TIFF14 CAST Awards Announced

(Updated 9/23) The “Cinema Appreciation Society of Toronto” have chosen their favourite films of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  The top film of the list was the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring crime thriller Nightcrawler.  Also in the top five were the documentary The Look of Silence, the drumming drama Whiplash, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Peter Strickland’s The […]

TIFF14: Wrap-Up

My twelfth year of attending the Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close.  This year is notable for the fact that I practically ignored the Gala and Special Presentation programmes and focused mostly on small film selections, which typically don’t feature big starts.  More than half the films I saw were part of […]

TIFF 2014: What We Do in the Shadows

From co-directors Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) comes this mockumentary about a group of vampires living together.  A documentary crew follows 379 year old Viago (Taika Waititi), 183 year old Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and 862 year old Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) as they live together in modern Wellington, New […]

TIFF 2014: The Guest

The writer-director duo of Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard (You’re Next) return with this action-thriller about a mysterious visitor, who is not all that he seems.  One day, the Peterson family is visited by a man named David (Dan Stevens), who claims to be a friend of their deceased soldier son Caleb.  While Caleb’s parents […]

TIFF 2014: '71

A British soldier is stranded in IRA-controlled Belfast in the thriller ‘71.  Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell) is a new recruit in the British Army, who is stationed in the divided Irish city of Belfast at the height of The Troubles.  After a tense standoff, which becomes violent, Hook finds himself injured and stranded in the […]

TIFF 2014: Over Your Dead Body

From Japanese auteur Takashi Miike (13 Assassins) comes this multi-reality ghost story.  A theatre troupe are in rehearsals for a production of the 200 year old play Yotsuya Kaidan.  The play is a story of betrayal and revenge, centring on a samurai named Tamiya Iemon and his spurred lover Oiwa.  As rehearsals of the play […]

TIFF 2014: The Editor

From the Winnipeg-based film collective Astron-6 (Father’s Day, Manborg) comes this homage/spoof of Italian giallo horror films.  Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) was once one of the world’s greatest film editors. However, after losing his fingers in a freak accident, Ciso has been reduced to editing schlocky horror films, all while being distained by his former […]

TIFF 2014: Backcountry

A couple on a camping trip have to struggle for survival in the thriller Backcountry.  Jenn (Missy Peregrym) and her boyfriend Alex (Jeff Roop) head out for weekend of camping.  Despite the advice of the park ranger (Nicholas Campbell), Alex opts to go into the provincial park without a map, since it’s a place he […]

TIFF 2014: Teen Lust

A teenager’s life depends on getting laid in the comedy Teen Lust.  Neil (Jesse Carere) is the typical 18 year old high schooler, who has yet to lose his virginity.  The problem is, his family are members of a Satanic cult, who intend to make him a virgin sacrifice.  When Neil realizes what’s happening, he […]

TIFF 2014: Bang Bang Baby

A small town girl strives for a career in the music business in the 1960s-set musical Bang Bang Baby.  Stepphy (Jane Levy) is an aspiring singer, who spends her time taking care of her alcoholic father George (Peter Stormare) and fending off the advances of Fabian (David Reale), the creepy owner the Purple Mist Chemical […]