Reviews from the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival

The line up for the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival

The line up in front of the Granville Theatre for the premiere of Toad's Oil at the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival. As you can see, people just love line-ups on cloudy days.

We’ve all heard that journalism can be a strenuous pursuit.

That’s true, no doubt about it… but sometimes we gadflies do get some truly sweet gigs. I thought about that as I flashed my media pass and received free tickets to some of the best new movies from around the world. Thanks to Schema Magazine, I was able to watch, enjoy, and review four films at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).

If you’re interested in any of the titles, click the link to see what this rookie reviewer had to say. Shout outs to Schema for taking a chance on an unknown kid.

Sweet Crude

By VIFF Correspondent Fabiola Carletti

Sweet Crude
USA, 2009, 93 min
DIR: Sandy Cioffi

Human rage and resilience are skillfully captured in the quietly passionate cinematography, which tells a terrifying story as tastefully as possible.

Written By (Joi Sun Ho)

By VIFF Correspondent Fabiola Carletti

Written By (Joi Sun Ho)
Hong Kong, 2009, 86 mins
DIR: Ka-Fai Wai, Charles Heung, Raymond Lei

…the car crash is only the first incident in a web of fantastical tragedies, ghost stories, and cross-pollinating plots.

Cooking with Stella

By VIFF Correspondent Fabiola Carletti

Cooking with Stella
Canada, 2009, 104 mins
DIR: Dilip Mehta

The story weaves through kerala shrimp curry and kidnapping, creating a delicious plot that has got the film nominated for the Canwest Award for Best Canadian Feature Film.

Toad’s Oil (Gama No Abura)

By VIFF Correspondent Fabiola Carletti

Toad’s Oil (Gama No Abura)
Japan, 2008, 131 mins
DIR: Yakusho Koji

…in learning about his son’s life, Yazawa inadvertently takes it over.

Schema Magazine’s VIFF Reviews include:

VIFF 2009 | The One Man Village
VIFF 2009 | Cow
VIFF 2009 | Shameless
VIFF 2009 | Sweet Crude
VIFF 2009 | That Evening Sun
VIFF 2009 | Cooking History
VIFF 2009 | Written By (Joi Sun Ho)
VIFF 2009 | At the End of Daybreak
VIFF 2009 | Cooking with Stella
VIFF 2009 | Night and Fog
VIFF 2009 | Karaoke
VIFF 2009 | McDull Kung Fu Kindergarten
VIFF 2009 | Kamui
VIFF 2009 | The Happiest Girl In The World
VIFF 2009 | Like You Know It All
VIFF 2009 | Yang Yang
Ninja Assassin | Strong Asian characters with mainstream sex appeal at VIFF!
VIFF 2009 | Toad’s Oil (Gama No Abura)
VIFF 2009 | Pop Star On Ice
VIFF 2009 | It Might Get Loud
VIFF 2009 | Where Are You
VIFF 2009 | Afghan Star
VIFF 2009 | Mother
VIFF 2009 | For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism
VIFF 2009 | Defamation
VIFF 2009 | Air Doll (Japan)
VIFF 2009 | We Live in Public
VIFF 2009 | Antichrist
VIFF 2009 | Sun Spots
VIFF 2009 | It Came From Kuchar

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