Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Set during a time in Canadian history when aboriginal kids were routinely sent to residential schools, Rhymes for Young Ghouls tells the story of a young girl named Aila (Kawennahere Devery Jacobs).  Aila’s life was shaken by tragedy at a very young age when her mother accidently ran over her younger brother, and subsequently committed […]

Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on Asphalt Watches

From visual artists Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman, comes this very trippy and surreal road trip across Canada.  Based on a real cross-country trip by Scriver and Ehman, Asphalt Watches follows the duo of Bucktooth Cloud and Skeleton Hat as they travel cross-country, with the help of an out-dated train hopping manual.  While hitchhiking, the […]

Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on Gabrielle

Playing as part of the Canada’s Top Ten line-up, as well as opening this week for its regular release, Gabrielle is a coming-of-age story about a young woman’s desire to live a normal life, despite her mental disability.  Gabrielle (Gabrielle Marion-Rivard) is a young women with William’s Syndrome, who sings in a choir with other […]

Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on Tom at the Farm

From director Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways), comes this darkly humorous psychological thriller.  After the death of his lover Guy, Tom (Dolan) travels from Montreal to the countryside and stays at the farm of Guy’s family, while attending the funeral.  Guy’s mother Agathe (Lise Roy) never knew that her son was a homosexual and his psychotic […]

Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on Enemy

Jake Gyllenhaal faces off with himself in this new doppelganger thriller from director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies), which is an adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s novel The Double.  Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a Toronto-based history professor, who lives a somewhat mundane and routine life with his girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent). Based on the recommendation […]

Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on The F Word

Toronto is the backdrop for this romantic comedy from director Michael Dowse (Goon).  Med school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) hasn’t been in a relationship since he broke up with his cheating ex-girlfriend (Sarah Gadon).  At a party, Wallace meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), the cousin of his friend Allan (Adam Driver).  Wallace is instantly attracted to […]

Running Down Canada’s Top Ten 2013

Earlier this week TIFF, announced the line-up for their annual celebration of the best of Canadian cinema, which will be screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from January 3-12, 2014.  While there are the inevitable high-profile headliners, this year’s Canada’s Top Ten features quite an eclectic selection of films.  I shall now rundown this year’s […]