by Jason Anderson *Global Discoveries on DVD by Jonathan…

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Cinema Scope Magazine Issue 68

Issue 68: Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 26, 2016

…our TIFF Reviews section. Features & Interviews *The Rules of the Game: Paul Verhoeven’s Elle by Adam Nayman *Saying Something: The Films of Angela Schanelec by Blake Williams *The Wanderer:…

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Issue 54 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 21, 2013

…Shane Carruth – By Robert Koehler *After-School Special: Joseph Kahn’s Detention – By Adam Nayman *Middlegame: An Interview with Andrew Bujalski – By Phil Coldiron Features *An Ursine Halfabet: Denis…

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Issue 53 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 19, 2012

Adam Nayman. ENJOY: Slavoj Žižek and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology by John Semley. No Sound Is Innocent: Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio by Jason Anderson. Features A Murderer Cannot…

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TIFF Day 4: The Act of Killing | Dans la maison | La magasin des suicides | On the Road | Painless | Quelques heures de printemps | The Sapphires | Thermae Romae | Trois mondes | Watchtower

By cscope2 / September 9, 2012

The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, Anonymous, Denmark/Norway/UK)—TIFF Docs By Adam Nayman Like most other documentaries about certifiably insane people, The Act of Killing raises questions about the…

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We Need to Talk About Terry: A Roundtable on The Tree of Life

By Cinema Scope / June 28, 2011

By Mark Peranson, Michael Sicinski, Alan Franey, José Teodoro, Tom Charity, C.W. Winter, Olivier Père, Robert Koehler, Olaf Möller, Adam Nayman, Gabe Klinger, Jason Anderson, and Andrew Tracy   A…

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TIFF Countdown -3: Crazy Horse / Among Us / Amy George / Cuchera / Cut / Footnote / Keyhole / Last Days in Jerusalem / Mushrooms / Pink Ribbons, Inc. / The Silver Cliff / A Simple Life / Think of Me / The Year of the Tiger

By cscope2 / September 5, 2011

…the physical logistics of masturbation by the time he was eight.   Cuchera (Joseph Israel Laban, The Philippines)—Discovery By Adam Nayman Every conceivable orifice gets plugged in Cuchera, a purposefully…

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Issue 67: Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 27, 2016

…and Writings by Dan Sullivan Seeing Stones: On Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet’s Antigone by Phil Coldiron *Power of Attorney: Better Call Saul by Adam Nayman American-Made Murder: Ryan Murphy’s…

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TIFF Day 4: Elles / Hanaan / The Last Gladiators / Porfirio / Wuthering Heights

By cscope2 / September 11, 2011

…to watch.   The Last Gladiators (Alex Gibney, US)—Real to Reel By Adam Nayman Having not even seen Goon, I still feel safe in saying that Mike Dowse’s Seann William…

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Issue 50: Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / April 20, 2012

…Peranson *The Animal Equation by Denis Côté small roads, 103 minutes, 47 shots, 2011 by James Benning *Epinephrine, Man: The Cranked-Up Films of Neveldine/Taylor by Adam Nayman The Case-Book of…

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By Cinema Scope / August 20, 2009

…Jay Kuehner TIFF 2021 | A Hero (Asghar Farhadi, Iran) By Jay Kuehner TIFF 2021 | Sundown (Michel Franco, Mexico) By Adam Nayman TIFF 2021 | Zalava (Arsalan Amiri, Iran)…

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Bodied (Joseph Kahn, USA) — Midnight Madness

By Adam Nayman / September 8, 2017

By Adam Nayman Or: Do the Wrong Thing. The protagonist of Joseph “Look What You Made Me Do” Kahn’s Eminem-produced 8 Mile satire (scripted by Toronto-area rapper Kid Twist) is…

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The Party’s Over: 2010 in TV

By Adam Nayman / March 12, 2011

By Adam Nayman First things first: the funniest and probably finest episode of television produced in 2010—on par with much the Americans produced last year for the cinema—was “Steve Guttenberg’s…

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Sandy Wexler (Steven Brill, US)

By Adam Nayman / June 22, 2017

By Adam Nayman At the end of Sandy Wexler, the film’s eponymous Hollywood talent manager (Adam Sandler), who has come out the other end of a heart attack, grabs the…

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Interchange (Dain Iskandar Said, Indonesia/Malaysia) — Vanguard

By Adam Nayman / September 9, 2016

By Adam Nayman The supernaturally-inflected police procedural is a subgenre with international traction (as evidenced by the recent success of The Wailing), but while there’s surely something trendy about Malaysian…

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Don’t Look Now: The Righteous Evolution of Adam McKay

By Angelo Muredda / March 21, 2022

By Angelo Muredda Before he became a 21st-century Stanley Kramer, cited by GQ in a recent profile as “the grown-up in the room,” Adam McKay played the more comfortable role…

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TV or Not TV | The Politics of Dancing: Adam Curtis’ Can’t Get You Out of My Head

By Jason Anderson / April 5, 2021

…of any new Adam Curtis film comes a deluge of coverage, commentaries, analysis, harangues, point-counterpoints, fact checks, further-reading lists, and good old-fashioned snark spread across an ever-expanding plethora of platforms….

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The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, US)

By Gabe Klinger / September 11, 2012

…with The Crowd (1928), his cinema has entered its visionary stage—and boy, let’s hope it stays in it. Anderson may still get called out for his narrative imperfections (see Adam

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TIFF Preview -5: The Master | Denis Côté on Bestiaire | Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang | Gangs of Wasseypur | Just the Wind | Perret in France and Algeria | Pusher | The Reluctant Fundamentalist | Rust and Bone

By cscope2 / September 1, 2012

…in it. Anderson may still get called out for his narrative imperfections (see Adam Nayman’s summary of PTA’s faults and virtues in Cinema Scope 50), but there isn’t a cinephile…

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Cinema Scope 76 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 28, 2018

…Genèse and Les demons by Adam Nayman *Touch Me I’m Sick: Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell by Jason Anderson *First Person Plural: On Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the…

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Fight Club: Judd Apatow’s This Is 40

By Adam Nayman / December 21, 2012

By Adam Nayman When Paul Rudd declared midway through Knocked Up that marriage was like a “tense, unfunny episode of Everybody Loves Raymond,” it was meant as a warning to…

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Cinema Scope 79 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 27, 2019

…Mother Prevents It by Chuck Stephens Currency The Souvenir by Robert Koehler The Hottest August by Adam Nayman Diamantino by Angelo Muredda Too Late to Die Young by Josh Cabrita…

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Cinema Scope 78 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 26, 2019

Interviews and Features *Audrey II: Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell’s MS Slavic 7; By Adam Nayman *The Exorcist: Barbara Loden and Wanda. By Courtney Duckworth. Presence and Poetry: Margaret Tait…

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Issue 59 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 25, 2014

…Perry and Joel Potrykus on Film Production, Distribution, and Reception Diary of a Mad Housewife: Robert Greene’s Actress by Adam Nayman Cold in July and Jim Mickle’s History of Violence…

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TIFF Day 3: Far from Afghanistan | Anna Karenina | Argo | Blancanieves | Clip | Hyde Park on Hudson | Juvenile Offender | The Land of Hope | Lunarcy! | Out in the Dark | Smashed

By cscope2 / September 8, 2012

…film’s conclusion, Sono offers sociopolitical marginalization and emotional compromises befitting Douglas Sirk. Check the Geiger counter: something’s in the air, all right.   Lunarcy! (Simon Ennis, Canada)—TIFF Docs By Adam

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Words Matter: James Gray on The Immigrant

By Adam Nayman / June 6, 2014

By Adam Nayman I won’t write too much about The Immigrant here, as Adam Cook has already ably reviewed the film (in Cinema Scope 55) and because for once, James…

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Valley of Shadows (Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen, Norway) — Discovery

By Adam Nayman / September 6, 2017

By Adam Nayman The other clog doesn’t drop for a good long time in Valley of Shadows, a half-enchanting, half-enervating Norwegian feature whose director tries to have his horror tropes…

