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 […]

TIFF18: Donnybrook

An ex-marine struggling to support his family sets off to participate bare-knuckle brawl in Donnybrook. Jarhead Earl (Jamie Bell) is a veteran desperate for money to support his family, so he sets off with his son to participate in the Donnybrook bareknuckle cage match. On Earl’s trail is Chainsaw Angus (Frank Grillo), a violent psychopath who runs […]

TIFF18: The Man Who Feels No Pain

A man diagnosed with Congenital Insensitivity to Pain sets out to help his idol fight his brother in The Man Who Feels No Pain. Surya (Abhimanyu Dassani) was born with a rare medical condition, where he cannot feel any pain. With his mother having died during a robbery shortly after he was born, Surya is mentored by […]

TIFF18: In Fabric

A mysterious department store sells a haunted red dress to unsuspecting customers in In Fabric. Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) steps into the department store Dentley & Soper’s to buy a dress for a blind date. Greeted by the odd, cryptic speaking shopkeeper (Fatma Mohamed), Sheila ends up buying a haunting red dress. However, the date doesn’t go well […]

TIFF18: 22 July

The story of Norway’s deadliest terrorist attack is told in 22 July. On July 22, 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik (Anders Danielsen Lie) detonated a car bomb in the government district of Oslo, before opening fire at leadership camp on Utøya Island. In the aftermath of the attack, Breivik is arrested and personally requests lawyer Geir Lippestad (Jon Øigarden) […]

TIFF18: Folklore: A Mother’s Love & Pob

Singaporean director Eric Khoo presents the anthology TV series Folklore that gather’s Asia’s best genre directors to make horror tales representative of their culture. In A Mother’s Love, from Indonesian director Joko Anwar (Satan’s Slaves), a woman finds a group of impoverished children in the attic of the house she was cleaning, which attracts a spirit that targets […]