Toronto After Dark 2012: Award Winners

The Audience Choice award winners of the 2012 Toronto After Dark Film Festival were announced today.  The awards were decided by either post-screening ballots or polls of over 100 all-access pass buyers. The fan-favourite zombie comedy Cockneys vs. Zombies won the gold award for Best Feature film, followed by Dead Sushi (silver) and A Fantastic […]

Toronto After Dark 2012: Wrap-Up

It was (literally) a dark and stormy night back in August 2009 when I went to the Toronto After Dark film festival for the first time to see a screening of the long-awaited, much delayed, Halloween anthology Trick ‘r Treat.  I liked my experience at Toronto After Dark enough that I returned in 2010 for […]

Toronto After Dark 2012: Short Film Thoughts

In addition to the 20 feature films, there was also 29 short films that screened at Toronto After Dark.  The shorts were divided into two separate programmes: Canada After Dark consisted of 20 Canadian shorts films, which played before each of the features.  Then there was the Shorts After Dark showcase, which screened 9 international […]

Toronto After Dark 2012: My Thoughts on Game of Werewolves (Lobos De Arga)

I should probably begin by commenting that Game of Werewolves is the terrible localized title for the Spanish horror-comedy Lobos De Arga (which is literally translated to Werewolves of Arga).  I have no idea why it was decided to rename the film Game of Werewolves (perhaps it’s the success of Game of Thrones).  Since I […]

Toronto After Dark 2012 – My Thoughts on A Fantastic Fear of Everything

A Fantastic Fear of Everything is a comedy/thriller, written and directed by Crispin Mills of the band Kula Shaker, which stars Simon Pegg as a writer named Jack.  Tired of being typecast as a children’s author, Jack has been working on a TV script about Victorian Serial Killers named Decades of Death.  Due to his […]

Toronto After Dark 2012 – My Thoughts on Wrong

There is no worse feeling than sitting in a movie theatre and watching a movie, in which everyone around you is laughing their heads off, yet you remain straight-faced at the weird and random events happening on screen.  The basic plot of Wrong has a man named Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick) waking up to notice […]

Toronto After Dark 2012 – My Thoughts on In Their Skin

In Their Skin, previously known as Replicas, is a film about a family who is a tormented by a group of strangers, who want to take over their lives.  Mark (Josh Close) and Mary (Selma Blair), along with their son Brendon (Quinn Lord), travel to their family’s cottage as a way to cope with the […]

Toronto After Dark 2012: My Thoughts on Dead Sushi

Dead Sushi is an utterly ridiculous Japanese splatter comedy about an inn that has become under attack by swarms of…man-eating killer sushi.  The killer sushi are the creation of a disgruntled former member of a pharmaceutical company, of which the members happen to be visiting the inn.  Even though the premise of sushi that comes […]

Toronto After Dark 2012: My Thoughts on Sushi Girl

Sushi Girl is a dark a violent crime thriller, which seems heavily inspired by the films of Quentin Tarantino, mostly notably Reservoir Dogs.  Six years after a diamond heist gone wrong, the gang responsible reunites for a Yakuza-style sushi dinner in order to tie up the loose ends from the crime (and to determine the […]

Listen to Me – The Liberal Dead Toronto After Dark Pubcast

A couple nights ago, I ventured into the world of podcasting, as I took part in a live “pubcast” for Dead Air: The Liberal Dead Podcast, which was recorded live at one of Toronto After Dark’s post screening pub nights. I’m acquainted with the show’s guest host Kirk Haviland and I thought that it would […]