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Jackie Directed by Pablo Larraín Opens December 2 It’s amusing to imagine people seeing Jackie—one of two new films directed by Pablo Larraín that open in December—and then, diving into his back catalogue. Theirs would be a dive into the darkest depths of human nature and historical horror, inhabited by the damaged and the twisted, the latter of whose psychologies can challenge the bounds of viewer empathy. I’m thinking of the murderous Saturday Night Fever obsessive at...
Film festivals are what you make of them. Well, most of the time anyway. But it’s especially the case with a behemoth like the Toronto International Film Festival. With its 41st edition just concluded, TIFF is comfortably coasting into middle age, perhaps a bit too content to view itself as the center of gravity for the film world. With more than 400 films screening across 11 days, it’s by far North America’s biggest...
In the last few weeks, stories detailing threats and acts of sexual violence against women have proliferated. Whether it was the ongoing coverage of the more than a dozen women who detailed being drugged and raped by comedian and cultural icon Bill Cosby, or that of the women who were targeted with rape and death threats during Gamergate, or that of Emma Sulkowicz the Columbia University student who has been walking around campus carrying a mattress...

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