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Joseph Tomastik

I’m very much a late bloomer when it comes to my love of cinema. I took a career path about as far removed from it as you can think, but over the years I realized just how much film could affect me, and how exciting it was to explore and analyze it to the extent I do now. I’ve been writing reviews and discussion pieces since 2018, and now hope to take this relatively new path even further. My favorite genre is easily science fiction, as it opens the door to so many possibilities while still trying to ground itself to varying degrees depending on the story.

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Stéphane Lafleur on “Viking” (TIFF Interview)

Viking premiered at TIFF, and we interviewed director and co-writer Stéphane Lafleur to ask about the film, its meaning, and his process in making it.

Carmen Jaquier & Lilith Grasmung on “Thunder” (TIFF Interview)

Thunder premiered at TIFF, and we sat down for an interview with writer-director Carmen Jaquier and star Lilith Grasmung about the film and their experiences.

V/H/S/99 (TIFF Review): Uneven Found Footage Schlock

Despite clear talent being present, the uneven V/H/S/99 delves into schlock and cheap, loud scares far too often, fighting against its own found footage nature.

The Greatest Beer Run Ever (TIFF 2022): Film Review

The Greatest Beer Run Ever has good intentions and is technically competent, but its emotional core and comedic elements both ring too hollow to amount to much.

Empire of Light (TIFF Review): A Messy But Gorgeous Romance

Empire of Light boasts gorgeous, near-flawless technical merits, but they can’t save a messy, unfocused script that bites off way more than it can chew.

The Fabelmans (TIFF Review): A Tribute to Film and Family

Through The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg delivers a personal and heartfelt, if imperfect, tribute to his family and the formative power of film.

Pearl (TIFF Review): Mia Goth Shines in a Fitting Prequel

Though it doesn’t hit the same highs as X, Pearl is still a fitting prequel that solidly explores the origins of Mia Goth’s deranged, repressed slasher killer.

The Whale (TIFF Review): Fraser Excels In Heartbreaking Tale

The Whale sees Brendan Fraser excel in Darren Aronofsky’s upsetting, heartbreaking tale of grief, physical struggles, and emotional neglect.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (TIFF 2022) Film Review

Glass Onion ups the twists and scale from Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, while delivering fresh, subversive layers that maintain what made it great to begin with.

Viking (TIFF Review): An Ambiguous Space Character Study

Through its ambiguous and cold nature, Viking is a character study that constantly has you asking, “Who are the real characters we’re studying?”