MSPIFF 2014 Review: Intruders

    Director: Young-Seok Noh Writer: Young-Seok Noh Producer: Sun-hee Choi Starring: Suk-ho Jun, Tae-kyung Oh MPAA Rating: NR Running time: 99 min. Country of Origin: South Korea Intruders screens tonight, April 10th at 9:50pm [tickets]       If you can generalize about a single country’s cinema, I think the safest statement you...

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Hot Docs 2014 Preview

So how do you go about choosing what you want to see at a film festival like Hot Docs (running from April 24th to May 4th in Toronto)? With a roster of 197 films from 43 different countries and a reputation for superb programming, you could probably randomly select 20 films and be exceedingly happy with the results. Or you could just let the staff do it for you...

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Review: Cheap Thrills

A near perfect title (targeting viewers as well as certain characters within the film) for a near perfect exercise in escalation, Cheap Thrills follows two desperate souls as they dive deeper into a game of cruel one-upmanship (for cash and prizes!) There can only be one possible direction for the game to finally take and the film steps you there in believable...

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Finite Focus: A little bit of seduction in Children Of Paradise

. In a beautiful poetic film of many diverse and wonderful characters, my favourite moment comes down to pure carnal desire. It’s a simple look and casual statement made by a sleepy-eyed woman to a man. Contrary to what he may think as she stands near a bed, she’s not tired in the least. Her gaze is direct and her smile is anything but coy.  ...

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Finite Focus: The Pool Party in Boogie Nights

. Whether you want to call it homage or straight up borrowing, P.T. Anderson’s great Boogie Nights certainly shows off its influences. Altman and Scorsese figure prominently, but another inspiration is Mikhail Kalatozov and his film I Am Cuba (which also happens to be a big Scorsese favourite too). Aside from being drop-dead gorgeous and a remarkably...

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