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Daily Archives: July 6, 2017

Panique: French Crime Classics

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Judex is an early progenitor for the likes of David Lynch and Eyes Wide Shut

If you like thrillers, genre-bending capers, femmes fatales and shady figures wrapped up in criminal exploits where no one comes out on top, chances are you’re a film noir fan through and through. Maybe you’ve seen Chinatown ten times, and you think you’ve got the plot of The Maltese Falcon figured out. Maybe you have. But a jaded noir aficionado could do a lot worse than to check out some of the gritty gems in TIFF’s upcoming program Panique: French Crime Classics. It’s one dark amuse-bouche after another, a feast of chilling misanthropy and malice for the summer. “Cinematic A/C, Gallic style,” quips James Quandt, Senior Programmer, and he’s not wrong. These flicks get in your bones.

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Creations of Chaos: The Pocket Man & Snack Attack

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When Fathom Events and GKids announced that they were teaming up to host a Studio Ghibli Fest, I was thrilled. The fest would include six animated features from the Studio Ghibli collection. The films would appear on the big screen, one per month, for six months, starting in June. What I missed when reading up on Studio Ghibli Fest, was that the event would also include a mini animated shorts fest. GKids would select some of the best animated shorts from around the world to show after each Ghibli feature. You can imagine my excitement as I bounced to the last few notes of My Neighbor Totoro’s ending credits song, and then suddenly, a new piece of dazzling animation popped up on the screen, followed by another. In this edition of Creations of Chaos, we look at The Pocket Man and Snack Attack.

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