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Alex Heeney

Alex Heeney
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% Greed (2020) Greed introduces us to the disgustingly rich as a means of showing how the selfish cruelty of the one at the top can trickle down to affect how capitalistic systems are designed - hurting people that the head honcho will never see or care about. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Sorry We Missed You charts how decent people turn cruel and desperate when they're stuck with no financial options. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
67% The Delinquent Season (2018) [Cillian] Murphy is fascinating as a well-meaning man who is regularly a jerk, and the film slowly excavates his psychology; Murphy is especially still in this, as other people orbit around him and push his life in various directions. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
76% Hearts and Bones (2019) With strong performances from the entire cast and a sensitive look at two very different marriages, the film is well worth a watch despite some clunky sections. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
82% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) Maïmouna Doucouré's Cuties is an often compelling crowd-pleaser, if somewhat under-baked, which looks at how girls end up becoming over-sexualized at a young age. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
80% Summer White (Blanco de Verano) (2020) Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson's Summer White is a haunting story about a toxic mother-son relationship that gets interrupted by her new beau. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
No Score Yet Okavango: River of Dreams - Director's Cut (2020) It's a stunning piece of work that reminds you of the wonder and beauty of nature, and serves as a tacit call-to-action to protect this remarkable ecosystem.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
100% Charter (2020) The give and take between Elina and Alice becomes the heart of Charter, and Kernell subtly charts how they become more physically close to each other in the frame, even touching, the more emotionally close they become.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
87% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael is frustratingly opaque about the context in which Kael was writing and the legacy she has since left.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
95% End of the Century (2019) End of the Century starts out like an Iberian sequel to Weekend, only to become a kind of post-modern exploration of love, sex, intimacy, and possible lives.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
93% High Flying Bird (2019) In typical Soderbergh fashion, High Flying Bird is a film about basketball featuring no games of basketball, and a thriller that derives its suspense from the fast-paced, rhythmic dialogue of Tarrel Alvin McCraney.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
88% Cunningham (2019) Cunningham attempts to make sense of...disorder - not as it works in an individual [Cunningham] piece, but how it served as an organizing principle throughout Cunningham's career. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) 1917 is breathtaking in every way. A chamber drama tucked inside an exquisitely rendered war epic, 1917 is more heartstopping thriller than traditional war movie.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
90% Blood Quantum (2019) Blood Quantum falls into [a] trap: a zombie movie with a thoughtful if blunt-force metaphor that has entertaining blood and guts but inchoate ideas and undercooked characters.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
89% Top End Wedding (2019) Wayne Blair's Top End Wedding is a conventional crowd-pleasing getting married comedy with some surprisingly profound insights about how easy it is to lose ties to your culture when it's not the dominant one.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
100% Vai (2019) Taken together, the films paint a picture of the dominating influence of New Zealand and the importance of local culture and ritual, but also the increasing importance of education and the precarity of life on the land‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
100% An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible) (2018) Un amour impossible is a tough watch, but oh, what a beautiful film. The period costumes are not only gorgeous but the textures are rendered with such precision you feel like you could reach out and touch them. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
92% In Safe Hands (Pupille) (2018) Jeanne Henry's Pupille (In Safe Hands) offers a look inside the adoption system through the lens of multiple stakeholders, bringing humanity to an often invisible system.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
No Score Yet Jeune Juliette (2019) Jeune Juliette is an absolutely delightful and body positive teen comedy about 14-year-old Juliette, a smart and savvy outsider who is coming to terms with her own identity and how people treat her because she is plump. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
98% Timbuktu (2015) As the story of a cross-section of the people living under the occupation of misogynistic Islamist extremists, you might expect Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu to be bleak . It's the opposite. [TOP 50 FILMS OF THE DECADE] ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
99% Wadjda (2013) For years, aspiring feminists had Jo March; now, we have Wadjda. [TOP 50 FILMS OF THE DECADE]‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
95% Enough Said (2013) Holofcener finds the comedy in mid-life troubles without exploiting or making light of them, or being too bleak, and in so doing creates a very realistic portrait of a group of adults on the brink of major changes. [TOP 50 OF THE DECADE]‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
97% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) With Making Waves, Midge Costin does something similar for sound in cinema [as Side by Side did for digital filmmaking], charting its history and innovations, many of which were tied to major sci-fi blockbusters.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Much of the pleasure of Bacurau is the deliberate precision with which Mendonça Filho and Dornelles slowly build up this tension. We see the signs of violence -- bullet holes in the water truck, a too-quiet town -- before we see the blood.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
