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Kurt Halfyard
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Great to hear the HATTER on the show!

Some comments on the show:

I saw EASTERN PROMISES, WHALE RIDER, ZATOICHI, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, and AMERICAN BEAUTY at past festivals during the festival. I remember the crowd really going nuts for Zatoichi and Crouching Tiger at the public screenings.

Was very happy with STAKE LAND, regardless of awards conspiracies. Agreed that both Mulberry St. is great, and that Stake Land is a 'quantum-leap' forward – imagine if he goes the same distance with his 3rd feature! oi! We should have an entire mega-podcast on RARE EXPORTS, I think there are a lot talk about with that film and its strengths and weaknesses. Julia's Eyes was very workmanlike, but yea, likeable and gorgeous.

Balada Triste must have been a mega-way to cap off the festival. As it stands, my last film was THE HOUSEMAID, and right on the final frame, the film actually MELTED in the projector. A good way to close out the festival.

Kurt Halfyard
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For the record, WOMB was in my top 5 films of TIFFs. A very, very smart film about an unhinged crazy person.

Bob Turnbull
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Canadian film – anyone see "Crying Out"? Pretty fabulous, if perhaps a bit overwrought. Looked amazing, great acting and a nice take on a road movie.

Womb – Have to agree with Matt B on "Womb". That first act is terrific and I love the colour palette and framing of it. It really gave me decreasing returns after that, though, and Matt Smith didn't really work in that role. Some good ideas they dance around, but didn't think they did much with them.

Blame – I really liked this one Matt P, so I guess you'll have to sit me down at some point and explain to me why I shouldn't…B-) I agree with you about the main character, but for me that didn't effect the slow build of tension, the timely reveals of information and the break down in communication between them all. A very fine first feature film.

Rare Exports – I really wish I could agree with you both here since there was a lot to like in this one, but it never got over the hump to really have enough fun with the concept or take it further than they did. That kid was terrific though and if they make a follow-on to it, I'll see it.

Julia's Eyes – Matt B hit this spot on. The crowd laughed in several spots when a character would say, "Wait here while I check the basement" (or something to that affect) and I started to think that the movie was indeed aware of itself and its conventions. Far better use of shadows and light than "Vanishing On 7th Street". It caught me at the right time and I quite enjoyed it.

Echoing Kurt, it was great hearing Hatter. Guess I need to look for a new MatineeCast with MAMO.

Kurt
Guest

I saw 3 Canadian films, TRIGGER was pretty much a perfect film. YOU ARE HERE was the most joyous avant garde films I've ever caught at the festival. THE REPEATERS was a travesty of mediocrity and lameness.

rot
Guest

Bruce McDonald is 2 for 2 this year, loved Trigger and This Movie is Broken.

Kurt Halfyard
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"The story isn’t amazing and it suffers by every single Canadian limitation in the rulebook, but I’ve seen much, much worse." I cannot refute this statement, it is probably the best possible description to my reaction of the film. So we sort of agree here. To much earnestness and not enough talent simply sink this picture.

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