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Guidance (2014) – Pat Mills

Having its premiere at TIFF today, is this delightful Canadian film that definitely enjoys itself. Pat Mills is a triple threat in the film, writing, directing and starring as David … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

All Cheerleaders Die (2013) – Lucy McKee & Chris Silverston

Hitting DVD and Blu-Ray today is this entertaining romp that is bound to become a cult classic, All Cheerleaders Die. The opening night feature for the Toronto International Film Festival’s … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

TIFF 2013: Proxy – Zack Parker

I chose Proxy to be the final film in my festival for a few reasons. One – it looked pretty dark. Two – Colin Geddes had programmed it for the … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

TIFF 2013: Tom At the Farm (Tom a la ferme) – Xavier Dolan

The film opens with an upset Tom (Xavier Dolan) driving somewhere.  He appears to be getting further and further from civilzation, and expresses what seems to be anger, sadness and … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

TIFF 2013: Gerontophilia – Bruce La Bruce

I wanted to see this one primarily because the lovely and talented Katie Boland is in it, and additionally because there really aren’t many films out there which examine the … Continue reading

September 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

TIFF 2013 – Philomena – Stephen Frears

Usually, I try to get to the first screenings of films at TIFF. The Q&A’s and the experience of watching a movie with the people who made it is often … Continue reading

September 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

TIFF 2013: Oculus – Mike Flanagan

Ever since I first discovered the awesomeness of TIFF (1998 or so?), the Midnight Madness program has kind of always been my thing. I used to set up ticket-buying with … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

TIFF 2013: The Sacrament – Ti West

I don’t think I’ve mentioned before how happy I am to see Colin Geddes programming the Vanguard films at TIFF now, too, in addition to his regular Midnight Madness crazy … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

TIFF 2013: Bad Words – Jason Bateman

I adore Jason Bateman. I think his wicked and often irreverent sense of humour is amazingly similar to my own, and his talent on screen really knows no bounds. So … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

TIFF 2013: Empire of Dirt – Peter Stebbings

Empire of Dirt is the latest offering from actor-turned-director Peter Stebbings, and while I haven’t yet seen his first film (Defendor), I was definitely looking forward to delving into this … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

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