82% Judy (2019) The film is often about how much Judy The Legendary Performer is something other people constructed, while Judy Garland is a regular woman with regular concerns: bills to pay, children to feed... Zellweger's performance toys with this dichotomy, too.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Céline Sciamma's gorgeous, heart-wrenching Portrait of a Lady on Fire screened on the first day of TIFF, and it became the gold standard by which I evaluated all other films.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
91% Ema (2019) Ema is a bizarre, colourful, pulsing, bonkers, and utterly invigorating cinematic experience. Part melodrama, part dance film, it defies categorization and even explanation: like dance itself, it has to be experienced to be understood.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
60% Comets (2019) Tamar Shavgulidze's quiet, lovely Comets is a film about memory, missed opportunities, and lost loves. At just 71-minutes, it's short and sweet, but packs an emotional punch thanks to strong performances.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
95% Rocks (2019) Sarah Gavron's chaotic and energetic new feature, Rocks, captures the indomitable spirit of the 15-year-old girl who gives the film its name, as well as her London group of friends. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
97% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Shot in icy blues, greens, and greys, this is a harsh, sad world with no happy endings... Yet Komasa finds humour in this premise, creating a wise satire of not just the church but the way people use their beliefs to justify their own bad behaviour.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Hope (Håp) (2019) Søhdal tenderly depicts a marriage that is indeed a strong partnership, with years of built-up intimacies, and yet also how that relationship can be stifling, in part because of gendered expectations.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
100% Murmur (2019) Murmur ...[follows] a solitary middle-aged protagonist, Donna (Shan MacDonald)[, who] starts working at an animal rescue, and ends up taking many of the animals home to fill the companionship void in her life.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
87% Mouthpiece (2019) The best movie of the year, Mouthpiece, is Canadian, set in Toronto, and written and directed by women and about women... The dual performance...allows them to represent two sides of a complex woman who is constantly in conflict with herself. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
66% Peterloo (2019) Mike Leigh's Peterloo is a rare story about the fight for a fairer democracy: one of carnage rather than triumph, one that ends with tragedy and unfinished labour rather than success and social change.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet Noura's Dream (Noura rêve) (2019) Throughout, Noura weathers every indignation quietly, not because she's unwilling to fight for herself, but because she's picking her battles. In this world where men reign, and rarely leave Noura's frame, the only way to survive is to play the game. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) The film's framing device was a neat idea, though poorly executed...It wasn't a good sign that I spent much of Rocketman thinking about how incredibly talented and underused Jamie Bell is.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) Unfortunately, Late Night has little to offer beyond Thompson's wardrobe, and of course Thompson herself. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
42% Vita & Virginia (2019) The film's greatest strength is as a showcase for Debicki, one of the most talented actresses working today, who perfectly embodies Woolf's genius and vulnerability. ‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
93% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) The Ground Beneath My Feet thus raises the age-old and sadly still relevant question: can a woman ever be truly free when living in the patriarchy?‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
96% Queen of Hearts (2019) Shot in icy blues and whites and among the hard edges of a modernist home, there's nothing very comfortable about this environment; el-Toukhy doesn't want us to get cosy.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
80% Dolce Fine Giornata (2019) Its ideas are a bit inchoate, and the final image of the film is so obvious you leave with the pang of being hit over the head with a blunt object.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
97% The Last Tree (2020) The Last Tree really makes us feel the systemic troubles Femi faces.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
86% The Sharks (Los tiburones) (2019) Unfortunately, Garibaldi finds few shades to Rosina's characterization, exploring neither her broader life nor her sexuality in much depth.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
82% This is not Berlin (2019) At times a bit clunky, This is not Berlin is a lot of fun most of the time, and Ponce de León is both a beautiful and a compelling presence.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
97% Dirty God (2019) Jade is resilient but desperate. So even when the film's script requires her to do some incredibly stupid things, she recovers and we keep rooting for her.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
No Score Yet Volontaire (2018) ...worth a watch for this albeit limited look at what it's like to be a woman who suddenly finds herself ensconced in the military when that was never previously an ambition.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Keep an Eye Out (Au Poste!) (2018) At just 73 minutes, Quentin Dupieux's absurdist black comedy Keep an Eye Out is an amusing trifle that doesn't outstay its welcome even though it doesn't quite stick the landing.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
83% The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) The Trouble with You comes out mostly clean with just a few uncomfortably prejudiced jokes. But for the most part, it's an absurd and hilarious romantic comedy, in which Hanael offers perfect comic timing in a self-serious performance...‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% Our Body (2018) Han Ka-ram's first feature is a thoughtful and sensitive look at late twenties malaise, female friendship, and the way both of these can turn into an obsession with the body.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles) (2018) Sébastien Pilote's third feature is a buoyant, colourful, and often very funny coming-of-age story about a clever and cynical teenager.‐ Seventh Row
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019