NXNE 2014: Let's Ruin it with Babies

Channing (Kestrin Pantera) and her husband Chaz (Jonathan Grubb) are preparing to hit the road with their “RVIP” mobile karaoke project.  Chaz also wants to use the trip to have a baby with Channing, but she feels that motherhood would ruin everything good that’s going for her. When Chaz gets hired into his dream job […]

NXNE 2014: Boyhood

12 years in the making comes director Richard Linklater’s chronicle of a young man’s life from childhood to college.  Six year old Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) is a young boy, who lives with his divorced single mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), with the kids receiving regular visitations from their father […]

NXNE 2014: Whoops!

This dark British comedy focuses on the couple of Rose and Dave Clements (Elaine Glover and Philip Rowson).  Rose is an immensely clumsy woman and has the grisly habit of accidentally murdering people she comes into contact with, often leaving her stressed out husband Dave to clean up the mess.  Even though Rose and Dave […]

NXNE 2014: La Voz de los Silenciados (The Voice of the Voiceless)

The NXNE film line-up begins with the modern silent film La Voz de los Silenciados (The Voice of the Voiceless), which is inspired by actual events. Olga (Janeva Adena Calderon Zentz) is a deaf teenager from Central America, who travels to New York under the false pretence that she is attending a “Christian Sign Language […]

NXNE 2014: Riot on the Dance Floor

In the town of Trenton, NJ, there was a ramshackle club called “King Tut’s City Gardens.”  The club’s main concert promoter during its heyday was Randy “Now” Ellis, who booked over 4000 bands at the club.  During its lifetime, City Gardens hosted everything from underground punk bands to upstart alternative rockers.  Riot of the Dance […]

NXNE 2014 diversifies with film line-up

The NXNE festival of Music, Film, Interactive, Comedy, and Art begins its 20th year tomorrow, which includes a diverse film line-up playing at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.  For the first time NXNE will be screening non-music films at the festival, with this year’s film line-up being headlined by the Canadian premiere of Richard Linklater’s […]

NXNE: My Thoughts on Mistaken for Strangers

After missing the film when it played last month at Hot Docs, I was happy to get another chance to see the film Mistaken for Strangers when it played as part of the film portion of the NXNE festival this weekend in Toronto.  At the centre of the film is the indie rock band The […]