CIFF Capsule Review: Still

Simon Blake’s debut feature is a slow burn thriller with enough heart to match its white knuckle adrenaline. The director pays homage to many classic noirs throughout his movie, while keeping the story and the characters fresh and real. Aidan Gillen (Game Of Thrones) gives a heartbreaking performance as a not-so-successful photographer grieving the loss of his teenage son and his marriage. Still is a … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Still

CIFF Capsule Review: Red Rose

The film Red Rose takes place in an apartment above the streets of Tehran just after the sham election of 2009 that kept Mahmoud Ahmedinijad in power. Supporters of Mousavi, the main competitor of Ahmedinijad took to the streets to protest the results. The Green Wave (or Sea Of Green/Green Revolution) was a key point in Iranian history when the people stood up and made … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Red Rose

CIFF Capsule Review: Timbuktu

In Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu, we get a long look at events we’ve only seen a glimmer of here in the states. A small group of militants take over the town, changing the laws as they see for based on their interpretations of the Quran. The leader of the local mosque claims he has no problem with their proclaimed jihad, but he does have issues with … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Timbuktu

CIFF Capsule Review: Miss Julie

The opening night film at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival is Liv Ullmann’s production of Miss Julie. It plays like an upstairs/downstairs version of Who’s Afraid Of Virgina Woolf?, with Colin Farrell as the valet of a Baron and Jessica Chastain the Baron’s daughter. The whole thing takes place over one night in 1890, as the two work their way through a power dynamic … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Miss Julie