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Horrible Bosses: Margin Call

By Adam Nayman / November 11, 2011

By Adam Nayman The Occupy Wall Street protestors who assault the hapless Kenneth Park ( Bobby Lee ) near the beginning of A Very Harold and Kumar 3-D Christmas are…

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Issue 63 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 23, 2015

…Cemetery of Splendour by Kong Rithdee Sleeping Giant by Jason Anderson Love by Blake Williams Columns Editor’s Note Canadiana: Canada’s All-Time Top Ten by Adam Nayman Deaths of Cinema: Manoel…

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Issue 58 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 23, 2014

…to the magazine, or consider the instant digital download version. Features What is Boyhood? by Gabe Klinger Hardbodies and Soul: The Professional Wrestler as Actor by Adam Nayman Game Theories:…

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Issue 57 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 13, 2013

…Cook We Are the Best! by Jason Anderson The Wind Rises by Jordan Cronk Why Don’t You Play in Hell? by Calum Marsh CURRENCY Inside Llewyn Davis by Adam Nayman

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Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, US)

By Adam Nayman / December 13, 2013

By Adam Nayman For a pair of authentically brand-name filmmakers, Joel and Ethan Coen have a funny thing for pseudonyms and noms de plume. It’s common knowledge that they’ve edited…

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Issue 73 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 19, 2017

…Universe: Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani on Laissez bronzer les cadavres by Christoph Huber Features The Uses of Disenchantment: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water by Adam Nayman The…

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By Cinema Scope / March 16, 2018

Adam Nayman. COLUMNS *Editor’s Note: Top Ten of 2017 Film/Art Yto Barrada. By Jesse Cumming. Deaths of Cinema: Paul Clipson. By Max Goldberg Festivals Sundance. By Robert Koehler. Berlin. By…

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TIFF 2015 | Legend (Brian Helgeland, UK)—Gala Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 9, 2015

By Adam Nayman Last year, Tom Hardy came to TIFF with The Drop, a drab Brooklyn crime film that afforded its star the opportunity to talk like Adam Sandler; this…

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TIFF 2014 | Men, Women & Children (Jason Reitman, US) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2014

By Adam Nayman With Labor Day, Jason Reitman announced his intentions to become the new Sam Mendes. People should be careful what they wish for. Men, Women & Children could…

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Danger Zone: FX’s Archer

By Adam Nayman / June 24, 2013

By Adam Nayman Pam: Speaking of, you see the bulge on that towel boy? Man, if I was you, I’d be in this spa 25/8. Cheryl: Yeah, but then I…

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Cinema Scope Issue 86 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / April 5, 2021

…& PJ McCabe’s The Beta Test by Adam Nayman Features *Journey to the Centre of the Earth: Fern Silva’s Itinerary by Michael Sicinski We Can’t Go Home Again: On the Films…

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Issue 62 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 26, 2015

…Evan Johnson on The Forbidden Room and Other Stories by Mark Peranson In the Bedroom: Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare by Adam Nayman Circumnavigating Cinema: Kidlat Tahimik’s Balikbayan #1 Memories of…

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Cinema Scope Issue 90 | Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 22, 2022

Interviews Tales from the Unama’ki Hospital: Ashley McKenzie on Queens of the Qing Dynasty by Adam Nayman  Pointing the Moral Index Finger: Ruth Beckermann on Mutzenbacher by Darren Hughes Not on…

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Show Biz Kids: Paul Thomas Anderson on Licorice Pizza

By Adam Nayman / December 21, 2021

By Adam Nayman Paul Thomas Anderson loves start-up entrepreneurs and fly-by-night schemes: you could run a straight line between There Will Be Blood’s (2007) oil magnate Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis)…

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Death of the Author: The Ghost Writer

By Adam Nayman / January 8, 2011

By Adam Nayman “Did you notice anything suspicious?” asks a sign posted inside a ferry in The Ghost Writer. Well, of course you did: this is a Roman Polanski film…

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Long Live the New Flesh: The Decade in Canadian Cinema

By Adam Nayman / March 20, 2020

By Adam Nayman Let’s get it right out of the way: by any non-subjective metric—which is to say in spite of my own personal opinion—the Canadian filmmaker of the decade…

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Issue 55 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 27, 2013

…Franco by Christoph Huber *Danger Zone: FX’s Archer by Adam Nayman *Sex, Death, and Geometry: A Conversation Between Alain Guiraudie and João Pedro Rodrigues on L’inconnu du lac Spotlight: Cannes…

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Web Only | You’re Next (Adam Wingard, US)

By Kiva Reardon / December 20, 2011

…similarities creating something new and, quite happily, monstrous. Mumblecore stalwart Joe Swanberg (of the aforementioned Hannah as well as LOL [2008]) also stars in Adam Wingard’s A Horrible Way to…

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TIFF 2014 | The Guest (Adam Wingard, US) — Midnight Madness

By Jose Teodoro / September 6, 2014

…action-thriller franchise, abound in Adam Wingard’s latest, scripted by regular collaborator Simon Barrett. The comic-book political commentary of You’re Next—whose affluent and doomed paterfamilias was a retired marketing strategist for…

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Blair Witch (Adam Wingard, US) — Midnight Madness

By Alysia Urrutia / September 14, 2016

By Alysia Urrutia While it’s ostensibly a bold gesture to reboot the pre-viral benchmark of independent cinema, Adam Wingard’s millennial sequel Blair Witch lacks what its cunning predecessor had in…

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Ass and Ye Shall Receive: Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike

By Kiva Reardon / July 6, 2012

…furniture while working the stage at Xquisite as Dallas’ prodigal son. When Adam (Alex Pettyfer), a college dropout crashing on his sister’s Brooke (Cody Horn) couch, finds his way on…

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TIFF 2014 | Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, USA) — Gala

By Adam Nayman / September 1, 2014

By Adam Nayman Early on in Foxcatcher, eccentric billionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) expresses his frustration about the indifference afforded to young men who’ve served their country. That the…

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TIFF 2014 | [REC] 4: Apocalypse (Jaume Balaguero, Spain) — Midnight Madness

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2014

By Adam Nayman Call it the [REC] of the Edmund Fitzgerald. This third and (I’m guessing) worst sequel to the 2007 Spanish found-footage horror flick is set at sea, for…

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TIFF 2014 | Tales of the Grim Sleeper (Nick Broomfield, USA/UK) — TIFF Docs

By Adam Nayman / September 6, 2014

By Adam Nayman Nick Broomfield’s limey knight-errant act has had its moments of wearing thin—as in the terrible Sarah Palin: You Betcha!—but at its core it’s clever, endearing and effective….

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TIFF 2013 | The Sacrament (Ti West, US)—Vanguard

By Adam Nayman / September 10, 2013

By Adam Nayman In which a cult filmmaker spikes his own Kool-Aid. Ti West’s sloppily made and surpassingly tasteless movie slaps a Vice logo on its account of American documentarians…

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Blackhat, White Noise: Michael Mann’s System of Objects

By Andrew Tracy / March 26, 2015

…review of Michael Mann’s latest (which Adam Nayman has already raised an eyebrow at for Cinema Scope Online). It’s unclear from this header, or the article that follows, whether its…

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TIFF 2013 | Fading Gigolo (John Turturro, US)—Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 10, 2013

By Adam Nayman The image of an aged Woody Allen facing down a tribunal of stone-faced rabbis near the end of Fading Gigolo is probably a keeper, and whatever else…

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TIFF 2013 | Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener, US)—Special Presentations

By cscope2 / September 10, 2013

By Adam Nayman First things first: in his final screen performance, James Gandolfini is pretty good. For all the years that he played Tony Soprano, Gandolfini’s secret weapon was an…

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Athens Decathlon: TIFF 2013 City to City

By Adam Nayman / August 28, 2013

Miss Violence By Adam Nayman You can probably trace the idea—or at least the exact etymology—of the so-called “Greek Weird Wave” back to a 2011 Guardian article by Steve Rose….

