TIFF Review: Meek’s Cutoff

      The western art film that is Meek’s Cutoff is a curious concoction, introducing the minimalist sensibilities of Kelly Reichardt’s previous films, Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, to a canvas wider in scope and historical import. It’s 1845 and Stephen Meek is a for-hire guide leading a handful of immigrant families across the Oregon Trail in...

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TIFF Review: Another Year

      Another Year, Another Mike Leigh film, another masterpiece. Early word out of Cannes was strong and Mike Leigh has been a consistent favorite of mine, but even with these built-in expectations the sustained emotional punch of Another Year was unlike anything I was prepared to experience. Not since Naked has Leigh so perfectly devastated me...

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TIFF Review: Blue Valentine

      [Now Playing at a Theater near you!] Quite by accident I had the opportunity to watch back-to-back films at the festival ruminating on the destructive force of love, ignited first in Tracy Wright’s haunting monologue in Trigger, and then extrapolated in fine detail through the anatomy of a divorce that is Blue Valentine.  Director Derek...

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TIFF Review: Inside Job

      [Now Playing (at least in Toronto). Go see it!] A more apt title for Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job would be: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Financial Crisis but Were Afraid to Ask. More so than the heist movie the title suggests, this definitive documentary on the origin, impact and repercussions of the global financial meltdown of...

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Row Three Presents: MASSIVE TIFF10 SUMMARY

  Between written coverage and Mamo! on the Street podcasting, we hope you have enjoyed the extensive coverage Row Three brought your way during the 11 day madness of this years edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, or as pretty much everyone attending calls it, TIFF10. We have Mike Rot, Bob, Kurt and both Matts (B. and P.) together for our...

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Review: Film Socialism

Director: Jean-Luc Godard Writer: Jean-Luc Godard Producer: Ruth Waldburger Starring: Catherine Tanvier, Christian Sinniger, Jean-Marc Stehlé, Patti Smith, Alain Badiou Year: 2010 Running time: 102 min. Quite fittingly, Jean-Luc Godard’s already-notorious Film Socialism was the last film I saw at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Having read...

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TIFF Winner, “The King’s Speech” Gets a Fancy Trailer

Until about five minutes ago, all I knew about The King’s Speech was that it won the people’s choice award at The Toronto International Film Festival this year and it stars Mr. Colin Firth completely kicking ass (per usual). Now with this trailer being released I see that Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Timothy Spall, Guy Pearce and Michael...

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Extended Thoughts: Another Year

    Mike Leigh’s tenth Feature film, assembled in the usual fashion of character and screenwriting collaboration with his actors, is very much his typical take on the various work-a-day folk in Britain. But then again, glancing at his C.V. you will see that his films which consist of mainly people talking and talking and talking have won pretty...

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TIFF Review: Monsters

    There are monsters amoung us – figuratively and literally – in the simple yet aptly titled not-quite-creature-feature, Monsters. Sometime in the near future a wee spot of primordial alien matter got all tangled up with a returning man-made space probe. After about 6 years the effects of the tag-along DNA have resulted in some rather...

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TIFF Review: Confessions

    A lot of people are going to have problems with Japan’s submission to the 2011 Foreign Film Oscar race. I know I do. There are levels of cynicism, cruelty and exploitation that run very deep. And yet, if I’m being totally honest with myself, the film grabbed my attention from the start and kept my level of engagement in it as it went...

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