Phil Brown

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Hot Docs 2014: The Writer with No Hands Review

April 21, 2014

The Writer with No Hands Nightvision In 1997 screenwriter Raw Deal screenwriter Gary DeVore disappeared. A year later his body was found submerged in the California aqueduct without his hands. No one knows what happened, but British writer Matthew Alford … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: The Sheik Review

April 21, 2014

The Sheik Special Presentations Whether you know him from the WWE, Howard Stern, YouTube, or Twitter, chances are you’ve got a special place in your heart for the Iron Sheik. He was one of the greatest wrestlers who ever lived … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: The Notorious Mr. Bout Review

April 21, 2014

The Notorious Mr. Bout Special Presentations It’s not often that a character from a Nicolas Cage flick is the subject of documentary, but then there really is only one Viktor Bout. The man, legend, and loose subject of Lord of … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Kung Fu Elliot Review

April 21, 2014

Kung Fu Elliot Canadian Spectrum The Slamdance award-winner Kung Fu Elliot slides into Hot Docs as a local Canadian favorite bringing along some hefty expectations. Thankfully, it delivers. From the logline, you’d expect the doc to be a north of … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere Review

April 21, 2014

Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere Mystery, Myth, and Legend Easily one of the most unique movies screening at this year’s Hot Docs, Dave Janetta’s Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere initially presents itself … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: The Joe Show Review

April 21, 2014

The Joe Show World Showcase Joe Arpaio is a pretty horrible person, but he’s also a famous person so he gets away with a lot. The self-appointed toughest sheriff of America turned a job in public office into a vehicle … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Harmontown Review

April 21, 2014

Harmontown Nightvision/Special Events Community creator Dan Harmon is one of those dangerous talents that mama always warned you about. He’s clearly a funny man and maybe even a bit of a genius. However, he’s also incredibly self-destructive in ways that … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Doc of the Dead Review

April 21, 2014

Doc of the Dead Nightvision Let’s face it, the walking (un)dead are everywhere these days, from Brad Pitt blockbusters and cuddly slippers to porn parodies and shooting ranges. The smelly masses of corpses have never been more popular, so a … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: The Darkside Review

April 21, 2014

The Darkside Mystery, Myth, and Legend If nothing else, Warwick Thornton’s documentary The Darkside is certainly an original concept. Over many months Thornton collected a series of ghost stories from a variety of sources across Australia then shot first person … Continue reading

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Hot Docs 2014: Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart Review

April 21, 2014

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart Special Presentations Pamela Smart’s sensationalistic 1991 trial involving a high school employee who not only slept with a student, but talked that student into murdering her husband was an instant pop culture phenomenon. It … Continue reading

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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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