TIDFAF - Chalk Dust May 29

TIDFAF 2015: Here & There, Wasted Beauty, Silent Life, Tree Fairy, Chalk Dust, Silent Chaos

Aside from the centerpiece screening of Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe, the 5th Annual Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival will be screening a hefty selection of short films. Celebrating the diversity and challenges that impact the deaf community, there are films that will satisfy all types of film lovers. Here is a brief look […]

The Tribe May 28

TIDFAF 2015: The Tribe

The Tribe is an experience. A startling jolt of adrenaline that is both unforgettable and unsettling. The lack of both dialogue and subtitles is not a gimmick, but rather an integral part of the overall way the film wraps itself around the viewer. Set entirely in the world of the deaf, Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s debut film […]

poltergeist May 26


The Hollywood remake factory strikes again. But director Gil Kenan (City of Ember, Monster House) and producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert (Evil Dead) have a particularly tough row to hoe when it comes to reimagining Poltergeist. As intense as the original is by 1982 standards, it’s one of the few straight-up horror films of the era […]

My Dinner with Andre May 25

Blind Spot: My Dinner with Andre

Films have a funny way of entering one’s life at just the right time. Take Louis Malle’s 1981 gem, My Dinner with Andre, for example. This film’s inclusion on this year’s Blind Spot list has more to do with a pop culture reference than the critical praise heaped on the film. If I am to […]

TIFF 2012 May 22

TIFF’s New Platform Programme Champions Ambitious Directors

The Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF) announced the launch of Platform, a new programme comprised of up to 12 films of high artistic merit that demonstrate a strong directorial vision by significant international filmmakers. A three-person international jury will award a prize of $25,000 to the Best Film in the programme. “TIFF has always been […]

Far from the Madding Crowd 1 May 21

Far from the Madding Crowd

The year is 1870 and Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) spends her days riding across the great hills and valleys of the Dorst countryside. A wealthy land owner named Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), who has 200 sheep on his 100 acres, takes a fancy to Everdene and even asks for her hand in marriage. However, the […]

sceneitmay20159 May 20

I Have Scene It Before

It is time to test your film knowledge with the latest edition of I Have Scene It Before. Back in March, you keen film lovers were able to identify 17 of the 21 films. The screenshots that proved challenging were: Gael García Bernal’s directorial debut Défict (#7), Ti West’s The Sacrament (#8), 2012’s Lola Versus […]

Cheatin' May 18


Legendary animator, and two time Academy Award nominee, Bill Plympton returns to the big screen with his tenth feature film, Cheatin’. Told in his trademark hand-drawn style, and without any dialogue, Plympton’s latest offering explores the rapid way in which jealousy can erode relationships. Ella is a beautiful young woman who seems to turns heads […]

Rule Number Three May 17

Shorts Spotlight: Rule Number Three

This weekend Nicholas Hoult can be found in theatres worldwide in the hotly anticipated action film Mad Max: Fury Road. Back in 2011, Hoult was not only involved in the revival of the X-Men franchise, playing Beast in X-Men: First Class, but he also made the quirky short film, Rule Number Three. Directed by Tim […]

After Dark - Everything and Everything and Everything May 16

Shorts Spotlight: everything & everything & everything

After somehow managing to miss screenings of everything & everything & everything at both TIFF and Toronto After Dark last year, I was beginning to wonder if I would ever get a chance catch up with Alberto Roldán’s short film. Thankfully I did and it was worth the wait. Roldán’s wonderfully absurd sci-fi film tells […]

Suicide Squad Team Promo Photo May 14

Are We Killing the Element of Surprise in Cinema?

It is always fascinating to observe the stunned, and at times perplexed, looks that come my way when I admit that I still have not seen the latest Star Wars teaser trailer. You know the one that not only marks the triumphant return of Han Solo to the franchise, but has also caused many around […]

ICFF -The Humbling May 13

Italian Contemporary Film Festival Launches its 2015 Program

L’Oriana The Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) unveiled its 2015 program yesterday at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Toronto. The annual festival celebrates the best in contemporary Italian cinema from around the world. ICFF runs from June 11-19, 2015 in Toronto, Vaughan, Mississauga, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City. “The ICFF slate is a diverse collection of […]

A Brand New You May 12

A Brand New You

In the realm of high concept romantic comedies, A Brand New You easily takes the cake for the most outlandish premise in recent years. The film feels like the Frankenstein’s monster of the genre, fusing together elements of comedy and science fiction to construct something that cannot be easily defined. Similar to the hairy underwear-clad […]

Avengers: Age of Ultron May 11

Avengers: Age of Ultron

In Avengers: Age of Ultron the charismatic, if misguided, platinum piece of artificial intelligence known as Ultron (James Spader) declares that his mission is “peace in our time.” While his actions later on in the film suggest otherwise, there is something inherently compelling about his perceived purpose. For all the carnage he causes, Ultron genuinely […]

snowpiercer_1 May 08

The Auteurs: Bong Joon-ho

One of the figures of the Korean New Wave movement in the late 1990s/early 2000s, Bong Joon-ho is a filmmaker that is known for making dark films that defy convention. Never wanting to be pigeonholed as a filmmaker, Bong continually challenges himself by tackling various genres. His films always manage to offer some glimmer of […]

Clouds of Sils Maria.1jpeg May 05

Clouds of Sils Maria

Written and directed by Olivier Assayas, Clouds of Sils Maria is a film that revolves around an actress, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche), who is coping with aging in an industry that celebrates youth. Enders is asked to take part in a remake of Maloja Snake, a play by Wilhelm Melchior about the tragic relationship between […]

Duke of Burgundy May 04

The Duke of Burgundy

Writer/director Peter Strickland turns his eye to sexuality in the follow-up to his celebrated Berberian Sound Studio. The Duke of Burgundy chronicles the relationship between Cynthia (Sidse Babbett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna), lovers and entomologists who specialize in butterflies (of which the titular Duke is in fact a European species), a relationship with a strong BDSM […]

Haida_Gwaii_on_the_edge_of_the_world__1 May 03

Hot Docs 2015 Awards Announced

Hot Docs is pleased to announce this year’s award-winning festival films and filmmakers. The Hot Docs Awards Presentation, hosted by Garvia Bailey, host of Good Morning Toronto! on Jazz.FM91, took place on Friday, May 1, at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto. Twelve awards and $61,000 in cash and prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, […]

Last_of_the_Elephant_Men May 02

Hot Docs 2015: Last of the Elephant Men

One of the greatest strengths of religion is the lack of proof required to be a believer. If you truly believe, you’ll see elements of truth all around you – whether elephant spirits, miracles, or myths coming true. However, if those same beliefs give you and your community a set of mutually agreed values to […]

Creeping_Garden_3 May 01

Hot Docs 2015: The Creeping Garden (Capsule Review)

Slime mould. Two words I would have never fathomed taking up residence in my brain, but here we are. Thanks to Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp’s The Creeping Garden, it is one of the first things that formulates in my mind whenever I step outside. Though they are not easily spotted by the common eye, […]


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