TIFF18: Doc Highlights

The TIFF Docs selection at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival was announced today, with the opening film being the World Premiere of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9. The title of the film is both a play on Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 and a reference to the November 9, 2016 election of Donald Trump. You can expect this film to […]

TIFF18: Midnight Madness Highlights

Two high profile sequels headline the Midnight Madness line-up at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The selection will kick off with the World Premiere of Shane Black’s The Predator and will accompanied by the World Premiere of David Gordon Green’s Halloween, which arrives 40 years after the John Carpenter original. With The Predator opening on September 14, a mere […]

TIFF18: Highlights of Galas, Special Presentations, and Canadian Selections

It’s that time of the year again, as the announcements begin to roll out of the films that are set to screen at the 2018 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. There have already been two rounds of announcements, featuring the first bunch of Galas and Special Presentations, as well as the Canadian film […]

Fantasia 2018: Wrap-Up

After covering the festival remotely last year, I made the return to Montreal this year to cover the 22nd annual Fantasia Film Festival. It was definitely a very busy festival for me, with my coverage continuing well after my return to Toronto earlier this week. However, now it is time for me to put my […]

Fantasia 2018: Select Short Films

Here are my thoughts on the few short films I saw at the 2018 Fantasia Film Festival. Fauve Two boys play a seemingly innocent power game, which quickly turns dire. Fauve is a relatively simple story of a game of one-upmanship, which gains some real life or death consequences when the boys encounter a sinkhole. […]

Fantasia 2018: Parallel

Four friends discover a portal leading to alternate realities in Parallel. Josh (Marc O’Brien), Lena (Georgia King), Devin (Aml Ameen) and Noel (Martin Wallström) are four members of an upstart tech development company, who are struggling to find investors for their proposals. Worried about their future, the four friends stumble upon a hidden attic in their rental home, […]

Fantasia 2018: Lôi Báo

A comic artist gains superhuman abilities after undergoing an experimental transplant procedure in Lôi Báo. Tam (Cuong Seven) is a young artist striving to make Vietnam’s first superhero comic. However, Tam is dismayed to discover that he has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer with only a few weeks left to live. However, it turns out […]

Fantasia 2018: Knuckleball

A 12 year old boy struggles to survive a trip to his grandfather’s farm in Knuckleball. Despite some apprehension from his mother Mary (Kathleen Munroe), 12 year old Henry (Luca Villacis) is dropped off at the farm of his grandfather Jacob (Michael Ironside), while Henry’s parents go to a funeral. Despite being relatively estranged from the family, Jacob quickly […]

Fantasia 2018: Hurt

A woman spends Halloween night with her PTSD-suffering husband in Hurt. It is Halloween night in the small town of New Caney, Texas and Rose (Emily Van Raay) is reunited with her husband Tommy (Andrew Creer), who has just returned from the war. After spending some time with Rose’s sister Lily (Stephanie Moran) and her husband Mark […]

Fantasia 2018: The Outlaws

An unconventional police force tries to take down a deadly gang in The Outlaws. Inspector Ma (Don Lee) is the head of the Serious Crimes Unit in Seoul’s Garibong neighbourhood, which is home to a number of Chinese-Korean gangs. Things heat with with the arrival of the Black Dragon Gang, lead by Jang Chen (Kye-Sang Yoon), who begins […]