TADFF18: Tigers Are Not Afraid

A gang of kids try to escape the cartel violence in Mexico in Tigers Are Not Afraid. Estrella (Paola Lara) is an 11 year old girl in a Mexican city torn apart by local cartels and corrupt political candidate El Chino (Tenoch Huerta). Estrella makes a wish that her missing mother comes back and ends up being followed […]

TADFF18 Must See Pick: Satan’s Slaves

A family experiences paranormal activity following the death of their mother in Satan’s Slaves. Rini (Tara Basro) lives with her parents and brothers Tony (Endy Arfian), Bondi (Nasar Annuz), and Ian (M. Adhiyat) at an isolated house beside a cemetery. Rini’s mother (Ayu Laksmi), a formerly popular singer, has been sick in bed for a number […]

TADFF18 Must See Pick: Mega Time Squad

A low-level thug gains the ability to travel in time in Mega Time Squad. Johnny (Anton Tennet) is a low-level drug dealer in Thames, New Zealand, who hangs with his friend Gaz (Arlo Gibson) and does petty tasks for the local crime boss Shelton (Johnny Brugh). When an opportunity to steal Chinese Triad money arises, Johnny takes a chance to […]

TADFF18: Five Films to See at Toronto After Dark 2018

The 2018 edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival takes place from from October 11-19, 2018 at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto. The entire line-up for the festival has now been announced, so it is time for me to list off the five films that I specifically recommend you check out at the festival. […]

Selections from Toronto Youth Shorts 2018

The tenth annual edition of the Toronto Youth Shorts Festival will be taking place this weekend at Jackman Hall in the Art Gallery of Ontario. Here are my thoughts on five of the short films that will be screening. Forging Our Own Disclosure – Sept 22, 1:00 PM Lady Strips (Adrienne Mountain) This rotoscoped animation […]

TIFF18: Wrap-Up

The Toronto International Film Festival is always the type of event that you make it out to be. Some people come purely for the galas and stars, some people focus only on Midnight Madness, and some people try to do a mix. I would like to think that I fit in the latter category, even […]

TIFF18: Green Book

A working class bouncer from the Bronx gets a job chauffeuring an African American pianist in the American South in Green Book. Set in 1962, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) is a bouncer at New York’s Copacabana night club, who is in need of work while the club is closed for renovations. Tony is offered a […]

TIFF18: Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy

The true story of cult literary icon J.T. LeRoy is told in Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy. Laura Albert (Laura Dern) is a musician and writer, who wrote the autobiographical novel “Sarah,” under the pseudonym of a 19 year old boy named Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy. While Laura frequently does phone interviews as J.T., the constant request for pubic appearances results […]

TIFF18: Diamantino

A disgraced soccer star decides to adopt a refugee in Diamantino. Diamantino Matamouros (Carloto Cotta) is the star soccer player for Portugal, whose prowess comes from his ability to see nothing but pink clouds and fluffy puppies on the pitch. However, when he becomes aware of the refugee crisis, Diamantino is thrown off his game and […]

TIFF18: Teen Spirit

A shy teenager participates in an international singing competition in Teen Spirit. Violet (Elle Fanning) is a 17 year old Polish girl living on farm with her mother (Agnieszka Grochowska) on the Isle of Wright. An aspiring singer, Violet meets former opera singer Vlad (Zlatko Buric) at a bar and he help her improve her singing, as she prepares […]