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TIFF 2013 | Child of God (James Franco, US)—Special Presentation

By Adam Nayman / September 8, 2013

By Adam Nayman Stuffed-animal lovers beware: several very huggable toys are obliterated by shotgun blasts in Child of God, inanimate stand-ins for all the men and women and social institutions…

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TIFF 2013 | Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan, Canada)—Special Presentation

By Adam Nayman / September 8, 2013

By Adam Nayman As the titular Tom, co-screenwriter-director-producer-narcissist Xavier Dolan sports a tangled blonde dye job that screams “city boy” even louder than his Montreal accent. Decamping to the Québécois…

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Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity

By Adam Nayman / October 4, 2013

By Adam Nayman [SPOILERS, as they say, below.] In space, apparently, no one can hear you scream “Cut!” That’s the sensibility of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, which unravels its tale of…

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TIFF 2014 | Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy, US) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 6, 2014

By Adam Nayman “I’m not going to hire a fucking thief,” exclaims a character early on in Nightcrawler, and while the name-check of Michael Mann’s debut feature is likely entirely…

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The Talented Mr. Allen: Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine

By Adam Nayman / August 2, 2013

By Adam Nayman Cate Blanchett’s best film performance remains her slight but crucial supporting turn in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1998). Playing Meredith Logue, a nouveau-riche heiress who has trained…

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Mourning in America: Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station

By Adam Nayman / July 17, 2013

By Adam Nayman Pulling into a gas station to fill up after a morning spent doing errands, Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) witnesses a speeding car barrels over a stray…

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Cinema Scope Issue 56

Issue 56 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 15, 2013

…of Your Body’s Tears, by Jason Anderson Athens Decathlon: TIFF 2013 City to City, by Adam Nayman Temps mort: Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, by Andrew Tracy The Man…

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Victory Lap: Alexander Payne’s Nebraska

By Adam Nayman / November 22, 2013

By Adam Nayman Alexander Payne’s Nebraska is a mechanical movie, and the machine it resembles is a duck press—an old-fashioned device, but darned if it doesn’t squeeze something out in…

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TIFF 2014 | Heartbeat (Andrea Dorfman, Canada) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2014

By Adam Nayman In which a lapsed Halifax folkie very gradually gets her groove back. It’s every bit as thrilling as it sounds. Look: it’s clear that writer-director Andrea Dorfman—making…

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Pursuits of Happiness: David Fincher’s Gone Girl

By Adam Nayman / October 2, 2014

By Adam Nayman [MAJOR SPOILERS ahead] Lest anybody doubt that Gone Girl is a comedy, consider that it includes, in no particular order: a scene where America’s favourite bad actor…

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TIFF 2014 | Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, Canada) — Gala

By Adam Nayman / August 31, 2014

By Adam Nayman David Cronenberg’s worst movie in fifteen years finds him playing his usual home game on foreign turf. Los Angeles in Maps to the Stars feels just as…

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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival | Escape Artists: Bird People and Locke

By Adam Nayman / July 11, 2014

Bird People   By Adam Nayman A film seemingly made to be screened at film festivals, where its scenes of characters logging into hotel wi-fi on their laptops and thrashing…

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TIFF 2014 | Bird People (Pascale Ferran, France) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2014

By Adam Nayman A film ideally screened at film festivals—where its scenes of characters logging into hotel wi-fi on their laptops and thrashing around in the throes of jetlag will…

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Imaginary Love: Xavier Dolan’s Mommy

By Adam Nayman / September 2, 2014

By Adam Nayman In 2014, in a fictional Canada, Xavier Dolan’s fifth feature Mommy doesn’t get much attention at all… It’s a fine line between utopia and dystopia. To say…

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Diary of a Mad Housewife: Robert Greene’s Actress

By Adam Nayman / June 25, 2014

By Adam Nayman “I tend to break things,” says Brandy Burre early on in Actress, and Robert Greene’s film gives her plenty of opportunities to validate this claim. An aggressively…

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TIFF 2014 | Teen Lust (Blaine Thurier, Canada) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2014

By Adam Nayman If Satan came back and saw the movies that were being made in his name, he’d never stop throwing up (pea soup, probably). Our Dark Lord is…

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TIFF 2014 | The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, UK) — Vanguard

By Adam Nayman / September 10, 2014

By Adam Nayman A stray line about a “Dr. Viridiana” early in The Duke of Burgundy gives the game away: after the giallos humour of Berberian Sound Studio, Peter Strickland…

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Last Rites: Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher

By Adam Nayman / November 14, 2014

By Adam Nayman Early on in Foxcatcher, the eccentric and bottomlessly deep-pocketed John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to an American munitions dynasty and a collector of expensive military gadgets,…

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Burn, Hollywood, Burn: David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars

By Adam Nayman / February 27, 2015

  By Adam Nayman Back in September, when the world was young, I opined in this space that Maps to the Stars was its director’s worst movie in fifteen years….

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Sing Your Life: Matthew Porterfield’s I Used to Be Darker

By Adam Nayman / May 9, 2014

By Adam Nayman If Matt Porterfield were a basketball player, he’d be the skinny two-guard who curls stealthily off of screens and puts up quality shots, who you don’t even…

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Ballbreaker: William Friedkin’s Sorcerer

By Adam Nayman / April 11, 2014

By Adam Nayman Despite its ruggedly physical mien, William Friedkin’s Sorcerer is a haunted movie, possessed by the unavoidable spectre of its smash-hit predecessor The Exorcist (1974). Even as he…

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Hardbodies and Soul: The Professional Wrestler as Actor

By Adam Nayman / March 20, 2014

By Adam Nayman Wrapping up the Toronto International Film Festival in Film Comment last fall, editor Gavin Smith praised Philomena and confused the Yucatan for the Philippines before bestowing his…

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The Face of Another: Christian Petzold’s Phoenix

By Adam Nayman / December 17, 2014

By Adam Nayman Nina Hoss has one of the great faces in cinema, so it’s perverse to see it swaddled in gauze at the beginning of Phoenix. Strapped into the…

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TIFF 2014 | Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund, Sweden) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 3, 2014

By Adam Nayman It’s hard to recall a recent movie that’s whiter than Force Majeure, and not only because it’s set in Sweden. Ruben Östlund’s third film takes place at…

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The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, US)

By Adam Nayman / December 18, 2014

By Adam Nayman A semi-surprise winner of the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best First Film award, Jennifer Kent’s Sundance breakout The Babadook feels very much like a debut even…

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TIFF 2014 | Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 3, 2014

By Adam Nayman “You exist,” says Manu (Fabrizio Rongione) to his wife Sandra (Marion Cotillard) in the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night—a line which echoes another in Ms. Cotillard’s…

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Mann’s Fate: Michael Mann’s Blackhat

By Adam Nayman / January 16, 2015

By Adam Nayman It’s a measure of Michael Mann’s self-awareness—and, all evidence to the contrary, he must have some—that over the course of Blackhat Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) gets to…

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Death of a Sailsman: J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost

By Adam Nayman / December 13, 2013

By Adam Nayman Robert Redford dies at the end of All Is Lost. This is not, strictly speaking, a spoiler, as the climax of J.C. Chandor’s sophomore feature is calculatedly…

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Endings and Endings: Recontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal 2011

By Adam Nayman / November 18, 2011

Karamay By Adam Nayman I’m not sure what the small clutch of filmmakers, buyers, distributors and other assorted festival-goers with a hole in their early-morning schedules got out of Jan…

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Bauble Heads: Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring

By Adam Nayman / June 20, 2013

By Adam Nayman Taking its title from Steely Dan’s barbed, the-kids-aren’t-alright tract “Show Biz Kids” and its plodding, piano-driven beat from Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets,” Frank Ocean’s single…

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Interviews: Cryptographies and Blood: Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro

By Adam Nayman / September 12, 2009

By Adam Nayman “Family is a stab in the heart,” snarls Vincent Gallo as Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro. It’s a remark that cuts two ways: the blood that flows from…

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The Reckless Moment: 5 MDFF Shorts at The Royal

