Meditation Park – VIFF 2017 Review

Meditation Park

Bookended by a pair of pining yet positive 1960s-era pop songs from Chinese diva Chang Loo, Mina Shum’s latest film, Meditation Park, bristles with passion and perseverance in a contemporary-set story of devotion, deliverance, and revision amongst an aging married couple at a crossroads. Meditation Park is sensational in its subtlety and simplicity as Shum, […]

7 Reasons Why “Twin Peaks: The Return” is The Perfect Culmination of David Lynch’s Career

David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return, a goliath eighteen-hour journey into the art of dreams, memory and time, is unquestionably the best film of the year. Once seen, The Return cannot be eradicated from memory, it leeches onto your mind with a vice like grip that cannot be loosened. Once the screen fades to black, […]

The 15 Best Cult Anime Movies of All Time

Akira

Evidently, the world of Japanese animation (anime) is dominated by mainstream productions, like the ones from Studio Ghibli, particularly when we are referring to movies and not series. However, inside this vast industry, some productions that could be easily characterized as cult could not be missing. With a focus on diversity, as I tried to […]

120 Beats per Minute – VIFF 2017 Review

A fast-moving flight of exuberance and ecstasy set amidst the backdrop of AIDS ravaged France of the 1990s, BPM (Beats per Minute) is the visually varied, intoxicating, romantically yearning, tragically uptempo, and entirely deserving Grand Prix recipient at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Robin Campillo, who also co-wrote the film along with Philippe […]