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TIFF 2015 Days 3 & 4

February Slow burn horror film about two girls at a boarding school left during break because their parents failed to pick them up.  Simple story, yet this film leaves you guessing what it’s all about.  Keep an eye on director Oz Perkins, I think there more good stuff to come in the future.  7/10. Hardcore … Continue reading

TIFF 2015 Days 1 & 2

Green Room Punk band at a white supremacist bar accidentally sees something in the green room that they weren’t supposed to see. I enjoyed this film, but I was left wondering what Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin were doing in a small indie horror film like this.  I love Patrick Stewart, and he makes better … Continue reading

TIFF 2014 Days 10 & 11

Spring Before Sunrise done as a creature feature.  Unfortunately, it is more like Before Sunrise than a monster movie.  Blah, blah, blah, just stop talking already and kill someone.  5/10   The Guest A stranger ingratiates himself into the lives of a family and soon becomes their house guest.  As the family’s fortunes begin to … Continue reading

TIFF 2014 Days 8 and 9

The Cobbler A simple cobbler discovers a magical sole (soul?) stitching machine that lets him walk in another man’s shoes.  At first he uses it with humorous effect, but eventually decides to use its powers for good.  Normally I’m not a huge Adam Sandler fan, but I’m warming up to him; he is maturing as … Continue reading

TIFF 2014 Days 6 & 7

Rosewater Journalist Maziar Bahari is imprisoned and tortured in Iran.  The regular viewers of The Daily Show will already be familiar with this story and its outcome.  Rather than focus on the plot, the film chooses to focus on the absurdity of the situation and the character of the man.  Extremely well polished film for … Continue reading

TIFF 2014 Day 5

Cake A woman in a chronic pain support group is haunted by a woman from the same group who had committed suicide.  I`ve always been a fan of Jennifer Aniston, but I`ve always been disappointed with her choices of film, since romcoms are my least favourite genre.  So I was glad that she chose something a … Continue reading

TIFF 2014 Day 4

Mavericks with Jon Stewart Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari discuss Bahari’s experiences in Iran and the making of the film Rosewater. Some notable quotes by Jon Stewart: “Once you have the ring, you don’t want to go back to being a hobbit again” — referring to John Oliver guest hosting while away for 3 months … Continue reading

TIFF 2013 Day 10 & 11

Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang Kids film about twins Zip and Zap who are sent to a boarding school where fun is not allowed.  They soon find themselves on a quest to find secret treasure hidden somewhere in the school.  Very Goonies-like, but actually better than the Goonies.  7/10 Witching and Bitching (Las brujas … Continue reading

TIFF 2013 Day 9

Moebius WARNING: Spoiler! It would be impossible to disclose the premise of this film without saying how the film begins, so here goes.  Wife is angry with infidelity of husband, so in a fit of rage she tries to cut off his penis.  When she fails, she cuts off their teenage son’s penis.  To prevent … Continue reading

TIFF 2013, Days 7 & 8

Rigor Mortis The disparate residents of the 24th floor of a dilapidated tenement building deal with death in different ways.  A former movie star hitting rock bottom, a mother unable to cope with a recent trauma, the former vampire hunter turned cook, the affable security guard, the retired couple who are strangely keeping to themselves, … Continue reading