Phil Brown

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The Worlds and Words of Robert Lepage

March 27, 2014

Canadian theatrical legend and part-time big screen filmmaker Robert Lepage is honoured this weekend at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with a retrospective of some of his genre bending cinematic and theatrical accomplishments in Robert Lepage: Possible Worlds. We take a quick look at his career and talk to the man himself (and collaborator Pedro Pires) about his latest film, Triptych, screening this Friday. Continue reading

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Diana Review

October 31, 2013

Short review: Diana sucks.
Longer review: It’s an insultingly cliched biopic and utter waste of time that botches every single think it tries to attempt in depicting the life and tragic death of Princess Diana, reducing her work to something worse than a TV movie version of the same story starring Tori Spelling would have been. Continue reading

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Blu-Ray Round-Up: 10/28/13

October 28, 2013

This week on the home entertainment front, we take a look at new Blu-Rays for Pacific Rim, Slap Shot, R.I.P.D., High Plains Drifter, and Eyes without a Face. Continue reading

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Metallica: Through the Never Review

September 25, 2013

The IMAX 3D experience Metallica: Through the Never won’t win over anyone who hasn’t already been tickled by the band, but for those who enjoy metal at its heaviest and don’t mind seeing their rock gods with grey chest hair and receding hairlines, it is one hell of a night in the theater and the best way to make your eardrums ring without mortgaging your house to Ticketmaster. Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Proxy Review

September 16, 2013

Proxy Vanguard Director: Zack Parker Opening with a brick-induced miscarriage that sets the tone for what’s to follow, Proxy is if nothing else a dark and ballsy little thriller. Co-writer/director Zack Parker certainly has a knack for the misdirection, manipulation, … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Life of Crime Review

September 12, 2013

Life Of Crime Closing Night Gala Director: Daniel Schechter It’s been a long time since Elmore Leonard was treated well on the big screen. Back in those innocent iPod-free days of the 90s, the author’s books became brilliant crime comedies … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Bad Words Review

September 12, 2013

Bad Words Special Presentation Director: Jason Bateman If Bad Words came out 15 years ago and starred Bill Murray, it probably would have been a massive hit. Released today starring (and weirdly, directed by) Jason Bateman, it’ll be a mid-level … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: You Are Here Review

September 12, 2013

You Are Here Special Presentation Director: Matthew Weiner There’s a movie starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Amy Poehler that was written/directed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. It’s a film that Weiner has nursed along for years and was … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: August: Osage County Review

September 10, 2013

August: Osage County Gala Director: John Wells Combing a collection of superstars slumming for awards, a TV director, and single location family dinner setting, August: Osage County sounds like easy awards bait worth dreading. That is unless you recognize the … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Review

September 9, 2013

Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon Gala Presentation Director: Mike Myers For a few years, it seemed like Mike Myers just might never make another movie. Thankfully he has. Weirdly, it’s a documentary. Fortunately, it’s a good one. As the … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Gravity Review

September 9, 2013

Gravity Special Presentation Director: Alfonso Cuaron Following a prolonged absence from the director’s chair after the remarkable Children of Men, Cuaron has finally returned with Gravity and the result demands the use of descriptors like “astounding” and “groundbreaking.” As a … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: The Double Review

September 8, 2013

The Double Special Presentation Director: Richard Ayoade After starting his directorial career with a pitch perfect recreation of bad 80s television in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Richard Ayoade has slid into to feature filmmaking by mimicking much artier affair. His sweet … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: The Unknown Known Review

September 5, 2013

The Unknown Known TIFF Docs Director: Errol Morris When documentary guru Errol Morris sat down with Robert McNamara to discuss the Vietnam War, the result was the candidly confessional and Oscar-winning The Fog of War. That film offered cathartic closure … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Tim’s Vermeer Review

September 3, 2013

Tim’s Vermeer TIFF Docs Director: Teller Dutch master Johannes Vermeer’s paintings have confounded art historians for generations. The level of detail he achieved seems unfathomable with a few controversial theorists suggesting that he used a camera obscura to paint virtual … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: For No Good Reason Review

September 3, 2013

For No Good Reason Mavericks Director: Charlie Paul Best known for his hallucinatory drawings that somehow managed to visualize the unique madness inside the mind of Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman has for years remained somewhat of a mystery. His … Continue reading

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TIFF 2013: Jodorowsky’s Dune Review

September 3, 2013

Jodorowsky’s Dune TIFF Docs Director: Frank Pavich Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune is one of those legendary unmade projects. An epic sci-fi adventure developed before Star Wars and directed by one of cinema’s greatest eccentrics that would have promised such bizarre sights … Continue reading

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The Grandmaster Review

August 23, 2013

It’s hard to review the North American, Weinstein approved cut of Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster since the half hour or so that’s been cut from the film leave it feeling disjointed, but it’s still a great kung fu, historical romance from one of the world’s finest filmmakers. Continue reading

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We’re the Millers Review

August 7, 2013

It’s not a great comedy, nor an awful one, but We’re the Millers does feel like a throwback to some of the more innocuous Hard-R rated comedies of the 1980s in some pretty decent ways. Continue reading

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