When Martin McDonagh burst onto the scene four years ago with the incredibly funny – but almost gleefully offensive – In Bruges, it gave him almost immediate credibility as both a writer and director. In Bruges, in addition to giving people a reason to like Colin Farrell again, was a shot in the arm to the art of comedic filmmaking, and garnered McDonagh’s screenplay a well-deserved Oscar nomination.
The art of the time travel film has always been something of a mixed bag. It’s a very tricky subject to get right without having a million little plot holes and paradoxes that cause the viewer to go insane with confusion. In the case of Looper however, writer/director Rian Johnson not only explores this subject with meticulous precision, but also adds in an incredible, and more importantly, original story.
There’s been a slew of feel good movies coming out this year, most of which debuted during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and Mads Matthiesen’s debut feature film Teddy Bear fits safely into that trend. Based on a short film also from Matthiesen, Teddy Bear features a heartfelt story, along with a stellar performance from the film’s lead, Kim Kold. It’s the perfect blend of comedy and drama, and while the storyline itself is nothing special, it’s the uniqueness of the characters that make this film worth your time.