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TIFF 2014: Interview with Sleeping Giant’s Andrew Cividino

Andrew Cividino’s short film Sleeping Giant perfectly captures the uneasiness of growing up

Sometimes a short film is its own thing. Sometimes it’s a calling card, a director’s notice that this great story could be even more as a feature. The Short Cuts Canada programmes at TIFF give lots of opportunity to check out cool films from up-and-coming directors. Andrew Cividino is one of them. A graduate of the Ryerson University film program in Toronto, he’s made four short films. Sleeping Giant is his first at the festival, and the short is already being made into a feature. Following a boy Adam and his misadventures with a pair of local boys on Lake Superior, their dynamic changes with the arrival of pretty young Taylor. The film captures the competitiveness of kids and the uneasiness of those awkward tween years. Catch the trailer and my interview with director Cividino after the jump.

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Our Man Bill: Celebrate Bill Murray Day With TIFF

This is going to be an annual thing, right? As the Toronto International Film Festival gets up to full steam, they’ve declared that today, Friday, September 5th, is Bill Murray Day. Aside from the fact that really every day should be Bill Murray Day (and get this, if you’re Bill Murray, every day actually is!), it’s about time that there was an international day recognizing all things Murray. So for relaxing times, join me after the jump. It’s Bill Murray time!

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The Art of the Small: TIFF’s Shorts Cuts Canada

Matthew Rankin’s Mynarski Death Plummet is just one of the visually arresting films in the Shorts Cuts Canada programme

Everyone loves a big canvas. Directors can hardly resist getting all that vision up there on screen, going crazy Coppola-style waxing operatic and napalming the jungle for their personal Apocalypse Now. Lately, the push for longer movies is back, with blockbusters like Captain America: The Winter SoldierDawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, and X-Men: Days of Future Past all clocking in over two hours long. Transformers: Age of Extinction is 165 minutes, fer chrissakes! But there’s another way. For the intrepid, those just starting out in film, and the craftspeople dedicated to the art of the small, short films are where it’s at. Over the next few days I’ll be posting interviews with a few of the many filmmakers in the Short Cuts Canada programme. Just like their lengthier siblings, these movies go anywhere, from comedy to horror, from surreal animation to the mundane grit of real life. So here’s to the miniaturists. Let’s get small after the jump.

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Here Comes the Flood: TIFF 2014 Unleashes a Torrent of Cinema

South Korean high seas survival story Haemoo is one of hundreds of TIFF films from all over

Well it’s here. And it’s big. Massive in fact. There’s over 300 films at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, TIFF’s 39th kick at the burgeoning cinematic can. Hollywood might be staggering like a drunk at the end of a very long bender, but there’s a world of vibrant movies out there. And for the next eleven days, they’re all here in Toronto. I’ll be looking at a handful, a bagatelle, a mere soupçon, but to kick things off, have a trailer or two, and get ready to celebrate BM Day.

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Scene Stealers: Summer Movies 2014

Gamora & Star Lord“I am going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.” – Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy

Isn’t that what summer movies are all about? Checking our intelligence in at the theater door and joining other fellow “idiots” as we watch mind-numbing, big-budget flicks with minimal plot lines and questionable acting? I admit, the term ‘idiots’ might be a bit harsh here, but after watching “The Legend of Hercules” with my friends, I definitely felt like an idiot for having gone (though we did get plenty of laughs from the experience so it ended up being worth it).

Here’s my Top 5 Scene Stealers from 2014’s Summer Movie Extravaganza:


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Guardians and Turtles Rule Again: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report


While editor-in-chief Andy Burns is partying at the FAN EXPO Canada and talking “Twin Peaks” with the stars of the show, this is Glenn Walker filling in with the weekend box office report here at Biff Bam Pop!. Did The November Man triumph over the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Find out after the jump!

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FAN EXPO Canada 2014: An Event Agenda

Fan Expo Canada logoRejoice! FAN EXPO Canada is back, T-Dot (resident and visiting) peeps!

What’s “T-Dot”, you ask? Well, that’s just me shouting out the glorious city of Toronto with my best urban inflection. FAN EXPO Canada, of course, is the third largest pop culture event in North America, a worthy happening for any lover of comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime or gaming.

Now entering its 20th year (you’re all grown up!), and boasting over 1000 exhibitors over 750,000 square feet comprised of both the north and south buildings that make up the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, FAN EXPO Canada expects to host well over 100.000 fans.

If you plan to be one of them over the next four days, follow me after the jump for a highlight list of some exciting events on a schedule brimming full of exciting events!

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Doubling Down 2: More of TIFF’s Best Sequels

A few weeks back I took a look at a great sequels program TIFF is running in Toronto: Second Coming: Cinema’s Greatest Sequels. And sure enough, like a Hollywood mogul counting box office receipts with a wicked glint in his eye, that Pavlovian response kicks in. More! There must be more sequels, with more guns, and more villains. And Megan Fox! No, not Megan Fox. Leave her out of this. Forever maybe. But give us another hit of those truly awesome sequels, back to the well, one more sweet, sweet time…

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