By Adam Nayman / May 15, 2011

Green Crayons By Adam Nayman The mission statement of the Toronto-based production company Medium Density Fibreboard Films expresses a desire to focus on “projects that display a strong sense of…

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SFIFF 2011: Encounters at the End of the World

By Adam Nayman / May 6, 2011

The Joy By Adam Nayman It was perhaps inevitable that my karaoke selection during a Jameson-soaked next-to-last-night party for the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival was “It’s The End…

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…And I Feel Fine: Gregg Araki’s Kaboom

By Adam Nayman / April 15, 2011

By Adam Nayman A berserk sugar rush of a movie featuring a cast so uniformly young and supple that Roxanne Mesquida registers as a veteran presence, Kaboom has been heralded…

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The Lusty Men: Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s Hall Pass

By Adam Nayman / February 25, 2011

By Adam Nayman On the long list of film-critical clichés, asserting that a new release represents a “return to form” for its maker(s) rests somewhere near the middle, between describing…

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Speaking Parts: Clio Barnard’s The Arbor

By Adam Nayman / February 20, 2011

Natalie Gavin as Andrea Dunbar By Adam Nayman “I’ve got loads of childhood memories, but none of them are really good.” These words are spoken early on in The Arbor…

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The Bee’s Knees: The Green Hornet

By Adam Nayman / January 20, 2011

By Adam Nayman To begin with, a Gondrian image: a boy sticking his superhero doll out of the window of a moving car to create the appearance of flight. Thus…

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Interviews | Suicide Girl: Athina Rachel Tsangari

By Adam Nayman / December 17, 2010

By Adam Nayman “How do people do it?” This is the question posed by Marina (Ariane Labed) to her best (and only) friend Bella (Evangelina Randou) in the opening scene…

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Interviews | The Antisocial Network: Daniel Cockburn’s You Are Here

By Adam Nayman / September 21, 2010

By Adam Nayman It’s appropriate that Toronto video artist Daniel Cockburn’s feature debut premiered in Locarno in the Filmmakers of the Present competition. More than any other film I saw…

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Interviews | Watching the Detectives: Aaron Katz’s Cold Weather

By Adam Nayman / June 18, 2010

By Adam Nayman Aaron Katz’s films are marked by a quality that’s unusual in American cinema: his characters really always seem to be listening to each other. This sense of…

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Currency | Up in the Air (Jason Reitman, US)

By Adam Nayman / December 16, 2009

…a recent interview in the Los Angeles Times, Reitman considers this his “most personal film to date.” What does it say, then, that it’s shallow and disingenuous garbage? —Adam Nayman

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Issue 30

By Cinema Scope / September 4, 2009

…Koehler The Dark Horse: Robinson Devor on Zoo By Rob Nelson and in the magazine.. A Relay Race of the Week: Bong Joon-ho’s The Host By Adam Nayman Bullet Boy:…

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A Marriage Made in Heaven: Stuart Staples on Tindersticks’ Claire Denis Film Scores

By Jason Anderson / June 28, 2011

…it had already created in the novel context of a live concert performed alongside images and sequences from Denis’ films. Audience response has been warm (see Adam Nayman’s report on…

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Interviews | Me and My Shadow: Michelange Quay’s Eat, for This is My Body

By Adam Nayman / September 1, 2009

By Adam Nayman Michelange Quay’s impressive debut feature Eat, for This Is My Body begins with a tracking shot that glides across the sea, passes over the shore and then…

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Currency | Diary of the Dead

By Adam Nayman / September 1, 2009

Diary of the Dead (George A. Romero, US) By Adam Nayman It matters not a whit that Diary of the Dead is a dreadful movie: its themes are easily discernable,…

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Interviews | Shore Leave: Lisandro Alonso’s Liverpool

By Adam Nayman / August 31, 2009

By Violeta Kovacsics and Adam Nayman At the end of Lisandro Alonso’s second feature Los muertos (2004), the arrival of the long-journeying lead character at his former home constituted a…

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Currency | Encirclement: Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy

By Adam Nayman / August 28, 2009

Encirclement: Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy (Richard Brouillette, Canada) By Adam Nayman In an interview conducted at this year’s Hot Docs festival, Montréal-based filmmaker Richard Brouillette recalled being inspired by a viewing…

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Issue 84 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 22, 2020

…Uptight By Andrew Tracy *I Lost It at the Movies: Charlie Kaufman’s Antkind and I’m Thinking of Ending Things By Adam Nayman *Open Ticket: The Long, Strange Trip of Ulrike…

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Browse Issues

By Cinema Scope / September 23, 2021

…Kuehner Read More → TIFF 2021 | Sundown (Michel Franco, Mexico) By Adam Nayman Read More → TIFF 2021 | Zalava (Arsalan Amiri, Iran) By Madeleine Wall Read More →…

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Cinema Scope Online

By Cinema Scope / December 18, 2010

…Iran) By Jay Kuehner | Cinema Scope Online,  TIFF 2021 Read More → TIFF 2021 | Sundown (Michel Franco, Mexico) By Adam Nayman | Cinema Scope Online,  TIFF 2021 Read…

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Cinema Scope Issue 89 | Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / January 4, 2022

Interviews Show Biz Kids: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza by Adam Nayman  What Lies Beyond: Michelangelo Frammartino on Il buco by Jordan Cronk Features Higher Power: Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta and…

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Tales from the Unama’ki Hospital: Ashley McKenzie on Queens of the Qing Dynasty 

By Adam Nayman / March 21, 2022

By Adam Nayman Intense duets are at the centre of Ashley McKenzie’s cinema. Her 2016 debut Werewolf portrayed a pair of emotionally conjoined drug users, juxtaposing devotion and addiction as…

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Cinema Scope Issue 91 | Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 21, 2022

…Rosenbaum Currency Hit the Road by Adam Nayman Everything Everywhere All at Once by Angelo Muredda Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood by Josh Cabrita The Plains by Chloe Lizotte…

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Hit the Road (Panah Panahi, Iran)

By Adam Nayman / June 21, 2022

By Adam Nayman Many years ago, I sat down for a festival screening of an Iranian film next to another local Toronto critic whose pugnacious reputation preceded him. Unsolicited and…

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All About Steve: Super 8

By Adam Nayman / June 10, 2011

By Adam Nayman Put on the spot in an interview about why there were so many lens flares in his reboot of Star Trek (2009), J.J. Abrams joked that it…

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Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, US)

By Adam Nayman / June 28, 2011

By Adam Nayman Trolling through the dispatches from Cannes, I’ve yet to read one review of Midnight in Paris that invokes La Jetée (1962). This is possibly because in a…

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Boring Twenties: Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

By Adam Nayman / May 10, 2013

By Adam Nayman Before it’s even begun, Cannes 2013 is off to a dubious start with The Great Gatsby. Even if nobody really expected this latest version of F. Scott…

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Here’s Looking at You, Kid: Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild

By Adam Nayman / July 13, 2012

By Adam Nayman A prize winner at both Sundance and Cannes, Beasts of the Southern Wild has made an industry darling of its 29-year old writer-director Benh Zeitlin and a…

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By the Book: Evil Dead

By Adam Nayman / April 5, 2013

By Adam Nayman In Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead—which pointedly but pointlessly drops the definite article from its title—the demonic spirit is willing and the flesh is as weak as it…

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After-School Special: Joseph Kahn’s Detention

By Adam Nayman / March 21, 2013

By Adam Nayman No American filmmaker in recent years has put his money where his mouth is like Joseph Kahn, the director of music videos for artists including Britney Spears,…

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Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, Canada)

By Adam Nayman / December 16, 2012

By Adam Nayman Even if they didn’t say it in print, there were plenty of Toronto critics who suspected that Sarah Polley was being disingenuous when she claimed her sophomore…

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Find Me Guilty: Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing

By Adam Nayman / December 16, 2012

By Adam Nayman Like most other documentaries about people who are certifiably insane, The Act of Killing raises questions about the exploitation of its subjects. Namely: Is it even possible…

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So You Think You Can Dance: David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook

By Adam Nayman / November 16, 2012

By Adam Nayman The amateur-hour pas de deux that climaxes Silver Linings Playbook is the best indicator of what the film’s director thinks he’s doing the rest of the time….

