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TIFF 2010
SUPER Review

There have been a number of films made in recent years that are use the concept of average people becoming costumed vigilantes. From last year’s ambitious Watchmen adaptation, to the Canadian indie flick Defendor, and more recently the big screen version of Mark Millar’s ultraviolent Kick-Ass, normal people putting on tights and bashing criminals in […]

TIFF 2010
Windfall Review

Windfall is filmmaker Laura Israel’s look at how a small Upstate New York town is nearly torn apart over a proposed wind farm development. The film is not an exposé on the wind power industry, but rather an examination of the effects wind farms can have on small, desperate communities The community of Meredith, NY […]

TIFF 2010
Inside Job Review

The causes of the current global economic crisis are incredibly confusing to anyone without advanced degrees in economics or intimate knowledge of business and finance (and even to those with expertise.) It is little surprise, then, that the crisis continues to persist as so few have the expertise to question those responsible for it — […]

TIFF 2010
Balada Triste Review

In the immediate Post-Franco era, Spanish film set out to explore and perhaps heal the trauma of the near-half century of fascist rule. In the 1990s, though, a new crop of filmmakers began to move away from social realism and explore the contemporary Spanish character, in particular through the fantastic genres (horror, sci-fi and fantasy.) […]

The Social Network Review

The Social Network is a movie that shouldn’t work. It’s a story about a socially challenged, bitterly abrasive geek and how he created a high-traffic website. Hardly the stuff of Oscars or summer blockbusters. Thing is, in spite of this, the movie plays out just like the typical Facebook experience – hard to see what all the hype is about from the outside, quickly captivating at first, then totally engrossing from within.

Noah’s TIFF 2010 picks

Since the 30 films already picked by Will and Shelagh only represent about 10% of what’s shaping up to be another great program at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, it wasn’t hard for me to find 10 more that I think are worth checking out. The lineups have been crazy and of course advance […]

Hobo with a Shotgun
Unrated Trailer

With the recent success of Machete it should come as no surprise that other Grindhouse spin-offs would be in development. One such spin-off, Hobo with a Shotgun, was also featured as a trailer in the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino mashup; though it only appeared on Canadian prints of the film. Thanks to the popularity of the […]

Shelagh’s TIFF 2010 Picks

A lot of the films Will picked, I picked as well, so here’s a selection of the others that I am quite excited about. These lists should provide a good starting point, but be sure to read the full TIFF 2010 schedule. Strange Case of Angelica Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal/Spain/France/Brazil A photographer falls in the […]

Will’s TIFF 2010 Picks

With the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival just under a week away, I figured that now would be as good time as any to write up a list of films that I think are worth checking out this year. The 2010 edition of the fest has some truly wonderful offerings from around the world. You […]

Fan Expo 2010
Interview with Ernest Borgnine

We were lucky enough to catch up with legendary actor Ernest Borgnine at Fan Expo last weekend. The 93 year old Borgnine has had an amazing career spanning nearly six decades, on television in McHale’s Navy, Airwolf, The Simpsons, SpongeBob SquarePants and on film in Marty (for which he won an Oscar), Bad Day at […]

Machete Review

Move over Stallone, there’s an even older, buffer action star on-screen this summer, and this one’s connected enough to get Steven Seagal in his movie. At 66, Danny Trejo has two years on Sly and has appeared in almost four times as many films. Despite having one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, this […]

TADFF 2010
Festival Awards Announced

The fifth annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival wrapped up another successful run at the Bloor Cinema this past weekend. The fest featured the Canadian and world premieres of some of the craziest, funniest, most insane and gory films of the year. Yesterday, the festival announced the award winners from this year’s lineup; some 4300 […]

TADFF 2010
The Last Exorcism Review

Classics do a lot of good, but that good is typically exhausted in one fell swoop. Plus that bit of good is usually exclusive to the classic itself. This reigns especially true in horror, where one good thing leads to endless, terrible others. The Exorcist is regarded as one of the most effective and poignant […]

TADFF 2010
Heartless Review

British artist Philip Ridley has only directed three feature films in his career. I must confess that I am not familiar with his first two films, The Reflecting Skin and The Passion of Darkly Noon, but everyone I’ve talked to says they are strange and disturbing experiences. With that in mind, I went into Ridley’s […]

TADFF 2010
Rubber Review

I was ecstatic when I found out a year ago that Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr. Oizo) was going to be making a film. His history as an electro artist and music video director from an era of bar none the greatest music videos, which at the time had stations to play on, opened up a […]