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…

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 me….

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 woefully…

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 after…

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 make…

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 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 no…

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 champion…

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 long…

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 head…

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…