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Regular Lovers: Ira Sachs’ Keep the Lights On

By Adam Nayman / October 14, 2012

By Adam Nayman Keep the Lights On begins with a very modern kind of masquerade: from his single bed in a Brooklyn apartment, Erik (Thure Lindhart) tries to sell himself…

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Issue 52 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 17, 2012

…the Adventure of Museum Hours by Robert Koehler *Golden Girls: Sean Baker’s Starlet by Adam Nayman Anything But Cinephilia: A Public Conversation with Leos Carax by Olivier Père Return to…

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TIFF Day the Last: Listomania

By cscope2 / September 16, 2012

…song and the Truffaut B-side. No (Larrain): The analog fable.   Adam Nayman Tabu (Gomes) The Master (Anderson) Viola (Piñeiro) The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer, Cynn, Anonymous) Leviathan (Castaing-Taylor, Paravel)…

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TIFF Day 10: Pieta x 13

By cscope2 / September 15, 2012

Adam Nayman I once called Kim Ki-duk a “singular” filmmaker in a first draft of a capsule review and was upbraided by my American editor for displaying a distinct lack…

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TIFF Preview -6: Viola | Night Across the Street | After the Battle | Barbara | Blondie | The Last Time I Saw Macao | Liverpool | No | The Sessions | Tower | West of Memphis

By cscope2 / August 31, 2012

…they’re funniest, which they are a good deal of the time.   The Sessions (Ben Lewin, USA)—Special Presentation By Adam Nayman It would be easy enough to dismiss The Sessions…

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Agrarian Dystopia: David Wain’s Wanderlust

By Adam Nayman / March 1, 2012

By Adam Nayman One of the great joys of David Wain’s Role Models (2008) was the way that it satirized live-action-role-playing culture while also conceding the appeal—and even exhilaration—of attaining…

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TIFF Countdown -6: Miss Bala / Romeo Onze / The Cat Vanishes / Habemus Papum / i am a good person/i am a bad person / Coriolanus

By cscope2 / September 2, 2011

Cinema Scope 48 Preview: Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo, Mexico) – Contemporary World Cinema By Adam Nayman The opening sequence of Miss Bala clings closely to its main character while coyly…

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Compliance (Craig Zobel, US)

By Adam Nayman / June 24, 2012

By Adam Nayman In a 2007 interview with Filmmaker magazine, Craig Zobel opined that “there’s something sexy and cool about being a scam artist…it just never fully lets you empathize…

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Get Out of the Car: David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis

By Adam Nayman / June 24, 2012

By José Teodoro and Adam Nayman Cosmopolis opens with a hubcap-level pan across a fleet of white stretch limousines, objects of ostentatious wealth, absurdly oversized and ugly, yet invisible in…

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Split Decision: Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz

By Adam Nayman / June 22, 2012

By Adam Nayman The first sign that Take This Waltz is going to be too writerly comes in the very first scene, when Toronto parks worker Margot (Michelle Williams) is…

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Escape Hatches: The Cabin in the Woods

By Adam Nayman / April 21, 2012

By Adam Nayman **SO, SO MANY SPOILERS BELOW** It’s one thing to get a lesson in remedial spectatorship from a professional scold like Michael Haneke, whose films can sometimes feel…

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Epinephrine, Man: The Cranked-Up Films of Neveldine/Taylor

By Adam Nayman / April 4, 2012

Crank: High Voltage By Adam Nayman Two men on fire: the burnt cranium of the title character in Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s new Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance unmistakably…

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Canada’s Top Ten 2011: The Roundtable

By cscope2 / January 5, 2012

…Christmas and New Year’s to seriously consider what Rutger Hauer murdering scores of Nova Scotian day-players might mean for the state of Canadian cinema. —Adam Nayman Jason Anderson is the…

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Hammer Horror: Ben Wheatley’s Kill List

By Adam Nayman / December 20, 2011

By Adam Nayman MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD The claw hammer that makes mulch of an amateur pornographer’s skull in the midpoint money shot of Kill List is a blunt instrument wielded…

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Kinda Like a Movie: Jason Reitman’s Young Adult

By Adam Nayman / December 16, 2011

By Adam Nayman In his review of Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, J. Hoberman informs us that its protagonist, 37-year-old hack writer Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), “packs up and drives back…

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Cinema Scope TIFF 2011 Roundtable

By cscope2 / September 17, 2011

Mark Peranson, Robert Koehler, Jason Anderson, Adam Nayman and John Semley hash out the best, worst and in-between of TIFF 2011….

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TIFF Day 6: Goon / Killer Joe / Love and Bruises / Roman’s Circuit

By cscope2 / September 13, 2011

…George Roy Hill’s Slap Shot, in a raw fit of patricidal rage. Killer Joe (William Friedkin, US)—Special Presentations By Adam Nayman It was a dark and stormy night, and then…

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TIFF Day 2: Arirang / This Is Not a Film / Almayer’s Folly / The Descendants / Generation P / The River Used to Be a Man / Shame / The Snows of Kilimanjaro / Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

By cscope2 / September 9, 2011

…Be a Man (Jan Zabeil, Germany)—Visions By Adam Nayman Actually the river here is not a man, but a metaphor for an outsider’s attempted immersion in a different culture. If…

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Issue 63 Editor’s Note

By Mark Peranson / June 23, 2015

…regular readers of this magazine are well aware, I find the ideas of polls, surveys, and their ilk generally off-putting, for many of the reasons elucidated in Adam Nayman’s article…

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TIFF 2014 | Li’l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont, France) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2014

By Adam Nayman It’s not HBO, it’s (French) TV, and it’s also paradoxically the best movie that Bruno Dumont has made since L’humanite (1999)—a good point of comparison because Li’l…

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Canadiana | What Does It All Mean? Canada’s All-Time Top Ten List

By Adam Nayman / June 23, 2015

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner By Adam Nayman TIFF All-Time Top Ten 1. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Zacharias Kunuk, 2001) 2. Mon oncle Antoine (Claude Jutra, 1971) 3. The Sweet Hereafter…

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Tous les garçons et les filles: Philippe Lesage’s Genèse and Les démons

By Adam Nayman / September 28, 2018

Paul Ahmarani (Lehrer Perrier) © beforfilms By Adam Nayman On the basis of Les démons (2015) and his latest film Genèse—I haven’t caught up yet with Copenhague, a Love Story…

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Clifton Hill (Albert Shin, Canada) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 10, 2019

By Adam Nayman Good thrillers live or die by their specifics, and Clifton Hill is nothing if not precise about its tourist-trap environment (the Canadian side of Niagara Falls) and…

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Tammy’s Always Dying (Amy Jo Johnson, Canada) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 9, 2019

By Adam Nayman Tammy’s also always yelling—and cursing, and drinking, and threatening suicide, and making a messy spectacle of herself in public and private. That’s just who Tammy is, and…

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Waves (Trey Edward Shults, US) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2019

By Adam Nayman With Waves, Trey Edward Shults goes for broke; another way to put it is that he’s writing cheques that his filmmaking can’t cash. Even leaving aside the…

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Sea Fever (Neasa Hardiman, Ireland/Sweden/Belgium/UK) — Discovery

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2019

By Adam Nayman You learn something new every day: for instance, I didn’t know that redheads were considered bad luck on the open seas, hence the chilly reception for bookish…

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Castle in the Ground (Joey Klein, Canada) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 6, 2019

By Adam Nayman The swift, ruinous descent from normalcy into substance abuse is hardly a subject lacking for cinematic treatment, and Joey Klein’s Castle in the Ground offers one more….

