Posts tagged with "festival coverage"

TIFF13 Review: Borgman (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 7, 2013 0 Comment 7521 views

The home invasion sub-genre has caught flame recently -think The Purge, You’re Next, The Agression Scale – which I assume has something to do with the latent fear of terrorists. In all fairness, I’m an American so I think all trending movie sub-genres have something to do with the latent fear of terrorists, especially zombie movies.  So […]

TIFF13 Review: Hi-Ho Mistahey!

Posted by Brandy Dean September 6, 2013 2 Comments 3563 views

Alanis Obomsawin has made quite a body of work centered around the rights of Canada’s native people and she returns in form with Hi-Ho Mistahey!, a look at the deep disparities in the Attawapiskat First Nation’s public education system and Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education for First Nations children. And […]

TIFF13 Trends: Everything Old is New Again

Posted by Brandy Dean September 6, 2013 2 Comments 3501 views

There is a film in this year’s TIFF programme that I will DIE if I don’t get to see – Yurusarezarumono, which is Japanese for Unforgiven. YES! A Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, transplanted to period Japan with samurai instead of cowboys. YES! It’s like spaghetti westerns to Kurosawa to Unforgiven to Japanese Unforgiven and MY HEAD […]

TIFF13 Review: Parkland (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 5, 2013 0 Comment 4924 views

It’s an old question (pretty much 50 years old to be precise): Where were you when J.F.K. was shot? In his new star-studded docudrama Parkland, first time feature director Peter Landesman poses this question. Again. While Parkland is stylish and packed to the rafters with talented performers, it brings nothing new to Kennedyana. Parkland focuses […]

TIFF 13 Review: Attila Marcel (2013)

Posted by Jovana Jankovic September 5, 2013 0 Comment 6359 views

To be fair, personal taste shouldn’t necessarily be a heavy determinant of criticism, but it no doubt plays a part. To help you decide whether you’d like to see Sylvain Chomet’s first live-action feature film, Attila Marcel (Chomet rose to fame with 2003’s The Triplets of Belleville), I have one word for you: Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, […]

TIFF13 Trends: The Toronto International Franco Festival

Posted by Brandy Dean September 5, 2013 0 Comment 2693 views

Here’s how I launch TIFF-mas – I sit down with the full programme and I read each and every description of each and every film. And then I make a “short” list of the movies I most hope to see. Then I make complicated graphs, and diagrams, and gantt charts to slowly winnow down what […]

TIFF13 Review: Burt’s Buzz

Posted by Brandy Dean September 4, 2013 1 Comment 4379 views

Burt’s Buzz, from director Jody Shapiro, ends up as the slickest corporate video ever (and only slightly more exciting). The doc tells the tale of Burt Shavitz, former photojournalist (oh, he took that photo of Allen Ginsberg!) turned backwoods beeswax mogul and founder of everyone’s favorite natural body care products, Burt’s Bees. Surely you have a […]

TIFF13: For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

Posted by Brandy Dean September 3, 2013 0 Comment 5799 views

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales, from director Jasmila Zbanic, tracks the summer holiday of Australian tourist Kym as she treks about Bosnia-Herzegovina. The film is a light, sweet travelouge that follows Kym from souvenir shop to picturesque destination and finally to a quaint inn in the village of Visegrad, most famously home to an old […]

TIFF13 Review: Finding Vivian Maier

Posted by Brandy Dean September 2, 2013 1 Comment 6914 views

In 2007, in an effort to find photos for a book of local history, John Maloof bought a box of photo negatives at a storage auction. There were no photos suitable for his book, but there was a mystery to solve. The box belonged to Vivian Maier, a nanny in Chicago’s Northshore for 40 years. […]

TIFF13 Review: La última película

Posted by Brandy Dean September 2, 2013 4 Comments 6474 views

Sigh. Here’s the part where a film review is supposed to provide a brief, yet tantalizing synopsis. For the first time (is this my last review?), I’ll just give you the one-line summary helpfully provided by the press kit: “A famous American filmmaker travels to the Yucatán to scout locations for his last movie. The […]

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