Fantasia Review: The Search For Weng Weng

Fantasia Review:  The Search For Weng Weng

The documentary on 2 foot 9 Filipino action star, Weng Weng, is a fascinating exploration of the cinema of Manila in the 1970s and 1980s, from trash expert and scholar Andrew Leavold. The documentary also has a streak of empathy and melancholy.

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Fantasia Review: The Midnight Swim

Fantasia Review:  The Midnight Swim

This years Magic Magic, an anxious psychodrama which has a woman filming her dysfunctional family as she and her sisters deal with the drowning of their mother in the lake and what they are going to do with the family cottage now that Mom is gone.

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Fantasia Review: Predestination

Fantasia Review:  Predestination

What came first, the chicken or the egg? The Spierig Brothers are back with a few time travel paradoxes for you (and Ethan Hawke) to untangle.

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Friday One Sheet: Chiaroscuro

Friday One Sheet:  Chiaroscuro

Currently in the Fantasia Film Development Marketplace, George Kane’s BLACK HORIZON has some eye catching key art.

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Mamo #363: No More TIFF

Mamo #363: No More TIFF

In which the gentlemen of Mamo arrive at the corpse of the straw-broken camel that is TIFF’s most recent pricing upgrade, and wonder if enough is finally enough.

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2014 TCM Film Festival: Hat Check Girl (1932)

2014 TCM Film Festival: Hat Check Girl (1932)

Despite the brief running time, this film probably has more innuendo and off-color remarks than 90% of the Pre-Codes.

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2014 Cannes Winners

Jury president, Jane Campion, admitted that she was a “little afraid” to watch Ceylan’s film. “I was thinking, oh my god, I’m going to need to take a toilet break, but I sat down, and the film had such a beautiful rhythm and it took me in. I could have stayed there for another couple hours. It was masterful.” She added...

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2014 TCM Film Festival: The Stranger’s Return (1933)

The tightest scheduling block I attempted was between How Green Was My Valley (see here) and this film, and I was extremely lucky to get in – I was, in fact, the LAST person into a very full theatre. I felt kind of bad (and still do, since I know several people who tried the same schedule and didn’t make it in), because this was initially a filler...

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Hot Docs 2014: Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer Talk About Food Waste and Just Eat It

Halfway through Hot Docs 2014, I had the great pleasure to sit down with filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer to discuss their call to arms Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. Number fourteen of the top twenty audience favourites this year, and winner of the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award, it’s an eye-opening demonstration of just how much we’re...

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Hot Docs 2014: A Chat With Kris Kaczor and David Regos of Divide in Concord

It was a sunny afternoon, and the temperature was finally starting to inch upwards of ten degrees when I met Kris Kaczor and David Regos. Director and Producer respectively of Hot Docs 2014 feature Divide in Concord, they met me at TIFF Bell Lightbox for a quick chat before the second screening of their film. Taken with the distinct Twin Peaks vibe of the LUMA...

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