The Massive Row Three TIFF12 Summary

Welcome to our fifth annual Toronto International Film Festival Mega-Sized wrap-up post. Getting several Row Three contributors and friends to provide over 100 capsule reviews and a quick identifier tag for [BEST], [LOVED], [LIKED], [DISLIKED], [DISAPPOINTED], [WALKED OUT], [HATED] and [WORST]. Collectively we – Kurt Halfyard, Matt Brown, Mike Cameron,...

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TIFF 2012 Review: Spring Breakers

Bikini clad Disney girls go off the rails in Spring Breakers, a candy-coloured sledgehammer satire from notorious provocateur Harmony Korine. The story of four sexy college girls who rob a fast food outlet to fund their Spring Break vacation, the presence of tween icons Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) belies the...

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Cinecast Episode 273 – It’s TIFF 2012!

Thanks once again to Ryan McNeil of The Matinee for dropping back in for our huge TIFF recap (and almost spoiler-free!). Andrew sits in quiet solitude on the sofa, acting mainly as an audience member (admittedly, mostly fiddling with Pinterest and playing Tiger Woods Golf) with much amusement as Ryan and Kurt recap a large chunk of their TIFF experience. Sadly,...

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Greetings from Tim Buckley [trailer]

One of the best rock albums of the past 20 years is undoubtedly Jeff Buckley’s “Grace” record. His follow-ups were pretty great too but something about that album just soars in my memory and heart and it’s still a weekly listen. So when I heard a movie was being made loosely reflecting the Jeff and Tim Buckley biography, I got kind of...

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TIFF 2012 Review: Cloud Atlas

Where to begin with Cloud Atlas? The interminably long film is basically the Voltron of off-beat science fiction movies. This is what happens when you take five (or six) familiar genre-stories and juxtapose them (ok, put them in the blender and hit frappe!) in an effort say something profound about the human condition. That the end results is merely a...

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Video Reviews: TIFF Midnight Madness (all of ‘em)

The gang assembled for TIFF almost every night at Midnight to catch up on the days films as well as anticipate what gory and gonzo cinema would scar our psyche in the Midnight Madness sidebar. Below (tucked under the seat) are a few of the Substream segments that Rajo and Mike prepared with a series of guest hosts for each night of the Madness. Matty Price,...

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Mamo’s #TIFF12 Coverage, Part Five: Where Is Here

Special guest star Andrew Robinson joins us on the last day of the Toronto International Film Festival 2012 for our final TIFF ’12 podcast! We wrap up the festival including the audience choice award announcements, and talk To The Wonder, Cloud Atlas, 90 Minutes, Room 237, Reality, Byzantium, Ginger & Rosa, The We and the I, and Everyday. And...

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TIFF 2012 Review: Byzantium

Two sisters try to lay low in Dublin while being pursued by long-coated inspectors. Having committed a rather kinetic and conspicuous murder in the opening sequence of the film, the Webb sisters are actually a pair of highland blood suckers, a 200 year old mother and daughter pair of vampires. Possibly the last of their kind, moving from town to town and still...

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TIFF 2012 Review: Gangs of Wasseypur

Pulling back, deliberately and slowly, from a soap-opera on the TV which is all song and dance and character introductions, the 315 minute long Gangs of Wasseypur kicks off with a single shot Johnnie To style unbroken assault on the stronghold of Faizal Khan with automatic weapons, grenades and narrow alleyways. It’s the bright hearald of a major film...

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Mamo’s #TIFF12 Coverage, Part Four: Here We Are

Special guest star Kurt Halfyard joins us on Day 9 of the Toronto International Film Festival 2012 for more reactions and response! We talk To The Wonder, Gangs of Wasseypur, Jump, Leviathan, Penance, The Thieves, Here Comes The Devil, The Bay, A Hijacking, Great Expectations, The Iceman, and more! Plus, the long-awaited rumble on the Canteen patio about...

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