Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) – Alejandro G. Inarritu

Micheal Keaton shines in Alejandro Innarritu’s Birdman. He brings a level to his performance that you know is based on personal experience, and delivers an Oscar-nominated virtuoso performance as Riggan Thompson, an actor who walked away from a billion dollar superhero franchise and is now worried about his relevance while being haunted by his past….

Hot Docs 2015: Jesus Town USA – Julian Pinder and Billie Mintz

Screening today at the Isabel Bader theatre at 9:15pm is this documentary that plays more like a feature film in its construction than a documentary, it has that wonderful mockumentary Christopher Guest feel to it. The setting is a small town in Oklahoma, not so very far from the Holy City of the Wichitas, a…

Toronto After Dark – Bounty Killer (2013) – Henry Saine

  Following in the footsteps of the beautifully American gothic We Are What We Are, the opening night gala presentation for the 8th annual Toronto After Dark Film festival would be difficult for any film. So the programmers went in a completely different direction for the second feature of the night. Using the Kickstarter campaign…

Toronto After Dark 2013

  Tonight, one of my favorite film festivals gets underway, Toronto After Dark, a heady combination of horror, sci-fi and cult filmss. People I’ve spoken to want to know what movies I’m most eager to see at this year’s festival, so I thought I would share them with you. It struck me as interesting last year,…