Posts tagged with "Toronto International Film Festival"

Pretty Clever Films Goes to TIFF

Posted by Brandy Dean September 5, 2012 2 Comments 679 views

It’s that time of year again. The cottage is shuttered, the first hint of autumn is in the air, and hordes of cinemaniacs descend on once peaceful Toronto to gorge on movies – It’s TIFF time! Also known at Pretty Clever HQ as “that time of year when I see talkies.” Pretty Clever Film gal […]

Review of The Last Dogs of Winter (2011)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 20, 2011 6 Comments 2589 views

The Last Dogs of Winter explores Brian Ladoon’s struggle to preserve the Canadian Eskimo dog, or Qimmiq, the rarest registered breed of dog in the world, from extinction. Assisted by an adventurous New Zealander, Caleb Ross, Ladoon breeds Eskimo dogs against the harsh backdrop of Churchill, Manitoba and fights off polar bears to do it. […]

TIFF 2011 Review: The Incident (2011) (Asylum Blackout)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 19, 2011 1 Comment 3782 views

At the first TIFF screening of Alexandre Courtes’ The Incident two young ladies fainted and had to be carted away by ambulance. I wasn’t at that screening, but I bet I can guess when they passed out. The Incident starts out as a promising creepy but psychological thriller, and then… takes a sharp right into […]

TIFF 2011 Review: Short Cuts Canada: Programme 6

Posted by Brandy Dean September 16, 2011 2 Comments 990 views

In thinking about choosing my tix for TIFF 2011, I knew I definitely had to hit one of the Short Cuts Canada programmes for two reasons. The first, short films strike me as quintessentially film festival-ly. Watching a short film is often like peeking into an artist’s sketchbook. You get the opportunity to see a […]

Film Friday Weekly Roundup

Posted by Brandy Dean September 16, 2011 2 Comments 408 views

My sound track for the week is the tick, tick, tick of the clock. Between TIFF screenings, writing about the films, work, and (ahem) the release of NHL 12 for xbox – well I’ve been a busy gal. Good news, though – the Toronto Maples Leafs are 1st in the league! But no matter how […]

TIFF 2011 Review: Death for Sale

Posted by Brandy Dean September 15, 2011 1 Comment 1161 views

My TIFF experience marched on with Wednesday’s screening of the Moroccan film Death for Sale. I approached this movie with some apprehension because what I know about Morrocco… well, frankly what I know about Morroco I learned from Casablanca. I don’t often watch contemporary foreign films for that very reason. I always¬† have the sneaking […]

TIFF 2011 Review: Intruders

Posted by Brandy Dean September 14, 2011 1 Comment 660 views

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo introduced Intruders at its TIFF premiere by saying, “It’s about how we create monsters when we’re kids, alone in the dark, and about how we pass those fears to the next generation. Fear becomes a legacy.” Intruders delivers on the potentials, large and small, in that statement. Not a “horror flick” in […]

My TIFF 2011 Schedule

Posted by Brandy Dean September 14, 2011 0 Comment 371 views

Choosing my TIFF movies felt a lot like setting my high school class schedule. So many variables, so many if-then-else statements! Which classes are already full? Who’s the teacher? Who else will be in the class? Can I actually make it from my locker to biolab in 5 minutes? Despite the anxieties and a merciless […]

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