TIFF-The Face of an Angel July 30

TIFF Reveals More Titles

Yesterday the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF.) announced the titles that will be screening as part of its Masters, Midnight Madness, Vanguards and TIFF Docs programmes. This year the programmes will be welcoming new works from Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Winterbottom, Kevin Smith, Takashi Miike, Joshua Oppenheimer, Ethan Hawke, Frederick Wiseman, Hong Sang-soo, Adam Wingard, Ann […]

Blue Ruin 1 July 29

Blue Ruin

“It’s personal which is why I know you will fail” In most revenge films a line like this would be played for big laughs. It would be a sign of skepticism from a character on-screen that only strengthens our faith, as an audience, in the plight of the hero. We know that he cannot fail, […]

Lucy July 28

Lucy

Written, edited, and directed by Luc Besson, Lucy is the story of an American college student who is forced to become a drug mule for a Korean gangster. When the drugs begin to have major efforts on her body, Lucy soon discovers that she is able to access her brain’s full capacity. Gifted with superhuman […]

God July 27

Shorts Spotlight: God

The first time I really took note of Melissa McCarthy was in John August’s 2007 gem The Nines. While I had seen her in minor roles prior, her wonderful performance in that film has been cemented in my mind ever since. Though McCarthy and August are now enjoying successful careers, today’s short was the stepping […]

TIFF-The Judge Poster July 26

David Dobkin’s The Judge to Open TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced yesterday that David Dobkin’s The Judge will open the 2014 Festival on Thursday, September 4. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, the Big Kid Pictures/Team Downey production stars Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton. Big […]

Cimino-deer hunter 2 July 24

The Auteurs: Michael Cimino

Michael Cimino is one of the most controversial filmmakers to emerge from the New Hollywood era of the 1970s. Known for creating visually striking films, Cimino has the uncanny ability to keep the subject matter contained despite painting on a wide canvas. His name is synonymous with both success and failure. He went from being […]

TIFF-Foxcatcher July 22

2014 TIFF Unveils its First Slate of Films

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, announced the first round of titles premiering in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival®. Of the 13 Galas and 46 Special Presentations announced, this initial lineup includes 37 world premieres […]

Coming Home Soon 1 July 21

Shorts Spotlight: Coming Home Soon

Recently we listed Matthew Lillard’s feature film debut, Fat Kid Rules the World, as a Netflix recommendation. Today we wanted to highlight a short film Lillard made in collaboration with the Vancouver Film School. Coming Home Soon offers a touching look at the loneliness and heartbreak that the spouses of those serving in the military […]

0710-dinner-for-schmucks July 18

Schmucks for watching

There are those Saturday nights when you find yourself at home, relaxing on the couch, and flipping through channels on the TV. You happen upon a movie that you’ve never seen and you decide to watch it. That’s how my husband and I spent last Saturday night. We knew nothing about the film that was […]

Apocalypse Now 1 July 17

Talking 1979 Oscars on The Dew Over

At the 1979 Oscars, Kramer vs. Kramer reigned supreme by nabbing the Academy Award Best Picture over the likes of Apocalypse Now and All That Jazz. Was it a justifiable win or an Oscar abomination? Is there another film from 1979 that should have taken the title but did not make the cut? In short, […]

Fat Kid Rules the World 1 July 16

Netflix Pick: Fat Kid Rules the World

Adapted from the novel by K.L. Going, Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut Fat Kid Rules the World aims to provide a more realistic look at the complexities of youth. It conveys the universal theme of finding one’s own path, while subtly avoiding several of the conventions commonly found in teen-centric coming-of-age tales. The film tells the […]

locke July 15

Locke

In an age where attention spans are growing shorter and short by the minute, the fact that Locke even exists feels like a feat in and of itself. While Locke is not the first film to utilize only one location to tell its story, asking the audience to buy into the concept is always a […]

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