TIFF 2013 Review: R100 Is Another Mind Bending Trip From Japan's Savant Of The Strange

By the time Matsumoto Hitoshi made the move into feature films with his 2007 effort Big Man Japan, he was already a massive star in his native Japan, his television comedy work having firmly established Matsumoto as one of the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

TIFF 2013 Review: MCCANICK Brings Old-School Grit To Screen

Once upon a time, our screens were littered with one-name cops - Serpico, Canon, Columbo, Kojak, all with hard C-sounding consonant names that bespoke of a grittiness or hard hardheadedness. It's no surprise that McCanick borrows both the power of... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: DOM HEMINGWAY, A Cheeky, If Slight, Gangster Character Study

Petty gangster, safecracker, loud mouth, loose cannon, thief, deadbeat dad, pint guzzling, word-smithing, cat killing, thug Dom Hemingway is the type of guy you would have no tolerance for in real life, but generally gravitate towards on screen. Twelve years is... More »
  

TIFF 2013: Our Complete Coverage (So Far)

Well folks, it's the half way mark for Twitch's Christmas, also known as the Toronto International Film Festival, which means it's the perfect time to catch up on all the films that have been reviewed thus far by our intrepid... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: THE SACRAMENT Will Make You Want To Drink The Kool-Aid

Sometimes we are frankly limited by our terminology. What do you call a film that uses in-world video? That is to say, what do you call a film where the camera used to exclusively record the footage is incorporated... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks TIFF13, GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, And THE SQUARE

Already quite a year, and we're only four days into this 11-day fest! Something kind of unique for me, my first "stand up" in front of a boisterous crowd, talking TIFF off the top of my head. Chatted about Cuarón's... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: CANOPY Is An Interesting But Flawed Experience

It was back in the early 2000's, shortly after the release of O Brother, Where Art Thou, that word began to circulate that the Coen Brothers intended to shoot a film adaptation of James Dickey's novel To The White Sea.... More »
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TIFF 2013 Review: RUSH Burns Rubber, Makes Hearts Race

There's a dilemma about any "based on a true story" film. First, the movie has to work for those unfamiliar with actual events, those neophytes completely unaware of actual historical facts. Most movies often coddle these people, spending far too... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: DEVIL'S KNOT Adds Little To Tragic Story

For each of the last three years, the story of what transpired in West Memphis, Arkansas on May 5, 1993 has been the subject of a film that has played the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2011, we saw the... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: 12 YEARS A SLAVE Gracefully Examines Our Troubling Past

It certainly isn't easy using cinema to tackle mankind's great atrocities. But when it's done well, a movie can give these horrors the kind of personal connection that allows an audience to digest an event as more than just... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: The Devil Is In The Details In HORNS

"Are you Horny?" asks Juno Temple of Daniel Radcliffe in one of the more tranquil moments in this goofy yet sincere adaptation of Joe Hill's by all accounts quite good novel, Horns. Two lovers, Iggy and Merrin, lay like Yin and... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: GRAVITY, An Experience Like No Other

You're going to hear a lot about this film, gushing hyperbole about how Alfonso Cuarón has created a new masterpiece of such wonderful elegance that it's a sight to behold. You'll hear that it's the best set-in-space film of all... More »
  

TIFF 2013: Trailer For Götz Spielmann's OCTOBER NOVEMBER, A Character Study With Issues

Götz Spielmann presents his new film at this years Toronto International Film Festival. It's a story about two sisters who meet in a small Austrian village to be with their dying father. According to the official synopsis: A new chapter... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Interview: CANNIBAL Director Manuel Martín Cuenca Talks About Representing Evil

Manuel Martín Cuenca's masterful Cannibal has had its first public screenings at TIFF (one more on Saturday September 14th, you can read my review). It's a mermerizing story of love and evil, with a man committing crimes so horrible that only... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: BREAK LOOSE Doesn't Quite Hold Together

All the ingredients are here for a fine thriller - political discord, corrupt cops, ruthless proto-oligarchs, and car chases, all set against the backdrop of the waning years of Yeltsin, and the massive social and political change that would take... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: SEX, DRUGS & TAXATION Is A Gonzo Biopic So Strange It Has To be True

Just as you are unlikely to ever come across a more unlikely friendship than that which blossomed between browbeaten tax lawyer Mogens Glistrup and hedonist playboy Simon Spies through the 1960s in Denmark, you are equally unlikely to settle on... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

TIFF 2013 Review: THE DOUBLE Confirms Aoyade As A Potent, Fresh Voice

It seems fair to say that when Richard Aoyade's debut feature, Submarine, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010 it caught people by surprise. There were few expectations on the little indie comedy from the large-haired comedian turned... More »
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TIFF 2013 Review: THE DOG, An Engrossing Look At The Real Guy Behind DOG DAY AFTERNOON

The Dog is a highly entertaining if slightly indulgent look at the life of John Wojtowicz, the man who was portrayed by Al Pacino in Lumet's classic Dog Day Afternoon. Wojtowicz is a pretty fascinating guy who crammed more than... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: METALHEAD Offers A Searing Portrait Of Grief

A powerful portrait of grief never dealt with - of grief so powerful it likely never can or will be dealt with - Metalhead is the film that will very likely finally draw the sort of attention to Icelandic director... More »
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Check The Gripping Trailer For Dark Icelandic Drama METALHEAD

Though scarcely known outside of Iceland director Ragnar Bragason is already a well treasured commodity within his nation's borders and after Toronto Film Festival audiences come across his dark drama Metalhead his name value elsewhere is sure to spike elsewhere... More »
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