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 […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

A repressed young woman uncovers her family’s dark secrets in The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches. In 1930s rural Quebec, a young woman (Marine Johnson) and her brother (Antoine L’Écuyer) are raised alone by their authoritarian father (Jean-François Casabonne). After their father hangs himself one night, the two siblings are left to […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Unarmed Verses

A girl living in a community housing project learns to develop her own voice in Unarmed Verses. Francine Valentine is a teenage girl living with her father and grandmother in a community housing project in the north of Toronto, which is in the midst of a “revitalization” plan. Francine participates in a songwriting program put on […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Allure

An emotionally unstable woman develops an unlikely connection in Allure. Laura Drake (Evan Rachel Wood) is a woman who struggles to find a connection in her life. Working as a house cleaner for her father William (Denis O’Hare), Laura begins working at the house of Nancy (Maxim Roy) and becomes infatuated with Nancy’s 16 year old […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: LUK’LUK’I

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of TIFF 2017 The stories of five Vancouverites are told under the backdrop of the 2010 Winter Olympics in LUK’LUK’I. It’s February 28, 2010 and the puck is about to drop on the Gold Medal hockey game between Canada and the USA. However, away from the […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

This review was originally published as part of my coverage for Hot Docs 2017 The indigenous contributions to music history are revealed in Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. In 1907, the first recording of native music was made, since it was believed that the culture of the First Nation’s community would disappear. However, as […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Les Affamés

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of TIFF 2017 A group tries to survive a zombie outbreak in a remote Quebec village in Les Affamés. A flesh-eating plague has broken out in Quebec and a small batch of survivors try to make to safety. These include Bonin (Marc-André Grondin), who is always cracking […]