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 Gold, a former child star, with a drinking problem, a rent problem, an employment problem, and a little denial about his sexuality. With no real…

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 (TIFF) Midnight Madness, I was a little unsure about this one, but thought I’d give it a shot. I was happily surprised. What could have…

Here Comes The Devil (2012) – Adrian Garcia Bogliano

  Opening today in Toronto at The Royal Cinema and on the 21st at the Mayfair Theater in Ottawa is this unnerving  Spanish film, and TIFF Official Selection, Here Comes The Devil,  that isn’t afraid to explore some dark territory. On a brief getaway, Sol (Laura Caro) and her husband, Felix (Francisco Barriero), let their…

Da Vinci’s Demons Season 1 – Blu-Ray

  Anchor Bay Canada was kind enough to send me a copy of the first season of Da Vinci’s Demons, which was released on September 3. I was a little behind, even with our peripheral coverage of TIFF. But no sooner did I start this series when I was completely hooked. From David S. Goyer,…

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 – 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- Short Cuts Canada Programme 3

  Screening today at the Lightbox at 10pm and tomorrow at 2:45pm is the next installment of Shorts for this year’s TIFF. The first two programmes have been filled with delightful surprises and some wonderful pieces and this collection is no different featuring a variety of pieces that are stunningly beautiful to watch. We Wanted…

TIFF 2013 – CinemaNovels – Terry Miles

  It’s possible – even likely – that I am kind of biased towards Lauren Lee Smith in general. I mean, she’s funny, sweet, smart, talented and fairly gorgeous (if you’re into that breathtaking sort of thing), and since Tim and I now count her as almost a friend, it’s only natural that I would…

TIFF 2013 – Hateship Loveship – Liza Johnson

I knew almost nothing about this film going into it – just that it had a wonderful cast and was based on a short story by Alice Munro, which I’ve yet to read. As such, it was nearly impossible for me to predict anything that was going to happen, and before long, I found myself…

TIFF – Short Cuts Canada Programme 1

  TIFF is under way, and screening today and tomorrow at the Lightbox is the first full programme of shorts. This collection features some amazing visuals and camera work, some odd stories, and a dazzling compilation of talent. Comprised of 6 titles, there’s a little bit of everything in this collection, and I was quite taken…