Category Archives: JDIFF 2010

Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: Ondine

Ondine is the latest film from Neil Jordan. The film stars Colin Farrell as Syracuse – a fisherman from rural Ireland whose life is changed when he catches a woman in his nets. Literally. Syracuse’s daughter, Annie, from a previous relationship is convinced that the woman, Ondine, is a Selkie – a seal person – and when mysterious, wonderful and strange things start happening to Syracuse, he starts to believe it too. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: Everybody’s Fine

Widower Frank (Robert DeNiro) sets off across the US on an impromptu road trip to reunite with his adult children who he has not seen in some time. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story is the new film from Michael Moore where he examines… um… the capitalist system in the US and asks whether this model has failed the public. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: One Hundred Mornings

One Hundred Mornings is the new film from Irish writer/director Conor Horgan. The film centres on two couples who are holed up in a lakeside cabin. Society as they, and we, know it has broken down, communication lines are down and food, and trust, are scarce. They must band together to survive. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: Accident (Yi Ngoi)

Accident focuses on a gang of professional killers who work to contract. The interesting thing about this gang is the fact that they do not commit murders, as such. Rather, they watch their targets and set up an accident for them to walk into. When a job goes wrong, however, gang front man and brain Ho Kwok-fai descends into paranoia while trying to unravel the truth about an accident that befell his team. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: Broken Tail

Broken Tail is a documentary about a tiger of the same name. Broken Tail was killed by a train after he left Ranthambore, the national park in which he was born, and walked for nearly 200 kilometres. Broken Tail was just 3 years old at the time. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: Cairo Time

Cairo Time is the story of a woman, Juliette (Patricia Clarkson), who journeys from the US to Egypt to meet her husband for a holiday. Juliette’s husband, Mark, works for the UN in Gaza. Mark delayed from journeying to Cairo to meet her and so has his friend and former colleague, Tareq (Alexander Siddig) meet her and show her around the city. The longer Mark is delayed, the closer Juliette and Tareq become. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: Please Give


The cast of Please Give is fantastic – Catherine Keener, Rebecca Hall, Oliver Platt – but as we have learned with films that have a fantastic cast, sometimes they are making up for what they lack in story. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: Whip It!

Whip It! is the first full length feature film directed by Drew Barrymore. The story is that of Bliss (Ellen Page) a teen girl who discovers that what she really wants to do is play roller derby, not compete in beauty pageants as her mother wants her to. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: Shutter Island

Shutter Island, based on the novel by Denis Lehane, centres around US Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigating the escape of a patient from Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. The hospital is housed on the remote Shutter Island in Boston Harbour and almost as soon as Daniels, along with his new partner Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), arrives, he begins to suspect that all is not as it appears to be. Continue reading

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