Posts tagged with "TIFF Cinematheque"

The Hard Way: The Films of Bette Davis Opens at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

Posted by Brandy Dean November 12, 2013 0 Comment 1161 views

On the head stone of Bette Davis, located in the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills cemetery, the phrase “She did it hard way” is etched in a girly, italic script. And that sums it up, for the woman born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, the power house actress known as Bette Davis, and most (if not all) of the […]

I Can’t Sleep (1994)

Posted by Brandy Dean October 21, 2013 0 Comment 1387 views

Ostensibly, director Claire Denis loosely based her 1994 feature I Can’t Sleep on the 1987 true-crime  Montmartre “Granny Killer” case. While this fact sounds intriguing, it is not a very insightful piece of information about the film. Rather than construct a straightforward crime drama in I Can’t Sleep, Denis returns to her more familiar territories – […]

Review: Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 7, 2013 0 Comment 5414 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 5586 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 2976 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 5234 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 3805 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 2744 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 2475 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 […]

Wings to Screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Posted by Brandy Dean November 26, 2012 0 Comment 1006 views

As part of TIFF Cinematheue’s Hollywood Classics series, William A. Wellman’s Wings will get special screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm. Where does one even start when talking about Wings? It was a big-budget Paramount release in 1927, starring “It” girl Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen, and […]

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