Tag Archives: TIFF

November 16

TIFF to Launch Save This Moment Campaign

You are sitting in the cinema. Hunkered down in your seat. The lights begin to dim, filling the cinema with darkness; the room falls silent. A beautiful, flickering light emanating from the booth behind you illuminates the screen, forming a moving picture as a film strip whirls through a projector… Moving images have not only […]

September 23

TIFF 2016: Bezness as Usual

There was a great void within Alex Pitstra that consumed much of his youth. Raised by his mother Anneke, Alex longed to know more about his estranged father Mohsen. So when he was finally old enough to venture off on his own from Holland to Tunisia, to visit Mohsen and his current family, he did […]

September 19

TIFF 2016: Loving

Jeff Nichols latest film Loving follows the decade long fight to overturn the Virginian laws that prohibit interracial marriage. The most fascinating thing about the film is that the couple at the core did not set out to change the constitution, their goals where much smaller. They simply wanted to live a quiet life together, […]

September 19

TIFF 2016: Colossal

Think all monster movies need to be big budget special effects heavy spectacles? Nacho Vigalondo’s latest film Colossal proves that the key to a good creature feature is not the monster, but the humans behind it. Gloria (Anne Hathaway) lives her life one reckless drunken night after another. Fed up with his girlfriend’s constant lies […]

September 18

TIFF 2016: Manchester by the Sea

Kenneth Lonergan is a master when it comes to intricate character studies. He has an uncanny ability to convey both mundane and awkward moments of life in an emotionally honest way. This is especially true in times when certain conversations desperately need to be had, but the deep-rooted scars are just too great for his […]

September 18

TIFF 2016: Jesús

After his group loses a local talent show, Jesús (Nicolás Durán) and his friends revert to their old standby for comfort: getting drunk, watching narco snuff porn and causing trouble. Stuck in this rut for quite some time, Jesús lacks any real sense of direction. He mismanages his money, routinely lies to his frustrated father […]

September 18

TIFF 2016: The Red Turtle

In his feature film debut, The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge), Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit conjures up a gorgeous story exalting the wondrous complexity of nature and where humans fit in that picture. This dialogue-free film uses the archetypal story of a man surviving on a deserted island, but adds interesting twists to […]

September 17

TIFF 2016: Arrival

Twelve alien ships land around the globe without warning. It is unclear what they want or where they came from. All that is obvious is that they are waiting for something. As countries race to communicate with these extraterrestrial visitors, the U.S. military led by Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) enlist the help of linguistics expert […]

September 17

TIFF 2016: ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail

Thomas Sung owns and operates Abacus Federal Savings Bank in New York’s Chinatown. The bank, with his daughters Jill (President & CEO) and Vera (Director), serves a clientele composed primarily of local small-business owners of Chinese descent, many first-generation Americans or direct immigrants. Hence, Abacus is an important part of this community, as it gives […]

September 17

TIFF 2016: Jean of the Joneses

Do not be fooled by the jazzy New York vibe of Stella Meghie’s multigenerational comedy Jean of the Joneses. While it is reminiscent of the works of Woody Allen and Whit Stillman, Meghie’s film has its own wonderfully distinct voice. The film follows the mishaps of Jean (Taylour Paige), a promising young writer who is […]

September 16

TIFF 2016: Ayiti Mon Amour

Set five years after Haiti was devastated by an earthquake, Guetty Felin’s Ayiti Mon Amour is both a love letter to the country and a reminder that there is still plenty of work to be done to get the land thriving again. Loosely framing the film around three interlocking narratives, Felin’s tells the story of […]

September 15

TIFF 2016: Blair Witch

When Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett announced they were working on a new project many, including yours truly, were giddy with excitement. After all these are the director and writer of You’re Next and The Guest respectively, two of the better genre films to be released in recent years. What no one saw coming though […]

September 14

TIFF 2016: Moonlight

There is a line in the second verse of Boris Gardiner’s 1973 song “Every N***** is a Star,” which opens Barry Jenkins sophomore film Moonlight, that states “I have walked the streets alone, twenty years I’ve been on my own, to be hated and despised…no one to sympathize.” Rarely has an opening song, for which […]

September 14

TIFF 2016: In the Blood

Rasmus Heisterberg is perhaps most well known to date for having written the screenplay for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but this Dane’s putting himself on the map as a writer-director with In the Blood (I Blodet). In the Blood is about a defining time in a young man’s life. It’s summer in Copenhagen […]

September 13

TIFF 2016: A United Kingdom

Amma Asante’s latest film, A United Kingdom, tells the real-life story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), a prince who nearly lost his throne and country simply because he wanted to follow his heart. A member of the royal family in his native Bechuanaland (now known as Botswana), Seretse meets and falls in love with Ruth […]

September 13


If you’re like most people, you don’t think a lot about where your food comes from. Hopefully you think about its nutritional value, and maybe its social/environmental implications (e.g. how much oil was needed to produce it, what kinds of pesticides were required to make it grow beautifully). These are things I teach about, so […]

September 12

TIFF 2016: Twisted

On the night of May 20, 1996 a tornado hit a drive-in theatre in Thorold, Ontario. The moment was notable due to the fact that the summer blockbuster Twister was playing at the time. Or at least that is how the story goes. Depending on who you talk to, some will say the screen ripped […]

September 12

TIFF 2016: The Girl with All the Gifts

Just when it seems that there are no stones left unturned when it comes to zombie related stories, director Colm McCarthy’s latest film finds a way to inject new blood into the genre. Offering a refreshing premise, and set in a dystopian future, The Girl with All the Gifts tells the tale of precocious little […]

September 11

TIFF 2016: Nocturnal Animals

Seven year after wowing critics and audiences with his mesmerizing A Single Man, Tom Ford finally returns with the thrilling drama Nocturnal Animals. Although the fashion designer/filmmaker’s absence from the director’s chair was longer than fans expected, Ford has not lost any of the flare that makes him such a vivid storyteller. Adapting Austin Wright’s […]

September 11

TIFF 2016: The Fixer

Adrian Sitaru’s The Fixer (Fixeur) is a potent journalist procedural set in Romania and detailing the struggle to obtain an interview with young local girl who was forced into prostitution in Paris. After being arrested in Paris with her John, 14-year old Anca (Diana Spatarescu) is extradited back to her hometown. Radu (Tudor Istodor), an […]