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Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival Starts Today

The 14th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival starts today and runs through November 15th. The festival is Canada’s premier pan-Asian film festival, showcasing the best in Asian and Asian-Canadian cinema. Reel Asian also hosts a number of industry panels, as well as events for film fans.

Sitges 2010
Secuestrados Review

Shot in just under 10 very long takes, Vivas’ Secuestrados tells the story of a wealthy family who, having just moved into their new home, are held hostage and robbed by three masked men. No harm seems intended for the victims, until one of the thieves’ psychotic personality starts to show itself, and the father of the family attempts to get help. Then all hell breaks loose.

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2010

The 14th annual Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival is Canada's premier pan-Asian international film festival, fostering the exchange of cultural and artistic ideals between east and west. It provides a public forum for homegrown Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.

Dork Shelf and GamerCamp Present JOY STICK HEROES: THE WIZARD & THE LAST STARFIGHTER DOUBLE BILL

One night only! On Nov. 14th, enjoy two nostalgic time capsules of early gaming culture. First, get ready to point out the impossibility of getting 50,000 points in Double Dragon in only a few minutes during the 1989 Fred Savage vehicle (and Super Mario Bros. 3 commercial) The Wizard, and then stick around to see an early foray in to …CG animation in the cult classic The Last Starfighter – a film that finally vindicates the educational value of video games.

FILM SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL presents Brian DePalma’s BLOW OUT

FILM SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL Presents a 35mm presentation of Brian DePalma’s BLOW OUT Wednesday, November 25th, 9:30pm The Bloor Cinema …Taking his cues from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, American filmmaker Brian DePalma has proven himself one of the major cinematic stylists of all time. His work is signature: fluid camera movements, sensational subject matter, […]

Sitges 2010
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Review

Our North American, contemporary version of Santa Claus apparently comes from Coca-Cola; the red suit trimmers with white, the beard, the jolly laughing belly. Santa Claus or some version of him has been around for several centuries, of course, but our modern age has skewed the origins quite a lot. In this tale of the man, director and writer Helander conceives not of a jolly person who brings presents to little children, but of a demon buried deep under a mountain, a demon that eats children. And it will take a child to stop him.

Free Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Screening

On Friday, November 5th at 7:00 PM the Bloor Cinema presents a FREE fan screening of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World to be followed by a Q&A with director Edgar Wright, creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and actress Ellen Wong, with special guest moderator Don McKellar. Also, as a special treat for the hardcore Pilgrim fans we’ll be screening the ‘Making of’ documentary featured on the Blu-Ray/DVD.

Sitges 2010
La Casa Muda Review

La Casa Muda has become fairly well known on the fantastic festival circuit mainly for its modus operandi: it was shot in one long take. And deservedly so: this technique, which frequently incorporates first person perspective, creates one of the most terrifying atmospheres in any horror film I’ve watched.

Sitges 2010
Fase 7 Review

A gem of a comedy from Argentina, Fase 7 tries to find the lighter side of disease outbreak. Sounds like a contradiction, but writer and director Nicolás Goldbart focuses on the residents of a small apartment building in order to examine the (humourous) human condition during trying times.

Sitges 2010
Agnosia Review

Eugenio Mira’s second feature is a strange but rare and beautiful bird. A blend of espionage thriller, gothic romance, and fantasy, the title refers to a neurological disorder in which the brain cannot properly interpret visual and aural stimuli, and thereby cannot tell faces and voices apart.

Interview
Terra Hazelton
& Andy Sparacino of Fubar 2

We had a chance to chat with Terra Hazelton and Andy Sparacino, two of the stars of Fubar 2. Hazelton plays Trish, a strip club waitress with a heart of gold and Terry's love interest. Those familiar with the first Fubar film will know Sparacino — who played Terry and Dean's old friend and "party leader" Tron — a role that he reprises in the sequel. We talk Fubar 2, music, LARPing and World of Warcraft, and even have enough time to shotgun a few beers.

TIFF 2010
Fubar II Review

As much as I always loved the first Fubar movie, I was very skeptical when I found out they were premiering the sequel at this year’s festival. To mix metaphors, I thought they were returning to the well to milk a dead cow. Fortunately there was enough water left in the well to keep the cow alive and ready to be milked for our viewing pleasure once again!

TIFF 2010
The Butcher, the Chef
& the Swordsman

Director Wuershan’s feature debut, The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman is pretty much the epitome of a Midnight Madness film. A combination of period film, slapstick comedy, food film, love story, martial arts film and revenge thriller, with objects, images, and a contemporary soundtrack constantly being thrown at the audience, this is a film that should not work, but somehow it does.

TIFF 2010
Detective Dee Review

In a strange alternative past set during China’s Tang Dynasty, a woman is about to ascend to the Emperor’s throne. She has ordered that a great Buddha statue be built in her likeness, and it must be ready for her coronation. But on a tour for a visiting dignitary, a high-ranking official mysteriously burns from the inside out. The soon-to-be-empress, Wu Zetian, tells her most trusted warrior, the beautiful lady Shangguan Jing’er, to bring back Detective Dee, who has been jailed by Wu for daring to oppose her, to solve the mystery.