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The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, US) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 3, 2019

By Adam Nayman That Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe mutually lose their shit over the duration of The Lighthouse is not a spoiler: sequestered together off the coast of Nova…

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The Vast of Night (Andrew Patterson, US) — Midnight Madness

By Adam Nayman / September 2, 2019

By Adam Nayman The more things change, the more they stay the same, and the conspiracy-minded 1950s resonate in a zeitgeist in which everything feels accessible and occluded at the…

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Good Work: Lev Lewis, Yonah Lewis, and Calvin Thomas’ Spice It Up

By Angelo Muredda / August 12, 2019

…film professor played by Cinema Scope’s own Adam Nayman asks with disinterest early in Lev Lewis, Yonah Lewis, and Calvin Thomas’ smart and puckishly funny new film, seemingly pleased with…

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The Hottest August (Brett Story, Canada/US)

By Adam Nayman / June 27, 2019

By Adam Nayman It is, it seems, the End of the World as We Know It. Forty-two years after R.E.M. wrote the West’s definitive apocalypse-now anthem, the song’s essentially optimistic…

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Audrey II: Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell’s MS Slavic 7

By Adam Nayman / March 26, 2019

By Adam Nayman Canadians don’t do sequels. Or at least we don’t do them that often: Don Shebib went Down the Road Again again in 2011, and Bruce McDonald got…

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Cinema Scope 77 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / January 2, 2019

Adam Nayman Encore: Dora García’s Segunda vez by Michael Sicinski Learning to Live Together: Three Films by Beatrice Gibson by Phil Coldiron Woman with a Whip: The Transgressive Westerns of…

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Soft and Hard: Claire Denis on High Life

By Adam Nayman / January 2, 2019

By Adam Nayman There is a shot of an infant being carried by its father in Claire Denis’ L’intrus (2004) that may be the most rapt and tender image of…

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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (Xavier Dolan, Canada/UK) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 13, 2018

By Adam Nayman It’s a bittersweet symphony, this life: that’s the thesis (and arguably the most expensive-to-license hook, assuming friend-of-the-director Adele offered hers for free) in Xavier Dolan’s The Death…

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Color Out of Space (Richard Stanley, US) — Midnight Madness

By Adam Nayman / September 10, 2019

By Adam Nayman The stories of H.P. Lovecraft teem and crawl with terrifyingly malleable creations, yet paradoxically resist cinematic adaptation; more than most weird tales, they exist to be beheld…

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High Life (Claire Denis, Germany/ France/US/UK/Poland) — Gala Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 10, 2018

By Adam Nayman There is a shot of an infant being carried by its father in Claire Denis’ L’intrus that may be the most rapt and tender image of its…

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The Front Runner (Jason Reitman, US) —Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 9, 2018

By Adam Nayman The second movie in as many award-season cycles to feature scenes depicting the inner workings of The Washington Post, The Front Runner stakes out its distance from…

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Duelles (Olivier Masset-Depasse, Belgium/France) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 8, 2018

By Adam Nayman Or, Bad Mamans. There’s a genuinely intriguing idea at the centre of Duelles, in which a pair of suburban mothers as well-manicured as their respective lawns engage…

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Destroyer (Karyn Kusama, US) — Platform

By Adam Nayman / September 6, 2018

By Adam Nayman Playing a weathered LAPD lifer in Destroyer, Nicole Kidman looks like she’s been Dragged Across Concrete; her Erin Bell is the kind of hard-driving, harder-drinking detective who…

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Firecrackers (Jasmin Mozzafari, Canada) — Discovery

By Adam Nayman / September 4, 2018

By Adam Nayman It’s a town full of losers and they’re pulling out of there to win: that’s the premise of Jasmin Mozzafari’s Firecrackers, which expands the director’s 2013 short…

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Assassination Nation (Sam Levinson, US) — Midnight Madness

By Adam Nayman / September 3, 2018

By Adam Nayman The red, white and blue split-screen that showcases the horny, house-partying girls of Assassination Nation is the first—and maybe best—bit of neo-Godardian gamesmanship in Sam (son of…

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Rojo (Benjamin Naishtat, Argentina/Brazil/France/ Netherlands/Germany) — Platform

By Adam Nayman / August 31, 2018

By Adam Nayman The De Palmia-ish split diopter shot in the opening sequence of Rojo is an allusion that also suggests its own distinctive usage. Positioning the camera just behind…

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Cinema Scope 75 Contents

By Cinema Scope / July 2, 2018

…The Morals of Nature: Lee Chang-dong on Burning By Jordan Cronk FEATURES Exchange Rate: The Silent Partner at 40 By Adam Nayman Transgressions in the Dark Age: The Films of…

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Exchange Rate: The Silent Partner at 40

By Adam Nayman / July 2, 2018

By Adam Nayman “I think Toronto is a wonderful town, smart and up to date, just like a good American city…makes me feel like I’m back home in Cleveland.” These…

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The Uses of Disenchantment: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water

By Adam Nayman / December 19, 2017

By Adam Nayman Accepting the Golden Lion at Venice for The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro magnanimously offered this piece of advice to young filmmakers: “Have faith in whatever…

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The New Workout Plan: Denis Côté’s Ta peau si lisse

By Adam Nayman / September 28, 2017

By Adam Nayman William K.L. Dickson’s Sandow (1894) is a three-part documentary study of the Prussian muscleman Friedrich Wilhelm Muller, who adopted the more flamboyant nom de plume after he…

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The Carter Effect (Sean Menard, Canada/USA) — TIFF Docs

By Adam Nayman / September 10, 2017

By Adam Nayman Filming Drake (billed as a “rapper/actor,” in a nod to his Degrassi stint) in front of some dinosaur skeletons at the Royal Ontario Museum is the wittiest…

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Guest of Honour (Atom Egoyan, Canada) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 8, 2019

By Adam Nayman The subtext of Atom Egoyan’s latest mid-late-career work is that you shouldn’t be mean to people online—a plaint that looks retrospectively prophetic in light of the film’s…

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Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, US) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 13, 2019

By Adam Nayman With five minutes to go in Jojo Rabbit, I laughed out loud. One of the actors (not one of the famous ones) got off a good line…

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The Children Act (Richard Eyre, UK) — Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 10, 2017

By Adam Nayman Ian McEwan specializes in preposterous plots, and The Children Act is as contrived as anything in his posh, voluminous, award-winning repertoire. (I don’t have an official number,…

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TIFF 2020: Shiva Baby (Emma Seligman, US/Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 16, 2020

By Adam Nayman The title character of Canadian director Emma Seligman’s feature debut is technically the 18-month-old blonde moppet sired by affluent nebbish Max (Danny Deferrari) and his shiksa-goddess wife…

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Cinema Scope Issue 88 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 22, 2021

…Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: A Novel by Adam Nayman Global Discoveries on DVD by Jonathan Rosenbaum Exploded View | Suzan Pitt by Chuck Stephens Festivals Seeds of Change:…

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TIFF 2021 | Sundown (Michel Franco, Mexico)

By Adam Nayman / September 14, 2021

By Adam Nayman The indefatigable Michel Franco is back on his grind with Sundown, a companion piece to last year’s accomplished or objectionable (depending on who you ask) New Order….

