Fringe Toronto: The McComedy Show

I knew I’d made a good choice in seeing Shannon McDonough’s The McComedy Show when I sat down and the pre-show music was composed entirely of old TV theme songs! Ahhh, they just don’t make ’em like that anymore! I had no idea what to expect from the show itself, as I’d done no prior…

Fringe Toronto: OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Darryl

  Much to my shame, I’ve never attended a show at Toronto’s Fringe Festival – until now! Tim applied and acquired media passes for us, so even though I am working full time this week, I’m still trying to get to a show every night I still have available, and have already made a mental…

Berkshire County (2014) – Audrey Cummings

  Opening theatrically today in Toronto (The Carlton), Ottawa (Landmark Kanata) and Whitby (Landmark Cinemas 24 Whitby) with more to follow in the coming weeks is this horror thriller that wowed them on the festival circuit and took home Best Feature from LA’s Shriekfest. Taking its cues from the John Carpenter classic Halloween, as well as films like…

Like the Wind (2013) – Marco S. Puccioni

Having its Canadian Premiere screening this evening at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, is this drama featuring a strong performance by Valeria Golino as Armida Misere, and of Italy’s first female prison governors. Told through a series of flashbacks, the film starts with a tragedy, and shows how it impacts the rest of Misere’s life,…

In Fear (2013) – Jeremy Lovering

Anchor Bay got the distribution rights to one of the few films I missed at Toronto After Dark last year, so I was very glad they were willing to send me a copy to have a look at. I enjoyed the experience, but can only imagine that it played very well at TAD and as…

Tim’s Thirteen of 2013

So ends 2013, just like that! What a year! We have continued to grow and do so much here at The Mind Reels, and we’re hoping for an even bigger year next year! So I decided to throw together a list of the movies I most enjoyed this year, the ones that got to me,…

ReelWorld: La Playa D.C. – Juan Andres Arango

  Tomas (Luis Carlos Guevara) and his troubled younger brother, Jairo (Andres Murillo), live with their mother (along with her current partner and their baby) in the sprawling city of Bogota, Colombia. Despite losing their father in the small but violent, drug and war-torn village of Buenaventura on the country’s Pacific coast, neither boy has…

The Betrayal – Karen Winther, UK/Norway

  This film documents the memories and present interactions of the director as she takes a hard look at her own actions and motivations from when she was a teenager. Now a grown young woman, Karen is still haunted by vague recollections of things she did and said when she was a teen and ,…