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 Vanguard section of the fest. Three – I couldn’t really find out much detail about it, which meant that it was likely to surprise…

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 possibly loneliness as he gets further into the country, to a more remote area where his crazy hair, skinny jeans and leather jacket seem…

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 gerontophilia fetish – certainly not from such an intimate and beautiful standpoint, at any rate. As director Bruce La Bruce stated during the Q&A…

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 as much fun as the film itself. With Stephen Frear’s Philomena, however, I was determined to get to any screening at all, just to…

TIFF – The Dick Knost Show (2013) – Bruce Sweeney

  Bruce Sweeney`s latest character piece, you`ll recall I highly enjoyed The Crimes of Mike Recket, is a look at the world of sports radio, specifically the acid-tongued, quick-witted, numbers-driven Dick Knost (a hilarious turn by Thomas Scholte). He is controversial, and after he sends a number of inflammatory tweets, his network higher-ups finally have the…

TIFF – Short Cuts Canada Programme 6

  Today brings us the last day of the short programs for TIFF 2013 here in Toronto, you can catch them screening at 7:00pm this evening or 12:15 tomorrow at the Lightbox. Like the five preceding programs this one if filled with gems and jewels, and one in particular I thought was brilliant! Cory Bowles’…

TIFF – Short Cuts Canada Programme 5

  Screening at 9:15pm today and at 2:30pm tomorrow at the Lightbox here in Toronto is the next selection of Short Cuts Canada to be featured at TIFF 2013. Impromptu from Bruce Alcock is a delightful animated short that features a man wanting to spend some time with his sweetie, Sylvie, because he really wants…

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 friends, meet everyone in line, and have a blast at whichever movie we saw. But things started to fall apart after a few years, and…

TIFF – Short Cuts Canada Programme 4

  The amazing Shorts programme for TIFF 2013 keeps coming with this installment screening today at 6:30pm and tomorrow at 1:45pm at the Lightbox. This bunch is fun and eclectic, featuring some great performances, fun stories, and beautiful imagery. Paradise Falls, directed by Fantavious Fritz is a haunting and beautiful coming of age tale that follows…

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 duties. I’ve come to hold Colin’s opinion in high esteem, particularly where the weird and wacky of the fest come into play, so it’s…

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 when I found out he was setting his feature directorial debut in the competitive world of the national spelling bee (I was Area 4…

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 second effort. The film opens with TIFF 2013 Rising Star Cara Gee as Lena, the young, single mother of a teenaged girl, who works…