Satoshi Kon, The Illusionist: NIGHTSTREAM ’21 Review

Satoshi Kon, The Illusionist, playing at Nightstream’s virtual festival, written and directed by Pascal-Alex Vincent, looks at Satoshi Kon’s creations and impact on the industry and the challenges he faced. The documentary explores a man that, like his creations, was complex but loved the entirety of humanity. 

Poser: NIGHTSTREAM ’21 Review

Poser is a slow burn about identity, isolation and obsession. It blends artistic directing, the underground art and music scene with a steady pace to make a drama that is equal parts compelling and unnerving.

The Guilty: TIFF ’21 Review

The Guilty, directed by Antoine Fuqua, is an American remake of a 2018 Danish film of the same name. With a screenplay written by Nic Pizzolatto and the original screenplay by Gustav Möller and Emil Nygaard Albertsen, the film follows Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal), assigned to 911 dispatch pending a trial, as he races against time to save a kidnapped woman who calls in. Despite copaganda elements, The Guilty is a fraught, riveting movie with dynamic acting and overarching themes of systemic issues, provided you haven’t seen the original.

Aloners: TIFF ’21 Capsule Review

Jina (Gong Seung-Yeon) lives an isolated life but begins to reevaluate when her neighbor dies. Despite the sadness in Aloners, there’s a hopeful note that gently plays as gradual change ripples outward, like a pebble thrown in still waters.