We talk to Canadian filmmaker Wiebke von Carolsfeld about her latest feature Stay, starring Aiden Quinn and Taylor Schilling, and about the process of adapting a novel, nailing down two parallel stories across an ocean, getting the right look and casting the perfect charming older man.
We talk to Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling about her latest big screen role in the Canadian-Irish drama Stay, opening in Toronto this weekend, and about her character and the fears of having a child and being a parent.
Emptying the Skies Based on a New Yorker essay by Jonathan Franzen, Emptying the Skies is a documentary about the poaching of migratory songbirds in the Middle East. The central figures of the film are a group of activists working to save these species of birds from potential extinction. The film fits in with other […]
InRealLife The Internet has been a major part of society since the early ‘90s, but while its effects on society across the globe are obvious, the effects on the psychology of younger generations are hardly clear. Beeban Kidron’s documentary, InRealLife, sets out to explore the social and psychological impact of the Internet on the youth […]
Sole Survivor It’s one of the most rare occurrences possible. In the entire history of commercial flight, only fourteen times have there been crashes with a single survivor. Ky Dickens examines what it’s like to be one of these fourteen people in the new documentary, Sole Survivor. The film deals specifically with four sole survivors: […]
Although its low-budget trappings show, the rom-com Random Acts of Romance tells an ambitious multi-arc story and contains a lot of heart the genre has been missing as of late.
Without Shepherds Pakistan is a country that so many have heard about, or read about, or seen on the news, and the impression here in the West is that it’s of some kind of hellhole where the people are religious fanatics and the government is evil. It’s been called the most dangerous country in the […]
Confession of Murder South Korean cinema is known for its wild nature, fluctuating between polar opposite tones and often featuring extreme content. While often this is in the service of something dark and altogether nasty, designed to make audiences uncomfortable at the idea of enjoying themselves, Jeong Byeong-Gil’s Confession of Murder is all about the […]
Not funny, ugly to look at, filled with awful product placement, boring voice work, and mildly insulting historical parallels, Free Birds is a failure through and through.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa mixes classic Johnny Knoxville styled humour with old fashioned on-camera pranking and a healthy dose of good natured silliness.
Motivational Growth Much of the best cinema can be called “weird.” The stuff that pushes boundaries of what the audience either expects or has the stomach for. But “weird” can be a crutch, and the bizarre can be confused for thoughtful absurdity. Motivational Growth falls into this latter camp. It’s a dark comedy, which morphs […]
The Canadian black comedy Cottage Country has all the potential elements for success: a beautiful locale, actors who can pull off great comedy, and a story with loads of potential on paper. Unfortunately, it never gels the way it should becoming oddly too sweet for the darkness to play with any real balance.
Every year, several romantic comedies are released that dig the grave for the genre even deeper, and this year, Canadian cinema has made its own vile contribution with The Right Kind of Wrong.
It’s so rare to come across a film that’s genuinely important. Wadjda is one such film. In fact, it’s a film that manages to be important simply by existing at all. Haifaa al-Mansour’s film about a young girl who desperately wants to buy a bicycle is the first ever to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. What’s more, it’s a film addressing womanhood in Saudi society, directed by a woman.
Brazilian Western Contemporary World Cinema Director: René Sampaio Although titled Brazilian Western, Sampaio’s new film is, in practice, much more of a crime/gangster pic, about a young man, João, who moves from the outer provinces to the fast-paced world of the capitol, Brasília. There he gets caught up in the shady world of criminals, and […]
McCanick Contemporary World Cinema Director: Josh C. Waller To say that the corrupt cop drama is overdone might be an understatement, which makes the fact that Josh C. Waller’s McCanick works as well as it does quite the achievement. Eugene “Mack” McCanick is not a cop who plays by the rules, but as the film […]
Attila Marcel Special Presentation Director: Sylvain Chomet It’s always exciting to watch a director try something outside of their comfort-zone, so it’s extremely disappointing to see Sylvain Chomet, the wonderful director behind the animated films, The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist, fail to translate his style to live-action. Attila Marcel, the story of a […]
The Animal Project Contemporary World Cinema Director: Ingrid Veninger It’s unfortunate that Ingrid Veninger’s new film, The Animal Project, is ultimately unsuccessful as a larger piece, because the scattered moments of human observation that make up the film are almost always careful and poignant. Sadly, the situation created to spark all these moments feels out […]