Posts tagged with "TIFF Bell Lightbox"

Packaged Goods: Artful Animation at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Posted by Bennett O'Brian February 9, 2013 0 Comment 3742 views

The Packaged Goods series at TIFF Bell Lightbox is a showcase of shorts from the commercial sector which, according to the festival, “explores some of the most evocative, entertaining and enlightening animated ads, music videos and short films”. Packaged Goods is a somewhat unconventional series because it gives disposable media the art-house treatment as it […]

Review: Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 7, 2013 0 Comment 7988 views

Woman in the Dunes or Suna no onna (1964) Hiroshi Teshigahara’s art-house sensation Woman in the Dunes is about four things: food, water, sleep, and sex. Or rather, the movie is a parable that instructs us that life is about four things: food, water, sleep, and sex. While this is a factual statement about the […]

Review: Tokyo Story (1953)

Posted by Brandy Dean January 31, 2013 4 Comments 8178 views

Tokyo Story, or Tôkyô monogatari  (1953) In Yasujiro Ozu’s masterpiece, Tokyo Story, nothing happens. An elderly man and woman leave their small village and travel to Tokyo to visit their grown son, daughter, and daughter-in-law. The adult children are busy and the parents are an imposition and a burden. The visit sours, but in the […]

Review: The Makikoka Sisters (1983)

Posted by Brandy Dean January 25, 2013 0 Comment 4287 views

The Makikoka Sisters, or Sasame-yuki (1983) Based on the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki, Kon Ichikawa’s The Makikoka Sisters T chronicles the lives of four sisters who gather in Kyoto each year to view the cherry blossoms. The film is a sumptuous and vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of this wealthy Osaka family, and draws a […]

Review: Ugetsu (1953)

Posted by Brandy Dean January 22, 2013 0 Comment 7029 views

Ugetsu, or Ugetsu monogatari (1953) In the civil wars of 16th century Japan, two ambitious peasants place making their fortunes above all else. Pottery maker Genjuro (Masayuki Mori) plans to peddle his wares for profit in the local city, while his brother-in-law Tobei (Eitarô Ozawa) longs to become a samurai. Their village is sacked by […]

Japanese Divas: The Great Actresses of Japanese Cinema’s Golden Age at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Posted by Brandy Dean January 21, 2013 0 Comment 5378 views

Discussions and retrospectives about Japanese cinema typically (and rightfully) revolve around powerhouse directors. The films of Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Akira Kurosawa, Mikio Naruse, Kon Ichikawa, Keisuke Kinoshita, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Yasuzo Masumura routinely populate art house screens. But we all know, even in patriarchal societies, women wield the real power, right? TIFF Cinematheque aims to […]

Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Posted by Brandy Dean January 17, 2013 2 Comments 3494 views

Though The Nikkatsu Corporation is Japan’s oldest movie studios, it might be the country’s most innovative and edgiest movie studio. Thanks to the Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu programme screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox this winter, Torontonians get a rare retrospective glance into a Japan filled with tough-guy gangsters and bad girls in action-packed […]

Hey TIFF, Silent Movies Were Never Actually Silent

Posted by Brandy Dean December 27, 2012 2 Comments 3651 views

I woke up early(ish) this morning to be sure I had breakfast before heading out to a screening of David Copperfield (1913) at TIFF Bell Lightbox. This movie screened as part of TIFF Cinematheque’s Dickens on Screen lineup and this silent film fan was pretty stoked to see it. David Copperfield is not the most […]

Brandy & Ben See Django at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

Posted by Brandy Dean December 11, 2012 1 Comment 6371 views

In the ramp up to the release of Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated new movie, TIFF Bell Lightbox is screening Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 Django. This movie might rightfully be subtitled: The patient zero movie that launched 30-100 not-quite-official sequels featuring the character of Django. But that would be a mouthful, wouldn’t it? At any rate, Django […]

Dickens on Screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Posted by Brandy Dean December 5, 2012 0 Comment 1523 views

As part of the global fete of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, TIFF Cinematheque is launching a retrospective of the famed author’s various screen incarnations. From the famous to the rare, from the classic to the contemporary, “Dickens on Screen” promises to be a rare treat for the film and literary lover alike. (Psst – there […]

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