THE IDOL – Review by Susan Granger

HBO’s much heralded, salacious The Idol came and went so quickly that many missed this supposed big-budget backlash in the #MeToo era. The cringe-worthy, now-cancelled six-part series revolves around Jocelyn, a masochistic pop-star played by Lily-Rose Depp. Even with its obvious allusions to self-destructive Britney Spears, the plot is too plain, the narrative disjointed and the dialogue dreadful. It’s unclear why Jocelyn would be so obsessively attracted to creepy Tedros or why the rest of the cast would be seduced into his abusive cult. He exudes zero charisma.

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BODIES, BODIES, BODIES – Review by Susan Granger

Here’s the set-up: five longtime friends and their respective companions gather at a remote vacation house on the eve of a predicted hurricane. They decide to play an improv game in which players ‘kill’ someone by touching them. Whomever discovers the ‘murder’ yells: “Bodies, Bodies, Bodies” – and everyone has to figure out who the ‘killer’ is. The chaotic shrieks and scares are supposed to be great fun until – one after another – various participants are brutally slaughtered. Whodunit? Who cares?

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SHIVA BABY (TIFF20) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

in Shiva Baby, Seligman paints a distinctly contemporary portrait of a young woman whose carefully constructed false identity is about to come crashing down, forcing both herself, her peers and we, the audience, to address the damage the social fetishization of professional success can do to young people who just need time to figure things out on their own.

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