Fantastic Fest 09: THE CHILDREN Review

[This review originally appeared when the film screened at Toronto After Dark and reappears now with itès arrival at Fantastic Fest.] Ah, children. They're sweetness and light and all the good things about life. Too bad they can also... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

FantasticFest2009: Trick 'R Treat

[I'm going to bring this review back up from Toronto After Dark because despite any misgivings I may have had about the film I have one thing to say. The Spirit of Halloween is dying in my opinion. Each year... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantastic Fest 09: THE REVENANT Review

[This review originally ran with the film's appearance at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and reappears now with the screening at Fantastic Fest.] Soldier Bart Gregory is killed while fighting in the Middle East. He is given a military... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

TIFF 09: THE BAD LIEUTENANT - PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS Review

So is Bad Lieutenant:  Port of Call New Orleans a remake, a sequel, or what? Parse it any way you like (and I shall attempt this) but it is a dynamite piece of satire and perhaps something more.  Werner... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

TADFF 09: GRACE Review

Let us put the cards down on the table, shall we? Most horror movies these days aim to titillate, not actually scare. When you are cheering for the victims (or the slasher) to be splattered or carved on screen, this... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

TADFF 09: ROUGH CUT Review

Su-ta is going through a particularly bad patch in his career. He may be a popular film star, but his press has being going sour for a while. He is hiding his current relationship from the paparazzi by reducing it... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

TADFF09: Must Love Death

Norman's getting over a difficult relationship breakup when he meets Jennifer, actually she meets him - with her car - and falls in love all over again. But due to an unfortunate misunderstanding he leaves the city heartbroken and... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

TADFF 09: THE CHILDREN Review

[Todd has a very different take of the film and we're playing dueling reviews. Read his review here.] "You brought them into this world. Now ... They will take you out" is the, frankly pretty awesome, marketing hook on the... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

TADFF09: Someone's Knocking at the Door

Meant to be a mind fuck from start to finish, the challenging Someone's Knocking at the Door features over the top killer phallus, sexual deviancy, and drug induced hallucinations. A group of drug-taking medical students are shocked over the murder... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

TADFF 09: Embodiment of Evil

Embodiment of Evil marks José Mojica Marins' return to the big screen as his iconic character Coffin Joe after a decades-long absence. Released from prison after 40 years Coffin Joe continues his search for the woman who will help... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

TADFF 09: STRIGOI Review

With all the contortions and mutations that the vampire movie has taken in the past 75 (heck, the past 2) years, it is quite refreshing to see that there remains interesting potential in the genre. Take for instance, Faye Jackson's... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

TADFF 09: Black

It's all about confessions today (after Embodiment of Evil last night I feel dirty). Thanks to Canadian distributor Evokative Films I have had Black for some time now and have been able to watch it more than once. At first,... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

TADFF 09: The Warlords

I'm going to cheat again. The Warlords was made in 2007 and has been available on import DVD for some time now. The reason why it is important that it is playing at TADFF is that this film has... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

TADFF 09: BLACK Review

A second viewing of Pierre Laffargue's kitchen-sink genre-mash cements the notion that if there is a reasonable successor to John Carpenter, albeit with more global leanings, Laffargue is quite possibly the man. While not as overtly funny as something like... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

TADFF 09: Død snø / Dead Snow

In advance of the zombie apocalypse that will descend upon The Bloor Cinema tonight for zombie day at Toronto After Dark I'll put up my review for Død snø now. The advantages of doing what we do you see.... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

TADFF 09: Black Dynamite

Someone's killed Black Dynamite's little brother. Some sucka's gonna pay. Black Dynamite goes on a no holds barred rampage through town taking out fools who take money from hos and sell drugs to the community. Little does he know that... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

TADFF 09: BLACK DYNAMITE Review

[The 4th Edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival kicks off tonite at the historic Bloor Cinema off with a jolt of pure entertainment in the form of Michael Jai White and Scott Sanders' Black Dynamite. The film is... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 09 Review: BLACK

[OK, so I am not actually in Montreal right now, but in the spirit of the fine programming on hand at this years festival, I had a look-see at Pierre Laffargue's directorial debut, the action crime extravaganza, Black.] Kitchen-sink filmmaking... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Repo! The Genetic Opera: One week event at The Bloor Cinema!

I should have written this up after I saw this at TADFF. That would have been the proper thing to do but this was just one of those movies that I really wanted to write up but somehow found... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

TAD2008: Home Movie

Home Movie is the video document of one family's descent into darkness by their own hand. It uses a compilation of found home-made footage, a lot of it around holidays, a time meant for family togetherness. In the remote... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  
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