TYS-Rogue September 22

Toronto Youth Shorts 2014 Sneak Peek

Returning for its sixth season, the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival continues to be one of the premier outlets for young local filmmakers to showcase their talents. Featuring thirty-six short films in three distinct programmes, that cover themes from discovery to the bonds that bind us, there are plenty of choices to satisfy even the […]

The Keeping Room September 21

TIFF 2014: The Keeping Room

War is cruel. The depth of its cruelty is hard to fathom, especially since it is often the innocent who suffer the most. While most films about the American Civil War have focused on its impact from a male point of view, Daniel Barber’s latest film takes a distinctly feminist perspective. His film paints a […]

TIFF-Cruel Story of Youth-2 September 21

TIFF 2014: Cruel Story of Youth

There was a collective and audible “waaa” as the words “the end” abruptly closed the book on Nagisa Ôshima story of youthful rebellion. It was clear that, like most of the film, the audience was not prepared for such a finale. Truth be told, it is hard to be prepared for the depth of cruelty […]

TIFF-Pasolini September 20

TIFF 2014: Pasolini

Willem Dafoe embodies the mannerisms of the legendary Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini so effortlessly that it is easy to forget that he is putting on a performance. Dafoe carries a swagger that not only matches Pasolini’s spirit, but also that of director Abel Ferrara. In many ways it is fitting that a filmmaker like […]

TIFF Labyrinth of Lies September 19

TIFF 2014: Labyrinth of Lies

In the constant search for groundbreaking cinema, it is easy to forget that sometimes a story works best in a classic setting. Take the auspicious Labyrinth of Lies for example. Giulio Ricciarelli’s feature-film debut crackles in a way that only an old-fashioned procedural can. In the crowded field of World War II related dramas, which […]

TIFF-The Cobbler September 19

TIFF 2014: The Cobbler

The Cobbler is one of those modern-day fairy tales that tries so hard to be everything to everyone that it loses sight of what it actually is. The film is a constant contradiction of itself. At times it is a screwball comedy with heart and at other times a misguided, not to mention slightly offensive, […]

TIFF-Revenge of the Green Dragons-2 September 18

TIFF 2014: Revenge of the Green Dragons

Martin Scorsese and Andrew Lau have had a rather interesting working relationship over the last few years. Scorsese was so taken by Lau’s thrilling police procedural Infernal Affairs that he remade the film into the Oscar winning film The Departed several years later. Though Scorsese is only listed as executive producer on Lau’s latest crime […]

TIFF-The Tribe-2 September 17

TIFF 2014: The Tribe

When the title card appeared on screen announcing that The Tribe tells its tale in sign language, with no dialogue and no subtitles, a young woman in the audience made a comical remark clearly intended to create a fake sense of shock. At the 9:45 PM screening the crowd was clearly getting a bit loopy […]

TIFF-Beats of the Antonov September 17

TIFF 2014: Beats of the Antonov

Music is many things to many people. It can speak to the soul, change a mood, and perfectly encapsulate a moment in time. For the Sudanese farmers, herders, and rebels residing in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions, music means so much more. It serves as both a symbol of their heritage and as […]

TIFF-leviathan September 16

TIFF 2014: Leviathan

One of the many things that director Andrey Zvyaginstev nails in his latest work, Leviathan, is scale. The characters’ problems may be life altering, but they themselves seem small in comparison to the world around them. They are eclipsed by a landscape where the fossilized bones of a whale seem mammoth compared to the young […]

TIFF-Songs She Wrote About People She Knows September 15

TIFF 2014: Songs She Wrote About People She Knows

Carol (The Cabin Movie’s scene-stealer Arabella Bushnell) has a lot that she wants to get off her chest. Years of anger and frustration are boiling underneath her serene demeanor. Taking advice from her therapist, she enrolls in a musical therapy group that teaches individuals to sing what they are feeling. Gifted with a lovely singing […]

TIFF-Mommy-2 September 14

TIFF 2014: Mommy

There is a wonderful montage in the latter part of Xavier Dolan’s award-winning film Mommy that is both breathtakingly beautiful and devastating. Dolan uses this brief moment to perfectly encapsulate what it means to be a parent. Every hope and dream that comes with years of sacrifice captured on screen in vibrant colour. It is […]

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