TIFF 2014: Interview with Day 40’s Sol Friedman

So Darren Aronofsky’s Noah with Russell Crowe was a huge hit, grossing over $350 million so far this year. Seems like people respond to the story of God pressing the reset … Continue reading TIFF 2014: Interview with Day 40’s Sol Friedman

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Somber on the High Seas: Haemoo Sinks Under Its Own Weight

Genre-bending is a real Korean specialty. From the family drama monster movie hybrid of Bong Joon-Ho’s The Host to the madcap martial arts western of Kim Jee-Woon’s The Good, The Bad, … Continue reading Somber on the High Seas: Haemoo Sinks Under Its Own Weight

TIFF 2014: Interview with Entangled’s Tony Elliott

Who hasn’t fantasized about living a different life, bifurcated, one where you could make a whole new set of choices and see where they lead? But still live your own life, … Continue reading TIFF 2014: Interview with Entangled’s Tony Elliott

Got That Swing: Bang Bang Baby and Songs She Wrote About People She Knows

Finding new talent is a thrill, that delectable shock when you hit on something that speeds your pulse and your synapses and says, “Hey, bet you’ve never seen it done quite … Continue reading Got That Swing: Bang Bang Baby and Songs She Wrote About People She Knows

TIFF 2014: Interview with Indigo’s Amanda Strong

In my continuing series on the Short Cuts Canada Programmes, today we look at one of the most visually striking films in the series, Amanda Strong’s Indigo. Filmed entirely in stop-motion, … Continue reading TIFF 2014: Interview with Indigo’s Amanda Strong

It Follows: Heartfelt Horror Mines the Past for Something New

Passing on the curse is a time-honoured horror tradition. Through an innocent act, the victim unwittingly brings a malevolent force down on themselves. The only chance for salvation is to … Continue reading It Follows: Heartfelt Horror Mines the Past for Something New

TIFF 2014: Interview with Sleeping Giant’s Andrew Cividino

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 … Continue reading TIFF 2014: Interview with Sleeping Giant’s Andrew Cividino

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 … Continue reading Our Man Bill: Celebrate Bill Murray Day With TIFF

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

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

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

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