Review: The Raid: Redemption

This review initially appeared as part of our Toronto International Film Festival coverage and is based on the original version of The Raid that was shown during the TIFF Midnight Madness program. Though there are several changes to the film for its U.S. release (musical score, the odd appendage to its title and some “tweaking”), the film remains a...

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Review: Cafe De Flore

With Jean-Marc Vallee’s latest film Cafe De Flore starting a wider release today (in Toronto followed by Ottawa and Vancouver in the coming weeks), we’re re-publishing our review from this year’s TIFF.   I was somewhat shaken walking out of Jean-Marc Vallee’s latest film and needed to actually catch my breath off to the side of the...

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TIFF & AFI Fest 2011 Review: Oslo, August 31st

Though I don’t completely subscribe to the “Auteur” theory in all its finer points, I do tend to look at films as having directorial stamps on them – not just from common stylistic points of view or as vehicles that cover similar themes, but as works that have a certain quality about them. For example, when I see a movie like Joachim...

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Rowthree Presents: Massive TIFF11 Summary

Boy the festival has gotten easier to do with friends since the advent of smart phones and social media! This is our 4th annual mega-size wrap-up of the Toronto International Film Festival from Row Three. TIFF11 was 11 days of cinema, viral infection, joy, madness and everything in between. From podcasting on street corners and in-the-line video segments, to...

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Trailer for Norwegian gem Headhunters

Norwegian thriller Headhunters (Kurt’s Review) is one of those great genre-gems from abroad that gets into the American re-make pipeline well before the original has a chance to find an audience; and that is the case here, as Summit is developing an English language right at this moment. Magnolia has had the rights to the film for some time, when they...

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Survey: Bobcat Goldthwait

Although I should have brought this up on the Netflix segment for recent episode of the Cinecast, alas, I did not notice it until late last night: Bobcat Goldthwait‘s 1991 directorial debut, Shakes the Clown, popped up on the Canadian version of the streaming site this week. Goldthwait, as an onscreen performer peaked somewhere in the mid 1980s –...

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Tyrannosaur Poster & Trailer

Tyrannosaur, the Grand Slam first film for writer-director Paddy Considine set TIFF ablaze last week, eliciting a standing ovation at its premiere and creating a bit of a circus in my twitter feed. Best known for his acting credits, including In America and the cocky detective in Hot Fuzz, Paddy Considine elevates the British social drama into something more...

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TIFF Review: Cafe De Flore

I was somewhat shaken walking out of Jean-Marc Vallee’s latest film and needed to actually catch my breath off to the side of the cell-phone checking hordes. It was partially due to several very personal reactions to a few moments and characters, but mostly because the film was absolutely magnificent in just about every respect. I’ve found my...

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Mamo #220: TIFFing the Dream

We close out the Toronto International Film Festival 2011 with talk of Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film, and how our story of film has changed as 2011 TIFFgoers. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (8.6MB) To download this episode, use this URL:...

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TIFF Review: Kotoko

As this years edition of TIFF winds down with only repeat screenings for the locals, in my particular film journey through the program, a small theme has emerged. That would be parental anxieties manifesting as delusional horror; both the fear for the safety of their children, as the shame of the potential exposure as bad parents. Nowhere is that more apparent...

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