Mini reviews and ratings for the films I saw this year. The most I’ve seen at MIFF, ever. What a wonderful time of the year.
'The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet' dir. Jean-Pierre Juenet ★★★★ Super cute and had the perfect child-like view of the world. A really fun kid adventure film.
'The One I Love' dir. Charlie McDowell ★★★★★ This film was amazing!! I can’t really say too much without giving away the premise of the film, but a really well done surrealist rom-com.
'Boyhood' dir. Richard Linklater ★★★★★ This film left me thinking a lot, obviously beatifully done over the twelve years, and a really great coming-of-age story. The only downside was a bit of a disconnect because of it being from a male perspective.
'God Help The Girl' dir. Stuart Murdoch ★★★★ A pop musical! Hell yeah! This was a really fun film, but also had some important serious undertones. Loved this one!
'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him / Her' dir. Ned Benson ★★★★ So this was a two-part film from His/Her perspectives, and it was really interesting to not get the full story until both sides were done. I really liked this interesting way of exploring story in film.
‘Obvious Child’ dir. Gillian Robespierre ★★★★★ This was my favourite film of the whole festival. Jenny Slate was amazing and completely wonderful in this. The whole story was funny and just seriously great. This is definitely one the absolute best rom-coms I have ever seen.
‘'The Skeleton Twins' dir. Craig Johnson ★★★★ Pretty dark considering the comedy talent in it, but it was really good, and had one of my favourite scenes of the festival in it. It was the best balance of emotional and hilarious. I also really enjoyed Luke Wilson’s character in this!
‘'Wish I Was Here' dir. Zach Braff ★★★★ Pretty solid film from Zach Braff, exploration of fatherhood. I enjoyed this film quite a bit. Solid dramedy.