'Jessabelle' is hobbled by its insistence on using the twist structure. Too many horror movies fall into this trap, building overly complex narrative that drive towards some hidden revelation.
'You're Not You' feels like it’s afraid of really dealing with the despair that can come with a terminal disease.
The documentary conceit doesn't hold up very well. The movie doesn't really seems all top concerned with maintaining the illusion of the form.
'Past Tense' feels like a bunch of stray ideas stuck together. There’s some interesting thinking in there, but it ends up being mostly tossed aside in favor of a basic romcom setup.
While the film still gets a lot of mileage from just these three guys riffing, there just seems to be even less of a point to all this now.
'Penguins of Madagascar' indicates that these characters are best in small bursts. They keep stealing the show in the Madagascar movies because they have no narrative pressure on them.
But though we do not get a wholly satisfying narrative experience, 'Mockingjay' delivers admirably on a thematic level.
And that’s it for another year of Cinema One. Of the ten films, my personal favorites are Lorna, Violator, Soap Opera and That Thing Called Tadhana. But here’s what the awards jury found noteworthy.
With eight of the ten films seen, I feel pretty comfortable with saying that Sigrid Andrea Bernardo's 'Lorna' is my favorite in this year's competition.
As much this film is supposedly about debate, it doesn't offer much of a conversation.