TÁR–starring Cate Blanchett in an Oscar-worthy role–is a film that has a lot to say about holding people accountable for their actions. The basic gist of the film is that Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett) is the groundbreaking conductor of a major German orchestra. When we first meet her, she’s sitting down in conversation with Adam Gopnik during The New Yorker Festival for way longer than other filmmakers would allow. The EGOT winner is essentially living…"TÁR: A Film About Holding People Accountable"
A Good Man is yet another example of transface casting gunning for awards with cisgender actress Noémie Merlant in a transgender role. It would be one thing for a cisgender filmmaker to bring a trans story to the screen if they actually had a transgender actor in the trans role. However, this certainly isn’t the case here. Not by a long shot. What’s even more insulting is that the film’s co-writer, Christian Sonderegger, has a…"Toronto 2020: A Good Man Is Another Transface Film"
Jumbo is one of the stories that are stranger than fiction and yet this coming-of-age drama is surprisingly inspired by a true story. Jeanne (Noémie Merlant) is a shy young woman that works late nights at the local amusement park. While Jeanne’s mom would prefer that she meet a man already, she’d rather be doing other things. For instance, Jeanne is always building miniature theme park rides in her bedroom. When the park gets a…"Sundance 2020: Jumbo"