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 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 »
By Todd Brown   

TIFF 2013 Review: THE STATION Aims For Creature Feature Greatness But Misses The Mark

All of the ingredients are in place for The Station to be a thrilling exercise in crowd pleasing horror. You've got a hot young director in Rammbock's Marvin Kren being given a significant boost in resources to prove what he... More »
By Todd Brown   

TIFF 2013 Review: ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE Lets The Good Times Load

When it comes to the ample challenge of squeezing out profit from an indie film, current dogma would have it that titles closer to the start of the alphabet do better on digital VOD platforms. Therefore you'd be forgiven... More »

TIFF 2013 Review: PARKLAND, A Refreshingly Original Take On The Death Of JFK

It's not really a surprise that the Kennedy Assassination continues to hold so much sway some half century after its occurrence. A young, charismatic President cut off in his prime, a picture-perfect doting wife, and all the mystery and machinations... More »

TIFF 2013 Review: Tahrir Doc THE SQUARE Is A Modern Masterpiece

Let's cut right to the chase - Jehane Noujaim's epic, astonishing documentary The Square is easily one of the most complex, most nuanced, and frankly most important documentaries made about the ongoing political developments in Egypt. Heck, I'll go further,... More »

TIFF 2013 Review: TRIPTYCH Is Intoxicating, Accessible Art Cinema

Québecois filmmaker and theatre director Robert Lepage is one of Canada's truly great artists, a man of astonishing visual style. Since then he has achieved great acclaim, often playing larger on the international stage than he does in most of... More »

TIFF 2013 Review: CANNIBAL, A Beautiful And Minimalist Study Of Love

Cannibalism pops up with fair regularity in film; and between Somos los que hay, its remake (the fact that there is a remake) We Are What We Are and the television series Hannibal, it seems a particular kind of obsession/evil... More »

TIFF 2013 Review: Kurosawa's REAL Is A Bland Disappointment

Acclaimed Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi - a great favorite around these parts - ends a five year absence from feature films with 2013 effort Real, the story of a young man granted the opportunity via high technology to project his... More »
By Todd Brown   

TIFF 2013 Review: TIM'S VERMEER Is Magical Art

For decades now, Penn & Teller have made a living pricking the balloon of illusion, showing the skill and sheer tenacity behind magical performances that's as compelling as any level of deceipt or subterfuge. What makes their shtick so engaging... More »

TIFF 2013 Review: THE FIFTH ESTATE Showcases Benedict Cumberbatch

Over the weeks leading up to the Toronto International Film Festival, I've been asked repeatedly about the choice of this film as an opening Gala. Many have questions whether the opening film somehow speaks to a great theme at the... More »

TIFF 2013 Review: SOUTHCLIFFE Collapses Under Its Own Weight

For the first half of its running time the experience of watching the Tony Grisoni scripted, Sean Durkin directed Southcliffe is not unlike the experience of lancing a boil. It is excruciating, yet also somehow exhilerating to watch this tragic... More »
By Todd Brown   

TIFF 2013 Review: INTRUDERS Proves The Power Of Perspective

If ever there were a film that demonstrated the importance of cultural context when unraveling meaning ... well, there are lots of films that demonstrate this, honestly, and Noh Young-seok's Intruders is very definitely one of them. It's such a... More »
By Todd Brown   

TIFF 2013 Review: Sono's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL Brings The Madness To Midnight

Mark my words: If another film brings even half the level of lunacy to the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness lineup as does Sono Sion's Why Don't You Play In Hell, I will eat my shirt. Literally. I will... More »
By Todd Brown   

TIFF 2013 Review: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Brings A Cosmopolitan Maturity to the Ailing Vampire Genre

Detroit is the new Transylvania in Jim Jarmusch's delightfully detached vampire reverie, Only Lovers Left Alive. The film manages to significantly build upon and outdo Neil Jordan's recent Byzantium in terms of clawing back the genre from its more recent sparkly... More »

TIFF 2013 Review: iNUMBER NUMBER Brings Reservoir Dogs To South Africa

Sweating men, decaying industrial wasteland and corruption of all stripes are all front and center in iNumber Number, an esoteric name for a movie that is all other respects is tight as drumskin.  Consider it Reservoir Rats, only replace Tarantino's... More »

Review: SALINGER Promises Secrets And Insights, Delivers Research And Interviews

Not content merely to be a sturdy, well-researched documentary that recounts the life and literature of J.D. Salinger, Shane Salerno's Salinger seeks to discover the secret psychological motivations of the writer, who famously guarded his privacy for decades after his... More »

Venice 2013 Review: MOEBIUS Is Insane and Brilliant

Kim Ki-duk has shocked many a festival/arthouse audience over the years, ever since he used fishhooks to terrible effect in The Isle (2000). Watching his films can be an uncomfortable experience and while he has perhaps gone overboard in the... More »

Review: TABU is a Glorious Celebration of Cinema and Crocodiles

Tabu calls to mind the oft-repeated comparison between film directors and magicians. Indeed, how else but with magic could Portuguese director Miguel Gomes have created such a joyful, enthralling film from this wild mix of historical adventure, deadpan humor, romance,... More »
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