sceneitsept2014 15 September 02

I Have Scene It Before

As TIFF quickly approaches, I opted to spend the Labour Day long weekend soaking up some quality time with family and friends instead of being immersed in cinema. It was a much needed battery recharge before the festival insanity commences. Though our TIFF coverage will begin shortly, I thought it was time to have a […]

odile et michel August 31

Shorts Spotlight: Odile et Michel

The key to any relationship is communication, but what happens when that element becomes a hindrance? In Danny Sangra’s sly short film Odile et Michel, this topic is tackled in the most unexpected way. The film revolves around a woman, Odile (Flore Bonaventura), who is trying to understand why her boyfriend Michel (Antoine Gouy) refuses […]

TIFF-The Cobbler August 28

My TIFF 2014 Schedule

One week today marks the start of TIFF! As with every year, one of the most grueling aspects of the festival is narrowing down what to see. There are simply too many wonderful selections to choose from. While I got the bulk of the films I had on my “must-see” shortlist, seeing tickets for Winter […]

The man who fell to earth 3 August 26

Blind Spot: The Man Who Fell to Earth

As the credits began to roll over the head of a passed out Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) I sat bewildered at what I had just witnessed. Though my anticipation was high, after all this was the film that Under the Skin – one of my favourite films of TIFF last year-was frequently compared to, […]

henchmen-1 August 25

Shorts Spotlight: Henchmen: Ill Suited

When Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are looking to take a piece of the lucrative superhero pie, you know that genre is far from its saturation point. Ferrell and McKay are producing an animated feature film, entitled Henchmen, co-written and directed by former Pixar animator Adam Wood. Although the film will not be unveiled until […]

Dust 2 August 24

Shorts Spotlight: Dust

In Dust, Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) plays Todd, a loner who begins stalking a single mother (Jodie Whittaker of Attack the Block) and her young daughter Jessica (Lola Albert). Following them home from school one day, Todd lingers around their house until nightfall before making his move. It is […]

Headhunters August 21

Netflix Pick: Headhunters

We all have a Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) in our lives, that guy who overcompensates for his lack in stature by driving an extravagant car and talking tough. Though the Napoleon Complex that people like Brown carry with them daily can be annoying, every so often we can take glee in the fact that their […]

Bill Murray-Ghostbusters August 20

TIFF Celebrates Bill Murray Day

The Toronto International Film Festival has dedicated one day of its 2014 edition to a celebration of the charismatic, wise-cracking, comedic genius of living legend Bill Murray. September 5 is Bill Murray Day and includes free public screenings of three comedy classics — Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — leading up to the world premiere […]

TIFF-a-Reese August 20

Reese Witherspoon, Denzel Washington and More in Conversation at TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival invites audiences to step into the unparalleled experience of its Mavericks programme, featuring intimate conversations with leaders in the film world and beyond. Offering engaging, in-depth discussions and revealing anecdotes about their latest projects, this year’s prestigious lineup of special guests includes filmmakers David Thorpe, Julie Taymor, Antoine Fuqua and […]

Leos Carax-Pola X August 19

The Auteurs: Leos Carax

One of the important filmmakers to emerge from France in the 1980s, Leos Carax is someone who plays by his own rules. A student of the French New Wave, Carax infuses his own sensibilities into films that explore the notion of love and connection in very unique ways. His fearlessness towards tackling different genres, along […]

music for one apartment and six drummers August 17

Shorts Spotlight: Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers

I must tip my hat to my pal James McNally, the curator of the Shorts That Are Not Pants program, for first bringing this delightful short to my attention. After the exhausting week I just had, revisiting this film was the perfect pick me up. Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers focuses on a […]

The Expendables 3 August 15

The Expendables 3

Truth be told, I have never cared much for the pulsating aging biceps that populate Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables franchise. The novelty of seeing many of my favourite action stars, and a bunch of UFC fighters who somehow are considered action heroes despite never acting in anything of note, quickly dissipates the minute the generic gunplay […]

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