What I Watched – TIFF Edition

With the combination of Fan Expo and TIFF, I fell behind on reporting the films I’ve watched.  Since, it would be too much to report ALL the films I watched since the last post, I thought that I would limit myself to the films I watched immediately before, during, and after TIFF.  You can also […]

TIFF12: Wrap-Up

Another edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close.  This was my tenth time going to TIFF and it still remains one of my favourite events of the year.  Seeing 25 films in 10 days (combined with a number of volunteer shifts) can definitely take a toll on one’s body and […]

TIFF12: Summary of Film Thoughts

I saw a whopping 25 films during the course of TIFF (26 if you count On the Road, which I saw at a pre-festival screening).  It’s definitely hard to write coverage for the festival when the bulk of your time is spent watching the movies. I managed to write roughly a dozen film reviews over […]

TIFF12: My Thoughts on Midnight Madness

Before I move into my summary of film thoughts from TIFF, I thought that I would create a post dedicated entirely to the films I saw in the Midnight Madness programme.  I’ve been steadily increasing the number of Midnight Madness films I see every year and this year I saw six of the ten films […]

TIFF12: My Thoughts on John Dies at the End

To say that John Dies at the End is a weird film would be a bit of an understatement.  The film focuses on a man named David Wong (Chase Williamson), who sits in a restaurant and tells his story to a journalist named Arnie (Paul Giamatti).  It’s a hard movie to describe, but in essence, Dave and […]

TIFF12: My Thoughts on I Declare War

I Declare War focuses on a group of boys in their early teens, who are playing war games in the woods.  The game is essentially a glorified version of “Capture the Flag,” which has the boys divided into teams, who have to locate each other’s base and take their flag.  According to the rules, getting shot […]

TIFF12: My Thoughts on Antiviral

I am quite a big fan of David Cronenberg, so I was definitely interested when it was announced that his son Brandon was going to screen this year at TIFF.  Based on what I’ve heard from the film’s debut at Cannes, the apple has not fallen far from the tree and the film hearkens back to David […]

TIFF12: My Thoughts on Smashed

Smashed focuses around an elementary school teacher named Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who lives a somewhat carefree lifestyle with her husband Charlie (Breaking Bad‘s Arron Paul).  Both Kate and Charlie are heavy drinkers and are barely able to function through their lives. Kate begins to realize that her drinking may be a problem when she […]

TIFF12: My Thoughts on Tower

According to the Q&A after the screening, the film Tower was not intentionally meant to be about Asperger’s Syndrome.  However, as someone who has Asperger’s and was able to greatly relate with the main character of the film, I will say that I believe that Tower is probably the most genuine and unbiased cinematic portrayal of […]

TIFF12: My Thoughts on Berberian Sound Studio

It so happens that I took a Post-Production sound class last spring and I am quite familiar with the time and effort that it takes to make and record sounds for films. Berberian Sound Studio is about a British sound editor named Gilderoy (Toby Jones), who is called in to do the sound for an Italian […]