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TIFF 2021 | The Wheel (Steve Pink, USA)

By Adam Nayman / September 13, 2021

By Adam Nayman From the director of both Hot Tub Time Machine movies (there was a sequel, remember) comes a probing, emotional relationship drama. “What if it doesn’t work?” asks…

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TIFF 2021 | The Middle Man (Bent Hamer, Norway/Germany/ Denmark/Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 12, 2021

By Adam Nayman Tapped for a spectacularly thankless civil service gig in a dilapidated Ontario backwater, Frank (Sverre Hagen) interviews for the job in front of a panel that includes…

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Revising Revisionism—Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: A Novel

By Adam Nayman / September 20, 2021

By Adam Nayman “This is the unwieldy version of the movie,” said Quentin Tarantino on the Pure Cinema podcast in June about his new 400-page novelization of Once Upon a…

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Issue 87: Table of contents

By Cinema Scope / June 15, 2021

…Psychomontage No. 1 by Chuck Stephens CURRENCY Petite maman by Courtney Duckworth  Azor by Jay Kuehner Faya Dayi by Jesse Cumming Zack Snyder’s Justice League by Angelo Muredda New Order by Adam Nayman

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New Order (Michel Franco, Mexico/France)

By Adam Nayman / June 15, 2021

By Adam Nayman “Mexico’s upper classes are asking for trouble,” Michel Franco told Variety last fall. With New Order,trouble has found them. The deep-crimson dress selected by prosperous newlywed Marianne…

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Cinema Scope Issue 85 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 22, 2020

…Pelechian’s La Nature by Phil Coldiron Minority Report: Armond White Wants to Make Spielberg Great Again by Adam Nayman F for Fake: Mank by Andrew Tracy Minimalist Maximalism: The Hilarious Horror…

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Minority Report: Armond White Wants to Make Spielberg Great Again

By Adam Nayman / December 22, 2020

By Adam Nayman The “About the Author” section of Armond White’s new critical anthology does not disappoint. In the space of four short paragraphs, White is identified as “esteemed, controversial…

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I Lost It at the Movies: Charlie Kaufman’s Antkind and I’m Thinking of Ending Things

By Adam Nayman / September 22, 2020

By Adam Nayman “It’s all planned, but it isn’t thought out,” wrote Pauline Kael in her review of A Woman Under the Influence (1974), a nifty bit of critical jiu-jitsu…

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TIFF 2020: Violation (Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinelli, Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 16, 2020

By Adam Nayman If you believe that the worst thing a movie can do is pass unnoticed, then Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli’s Violation might be for you. Deliberately taking…

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TIFF 2020: Still Processing (Sophy Romvari, Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 16, 2020

By Adam Nayman “A moment stopped would burn like a frame of film, blocked before the furnace of the projector,” intones Alexandra Stewart in Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil (1983), testifying…

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TIFF 2020: Rules for Werewolves (Jeremy Schaulin-Roux, Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 16, 2020

By Adam Nayman Having not read Kirk Lynn’s 2015 novel about a feral cult of squatters, I can’t say if Rules for Werewolves qualifies as a proper adaptation or a…

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Golden Eighties: J. Hoberman’s Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan

By Adam Nayman / September 23, 2019

Back to the Future By Adam Nayman The news cycle waits for no one, not even J. Hoberman. Opening up the former Village Voice critic’s new book Make My Day—the…

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TIFF 2020: Point and Line to Plane (Sofia Bohdanowicz, Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 16, 2020

By Adam Nayman The sterile, corkscrew expanse of the Guggenheim is a concrete geometric presence in Point and Line to Plane, which takes its title from a 1947 book of…

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TIFF 2020: Inconvenient Indian (Michelle Latimer, Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 15, 2020

By Adam Nayman Toronto’s Fox Theatre plays itself in Inconvenient Indian, which opens by sending Thomas King—author of the 2012 critical study that give the film its title and rhetorical…

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TIFF 2020: Every Day’s Like This (Lev Lewis, Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 15, 2020

By Adam Nayman The one direct allusion to assisted suicide in Every Day’s Like This is filtered through movie madness: discussing a potential date for the euthanasia of their terminally…

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TIFF 2020: Beans (Tracey Deer, Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 15, 2020

By Adam Nayman “Fuck you,” whispers 12-year old Beans (Kiawentiio) to her reflection in the mirror, a playful gesture of self-deprecation that’s also a rehearsal for external clashes. It’s July…

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TIFF 2020: As Spring Comes (Marie-Ève Juste, Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 15, 2020

By Adam Nayman Metaphor blooms in As Spring Comes, which reconfigures a frosbitten ice-fishing shack into a literal hothouse. Sheltered inside with her lover in what seems to be a…

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TIFF 2020: The Archivists (Igor Drljaca, Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 15, 2020

By Adam Nayman A significant change of pace for Bosnian-Canadian filmmaker Igor Drljaca after a run of Balkan-themed hybrid fictions and docs, the sci-fi-inflected The Archivists concerns a trio of…

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TIFF 2020: Akilla’s Escape (Charles Officer, Canada)

By Adam Nayman / September 15, 2020

By Adam Nayman A weary, wary weed dealer with decades on his odometer, Akilla (Saul Williams) operates self-effacingly under cover of the Toronto night; staring down the barrel of a…

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The Math of Love Triangles: Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Trigonometry

By Adam Nayman / July 4, 2020

By Adam Nayman The most arresting image in the new BBC Studios series Trigonometry (airing in the US this summer on HBO Max and in Canada on CBC Gem) comes…

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Cinema Scope 83 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / June 23, 2020

…Lattimer The Math of Love Triangles: Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Trigonometry by Adam Nayman Features “In Search of the Female Gaze” by Erika Balsom The Limits of Control: The Militant Cinema…

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Cinema Scope 82: Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 20, 2020

…Patricia Mazuy by Lawrence Garcia Spotlight: The Decade in Canadian Cinema Long Live the New Flesh: The Decade in Canadian Cinema by Adam Nayman Jodie Mack by Sofia Bohdanowicz Corneliu…

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TIFF 2015 | The Waiting Room (Igor Drljaca, Canada)—Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 1, 2015

By Adam Nayman The past is rear-projected in Igor Drljaca’s sophisticated second feature; while the exact nature of the (student?) film being shot on a soundstage in the film’s centrepiece…

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Cinema Scope 81 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 29, 2019

Interviews Anything Is Possible: Josh and Benny Safdie on Uncut Gems by Adam Nayman A Concept of Reality: Sergei Loznitsa’s State Funeral by Daniel Kasman Fairytales and Freudian Females: A…

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Cinema Scope 80 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 24, 2019

…Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan by Adam Nayman Chantal Akerman’s My Mother Laughs by Phoebe Chen TV or Not TV Too Old to Die Young by Christoph…

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Suburbicon (George Clooney, USA) — Galas

By Adam Nayman / September 6, 2017

By Adam Nayman On paper (where it was doubtlessly first written, probably with a typewriter, 30 years ago) Joel and Ethan Coen’s script for Suburbicon evokes sinister, postwar domestic melodramas…

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Cinema Scope 82: Editor’s Note — Best of the Decade

By Mark Peranson / March 20, 2020

…with the benignly nationalistic idea of focusing on what transpired in Canadian cinema over the past decade, but with a twist. After a general survey by Adam Nayman focusing especially…

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The Lodgers (Brian O’Malley, Ireland) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 9, 2017

By Adam Nayman Things creak in The Lodgers, a painfully genteel Irish horror movie haunted by the spirits of superior ghost stories, from The Innocents to The Others. It’s not…

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TIFF 2015 | Trumbo (Jay Roach, US)—Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 11, 2015

By Adam Nayman All Dalton Trumbo ever wanted was his name on an Academy Award, and the same goes for the people who’ve been entrusted with telling his life story….

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You’ve Gotta Be Fucking Kidding Me: Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

By Adam Nayman / December 21, 2015

By Adam Nayman If we can begin with a parlour game—and on the evidence of The Hateful Eight, our American Psycho laureate Quentin Tarantino is lately beloved of such Funny…

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Issue 64 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / September 25, 2015

…Essay by Roger Koza, Interview by Francisco Ferreira & Julien Gester Notes on Camp: An Interview with David Wain By Adam Nayman Necessary Means: Isiah Medina on 88:88 By Phil…

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Notes on Camp: An Interview with David Wain

By Adam Nayman / September 22, 2015

By Adam Nayman In the exciting climax of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp—the eight-part Netflix prequel to David Wain’s 2001 cult comedy about a Jewish summer camp…

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TIFF 2015 | Desierto (Jonás Cuarón, Mexico/France)—Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 17, 2015

By Adam Nayman “Welcome to the land of the free,” growls self-styled border patrolman Sam (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), mere moments after shooting up a group of Mexicans trying to sneak…

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TIFF 2015 | Maggie’s Plan (Rebecca Miller, US)—Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 16, 2015

By Adam Nayman No, it’s not an alternate title for the Thatcherite satire of High-Rise: Rebecca Miller’s abrupt slide into conventionality after a string of spiky efforts follows the Machiavellian…

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TIFF 2015 | Hurt (Alan Zweig, Canada)—Platform

