All posts by Katy Chamoun

MIFF Review: Sonita (Iran, 2015) offers a lot to contemplate

All too often, the scene of refugees fleeing from the religious violence of Afghanistan and the Taliban is a common image to appear on our television screens and the news publications that slips into our Facebook feeds. The documentary filmmaker, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, uncovers a more distressing cultural issue ingrained within Afghani traditions of the misogynistic and patriarchal culture where young women are sold to men in marriage.... Continue Reading

MIFF Review: Certain Women (USA, 2016) is a quiet, gentle piece of cinema

Proving to be the master of quiet filmmaking, Kelly Reichardt has established quite a name for herself within the independent cinematic industry. With slow-burning, patient films like Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, her newest picture follows the style of her preceding work. Certain Women, an adaptation of short stories by Maile Meloy, shows Reichardt provide contemplative and powerful observations on the lives of women.... Continue Reading

MIFF Review: Chevalier (Greece, 2015) is a hilarious critique of the male-ego

It’s been said that being at sea tests the limits of friendship and one’s own character. Add a touch of boredom mixed with an abundance of male-ego and you have yourself a manhood-measuring-contest that walks the thin line of manners, morality, and absolute absurdity. Chevalier is a funny and insightful exposé of the masculinity and vulnerability of Greek men, spectacularly captured by Athina Rachel Tsangari, director of Attenburg and producer of Dogtooth.... Continue Reading

Aussie actor Ben O’Toole among new cast members for Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots film

It’s an international affair as English actor Will Poulter (The Revenant, The Maze Runner), Aussie actor Ben O’Toole (The Water Diviner), and Irish actor Jack Reynor (Sing Street) have been announced to join John Boyega (The Force Awakens) in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film regarding the 1967 Detroit Riots. The news was first reported earlier this week, exclusively by Variety.... Continue Reading

Five Pixar sequels we’re still waiting (and hoping) for

Pixar is no stranger to sequels. For over 20 years, Pixar have dominated animated cinematic releases with their critical and box-office success. With the massive acclaim behind sequels like Toy Story 2 & 3 and Monsters University, Pixar has now (much to everyone’s excitement) released Finding Dory after a 13-year wait since its predecessor, and still its most successful non-sequel of all time, Finding Nemo.... Continue Reading