Toronto 2014 Review: Epic And Austere, ALIVE Depicts Dark Days For Korean Laborers

Incessantly grim and pushing the three-hour mark, indie helmer Park Jung-bum's Alive is about as challenging a sophomore work as anyone could have dreamt up. And this from a man who debuted with the ferociously bleak The Journals of Musan... More »
  

Los Cabos 2014: Denys Arcand And Atom Egoyan To Be Honored, Plus Canadian Lineup

For its upcoming third edition (12-16 November), Los Cabos International Film Festival (previously known as Baja International Film Festival) has a brand new image, but it is once again showcasing the cinema of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The festival... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS Is Lovingly Reverent Of The Ridiculous

Mark Hartley's unofficial biography of Cannon Films impresarios Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus is equal parts reverent and dumbfounded in its depiction of these maverick Hollywood outsiders. Bottling the same level of ravenous reportage for Cannon's bountiful output as Hartley... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: RUN Finds Thrilling Drama In Fractured Character Study

Ivorian Philippe Lacôte's film Run is a brash fiction debut for this documentarian. The film begins with an off-camera assassination, and through a series of concentric flashback's we're told the story of Run. Part gangster and part activist, Run... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: WILD, A Decent Film

Taking on another true story after his hugely successful Dallas Buyer's Club, Jean-Marc Vallée this time turns his lens onto the story of Cheryl Strayed, a woman with a past who takes it upon herself to hike hundreds of... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Kevin Smith's TUSK Gleefully Plays By Its Own Rules

"Why don't you ask him if he's going to stay? Why don't you ask him if he's going away? Why don't you tell me what's going on?" - TUSK, Fleetwood Mac Kevin Smith is many things to many people... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: Winterbottom's THE FACE OF AN ANGEL Is A Meta-Narrative Thriller That Works

It's a dangerous thing to make a movie about making a movie. It's even more dangerous when the movie is about the writing process for the very movie the audience is watching. Not only is the meta-narrative difficult to pull... More »
  

Watch The Gloriously Trippy Sci-Fi Short APHELION POINT

Anyone in attendance at last month's Film4 FrightFest in London would have been treated to a bevvy of brilliant short films (programmed by our very own Shelagh Rowan-Legg no less) in addition to a fantastic array of international horror flicks. Not... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE WORLD OF KANAKO, Gloriously Irresponsible Filmmaking

The first two minutes of Nakashima Tetsuya's violent and unrelenting The World of Kanako are a litmus test on whether one should proceed. A frenetic orgy of editing non-sequitors, both assaulting and attention grabbing, occurs right before slamming into a stylized... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Toronto 2014 - NIGHTCRAWLER, TUSK, THE LAST 5 YEARS

It's Toronto International Film Festival time, with a street level look at a few gems from this year's crop. Nightcrawler is dark and disturbing, Kevin Smith's Tusk is a strange and wild midnight tale, and The Last Five Years is a... More »
  

Celluloid Screams 2014: More Of Those Creepy Kiwis, A Monster Romance, And Retro Royalty Highlight Full Roster

Boy oh boy, did the final weekend of October just get a whole lot cooler for the residents of Sheffield, England! We announced that The Editor, from members of Canadian outfit Astron-6, would be opening the festival. Well, they just... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: MONSOON Paints A Brash, Beautiful Portrait Of India And Its Storms

There's something primal about our fascination with storms, something connected for even the most urban of city dwellers to the enormous forces that shape our planet. It's no surprise that earlier civilizations named gods after these elements, and that... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Is On-Screen Music Theater Done Right

It's common knowledge that a pure musical takes more than a bit of suspension of disbelief. From the first notes, you kind of have to go with the flow, taking in the abstraction as it comes. On stage, this level... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Celebrates The Messiness Of The Universe, Concisely

James Marsh's eye for documentary is a welcome aspect to this biopic about one of the most recognizable scientists to have ever lived. Stephen Hawking is perhaps known more widely for his physical struggles, synthesized voice and pop culture... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: CHARLIE'S COUNTRY, Wild Vistas, Remarkable Performances, And Assured Direction

When I saw Rolf de Heer's Bad Boy Bubby in an arthouse theatre back in the mid-90s, I was totally unprepared for such raw and nihilistic filmmaking. A violent and dark film, it was clear from that one film... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: SPRING Is No Sophomore Slump

"You saw me all fucked up and I am still here." So says Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) to his Italian girlfriend, Louise (Nadia Hilker), after discovering that her 'little secret' is well outside his comfort zone. It is this moment, well... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Interview: Talking BIG GAME, Character Actors And 1980s Blockbusters With Director Jalmari Helander

In between screenings of the ridiculously fun and Amblin-esque popcorn muncher Big Game at the Toronto International Film Festival, I managed to have a chat with Finnish director Jalmari Helander and his young star Onni Tommila. The young actor was a little... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: SONG OF THE SEA Is A Timeless Delight For All Ages

Irish animator Tomm Moore made - to put it mildly - a very large impression with his 2009 feature debut The Secret Of Kells, a gorgeous piece of work with rich storytelling high in adventure and genuine emotion that earned... More »
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Lund 2014: Full Lineup Reveals Creepy Kiwis, Nazi Zombies, And Some Good Old Cannibalism

The full schedule for the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival was unveiled just before the weekend. We had previously announced that the festival already included highly sought after films like The Guest, The Babadook and V/H/S Viral. Well. if you head... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: THE DEAD LANDS, An Epic Yet Intimate Action Journey

As is often the case with a classical heroic journey, what you get out of the quest is often what you bring to it. With some humility and patience, you'll be rewarded; wanting rewards without putting in the work... More »
  
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