By Adam Nayman / September 16, 2015

By Adam Nayman Real-life stories don’t come much more metaphorically resonant than that of Steve Fonyo, the B.C.-born amputee who followed in Terry Fox’s footsteps in a cross-Canada run for…

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TIFF 2015 | Hellions (Bruce McDonald, Canada)—Vanguard

By Adam Nayman / September 16, 2015

By Adam Nayman One hopes that Bruce McDonald’s heart wasn’t in Hellions. At times, it’s feeble enough to be mistaken for backyard filmmaking, except that it lacks the joy—the getting-away-with-somehing…

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TIFF 2015 | Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson, Canada)—Wavelengths

By Mark Peranson / September 14, 2015

…doubt Maddin has or cares to, but Adam Nayman’s review can be found here tomorrow. One niggling criticism: at a scant 30 minutes it’s far too short; surely the last…

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TIFF 2015 | Hyena Road (Paul Gross, Canada)—Gala Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 14, 2015

By Adam Nayman Canada, Fuck Yeah. Written, directed, starring, and narrated by Paul Gross—close-shorn and bearded like a badass—Hyena Road tries to show that war and war movies aren’t just…

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TIFF 2015 | Man Down (Dito Montiel, US)—Gala Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 13, 2015

By Adam Nayman Dito Montiel’s Man Down is a visionary work of abstract cinema—a haptic masterpiece that overwhelms the viewer through the sheer scale of its imagery. Then again, I…

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TIFF 2015 | The Steps (Andrew Currie, Canada)—Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 13, 2015

By Adam Nayman For generating the mental image of Chad Kroeger getting head from Sloane from Entourage, The Steps warrants scorn; it’s a weak Canadian movie indeed that has to…

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TIFF 2015 | Into the Forest (Patricia Rozema, Canada)—Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 11, 2015

By Adam Nayman It’s the Time of the Wolf, Canadian-style. But where big bad Michael Haneke quickly gets his apocalypse on the Road, Patricia Rozema keeps her characters in the…

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TIFF 2015 | Eye in the Sky (Gavin Hood, UK)—Gala Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 11, 2015

By Adam Nayman “In war, truth is the first casualty,” Aeschylus assures us on the opening crawl of Eye in the Sky, which only partially accounts for why Gavin Hood’s…

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Uniquely American Symptoms: The Manchurian Candidate 

By Adam Nayman / March 21, 2016

By Adam Nayman In the waning days of 2015, public intellectuals as varied as Salman Rushdie, Bill Maher, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar floated (or sky-hooked) the notion that Donald Trump was…

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TIFF 2015 | Endorphine (André Turpin, Canada)—Vanguard

By Adam Nayman / September 10, 2015

By Adam Nayman Freed from the constraints of shooting Instagram-style for Xavier Dolan, André Turpin amply fills the wide screen in this, just his third feature in 20 years. Hopefully,…

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TIFF 2015 | The White Knights (Joachim Lafosse, France/Belgium)—Platform

By Adam Nayman / September 9, 2015

By Adam Nayman Everything about this fact-based account of French aid workers plotting to transport African orphans back across the Atlantic to pre-paid adoptive parents—under the guise of a fictitious…

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TIFF 2015 | Dégradé (Arab Nasser & Tarzan Nasser, Palestine/France/Qatar)—Discovery

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2015

By Adam Nayman As ambulatory mammalian metaphors go, a manacled and toothless lion is pretty shaggy stuff: chained passively outside a Gaza Strip hair salon operated and populated by a…

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TIFF 2015 | Der Nachtmahr (AKIZ, Germany)—Vanguard

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2015

By Adam Nayman What Kim Gordon is doing in an arty, Berlin-set German genre movie is anybody’s guess, but the strangeness of her extended cameo as an empathetic high-school English…

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TIFF 2015 | Stranger (Yermek Tursunov, Kazakhstan)—Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2015

By Adam Nayman With Kazakhstan going to the dogs, young Ilyas decides to run with the wolves. Stranger isn’t officially an adaptation of The Jungle Book, but there’s more than…

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TIFF 2015 | Les êtres chers (Anne Émond)—Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2015

By Adam Nayman Anne Émond bests fellow French-Canadian whippersnapper Xavier Dolan in the Now-That’s-What-I-Call-’90s-Music department in Les êtres chers, as Blind Melon and Elliott Smith give way to Pulp (“Common…

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TIFF 2015 | Schneider vs. Bax (Alex van Warmerdam, The Netherlands/Belgium)— Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 7, 2015

By Adam Nayman Double Dutch hitmen, separated by a swamp and gunning for each other at the behest of a mutual colleague with his own agenda and no scruples: the…

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TIFF 2015 | Closet Monster (Stephen Dunn, Canada)—Discovery

By Adam Nayman / September 4, 2015

By Adam Nayman Murder, masturbation, melancholy, molly—this is one overstuffed Canadian debut feature. Perhaps they should have cut the talking hamster. That said rodent squeaks with the voice of Isabella…

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TIFF 2015 | Our Little Sister (Kore-eda Hirokazu)—Masters

By Adam Nayman / September 1, 2015

By Adam Nayman Surely the most demure manga adaptation in cinematic history—there isn’t a single bad-touching tentacle in sight—Our Little Sister finds Kore-eda Hirokazu in Ozu mode. With its numerous…

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TIFF 2015 | My Internship in Canada (Philippe Falardeau, Canada)—Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 1, 2015

By Adam Nayman Good commercial Canadian directors are hard to find—except in Québec, where money and audiences exist to make the effort seem worthwhile. Yet none of the province’s hitmakers…

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TIFF 2015 | Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari)—Contemporary World Cinema

By Adam Nayman / September 1, 2015

By Adam Nayman More funny games from the ringleaders of the New Greek Cinema: in a country that invented bread and circuses before Rome was even a gleam in a…

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TIFF 2015 | Brooklyn (John Crowley, UK/Ireland/Canada)—Special Presentations

By Adam Nayman / September 1, 2015

By Adam Nayman A textbook example of international co-production funds well spent—note the flashy film-festival slots from Park City to Manhattan—Brooklyn arrives duly hyped, and disappoints just as reliably. Encouraged…

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Vanishing Point: Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups

By Adam Nayman / March 11, 2016

By Adam Nayman “How do I find you? Who do you turn to?” A very Malickian line of inquiry, but these words do not emanate from any of the many…

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Last Action Hero: Jason Statham Plays It Straight

By Christoph Huber / March 21, 2016

…get payback. Deservingly discussed as they were by Adam Nayman in Cinema Scope 50, I shall give these key Statham works undeserved short shrift—ditto for Paul W.S. Anderson’s awesome Death…

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Issue 66 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / March 21, 2016

…Honda’s Style by Phil Coldiron Imagining Disaster: The Videos of Calum Walter by Samuel La France Uniquely American Symptoms: The Manchurian Candidate by Adam Nayman *Last Action Hero: Jason Statham…

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Power of Attorney: Better Call Saul

By Adam Nayman / June 27, 2016

– Better Call Saul _ Season 2, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Ursula Coyote/ Sony Pictures Television/ AMC By Adam Nayman “Better Call Saul is the shit and looks like—wait…

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Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, UK) — Special Event

By Adam Nayman / September 6, 2017

By Adam Nayman He just can’t help himself. Unless my memory is failing me, Memento-style, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is the first World War II movie — and I suppose, provided…

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The Disaster Artist (James Franco, USA) — Midnight Madness

By Adam Nayman / September 5, 2017

By Adam Nayman The pivotal moment in The Disaster Artist—James Franco’s absorbing, hall-of-mirrors adaptation of Greg Sestero’s combination memoir/tell-all about his participation in the making of The Room, which some…

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High Fantasy (Jenna Bass, South Africa) — Discovery

By Adam Nayman / September 4, 2017

By Adam Nayman The ’80s-style Hollywood body-swap comedy gets a purposeful and political makeover in High Fantasy, an inventive and entertaining South African feature that cleverly yokes heavy subject matter…