The Many Faces Of Hugo Weaving

This week, Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven has its premier, and with a cast that strong, I had no doubt that one in that group would end up being the focus of this week's quiz. But guess what? I was...

BMW Films' THE HIRE Gets A New Chapter With Clive Owen

Back in 2001, automaker BMW spent a fair bit of money to hire A-list directors to write, produce and shoot a series of short films that had only one stipulation: Clive Owen had to drive a BMW in them at...

Toronto 2016 Review: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Rends With Savage Grace

If you are an honorable cinephile, right from the opening credit sequence of Nocturnal Animals, you will know you are in good hands. Hyper-glossy and daringly uncommercial in the same breath, it puts some fine Lynchian bonafides on the table...

Toronto 2016 Review: SALT AND FIRE, A Lukewarm Climate Change Parable

Roger Ebert once said of Werner Herzog that, 'even his failures are spectacular.' I'm curious if he were alive today, what he would have made of Salt and Fire, a rushed, sloppy and rather turgid film that has been (charitably)...

Toronto 2016 Review: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS Delivers All The Goods

Opening with the eponymous girl locked in a cell and counting upwards to a thousand, The Girl With All The Gifts may as well be ticking off the sheer number of zombie films that a fan of the genre is...

Toronto 2016 Review: THE B-SIDE, A Sunny Portrait of Polaroid Photographer Elsa Dorfman

"Almost all human endeavour is ephemeral, all that is left in the end is love and friendship." So said Errol Morris at the screening of his latest movie, The B-Side, in which he spends a little over an hour on-screen...

Toronto 2016 Review: TWISTED Faithfully Re-Enacts Something That Did Not Happen

You have probably heard (or used) the expression, 'Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.' Well, a good one happened in Thorold, Ontario, Canada in 1996. A pregnant summer storm blew through the niagara region,...

Toronto 2016 Review: PERSONAL SHOPPER, Kristen Stewart in an Alluring Abstraction

French critic-turned-filmmaker Olivier Assayas has always had a knack for combining verité, day-to-day life with stylish genre elements. His previous film, The Clouds of Sils Maria, coaxed a assured performance out of Kristen Stewart as a confident personal assistant to a...

Toronto 2016 Review: I AM THE PRETTY THING THAT LIVES IN THE HOUSE Leaves A Ghostly Impression

When Lily, an extended care nurse in white pumps and a mustard cardigan, arrives at this grand old country house to look after its aging and infirm owner, she chides herself on the first night, 'No snooping!' However, that discipline...

Toronto 2016 Review: MESSAGE FROM THE KING Mixes Old School And Global Contemporary Masculinity Into Neo-Noir

Arriving fresh into LAX with only the clothes on his back, some cash in his pocket and a South African passport, Jacob King is given the full interrogation by the customs officials, "Are you working? Are you staying with family?...

The Many Faces Of Winona Ryder

This week sees the theatrical release of Author: The JT LeRoy Story, a documentary by Jeff Feuerzeig about the famous troubled young writer, who, as it turned out, was a fictional character devised by writer Laura Albert and actress Savannah...

Teaser Trailer for BUSTER'S MAL HEART

Sarah Adina Smith wowed us a couple years ago with her supernatural drama, The Midnight Swim involving the complex emotional ecosystem of three sisters at the family cottage. She is back with Mr. Robot star Rami Malik at the centre of...

MISS HOKUSAI: New Trailer for US Release of Production I.G.'s Latest

Set in 19th century Edo, Japan. Miss Hokusai blends the magical realism sensibility of Studio Ghibli with Ozu Yasujirô-like framing. Famed artist Tetsuzo, a.k.a. Hokusai Katsushika, and his grown daughter O-Ei form the basis of the tale, but it extends...

The Many Faces Of Karl Urban

Currently in cinemas, David Lowery's remake of Pete's Dragon is a surprisingly decent piece of entertainment. As one of the reasons for this, Jim Tudor notes in his review that the film has a very solid cast, which includes the...

Fantasia 2016: Watch Guillermo del Toro's One-Hour Master Class on Creature Design

During the 2016 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, director Guillermo del Toro was given the prestigious Cheval Noir award for his exceptional career in the cinema of the fantastic up to this point. This award was handed out...

The Many Faces Of John Saxon

While trying to figure out who of the motley crew that is in Suicide Squad we'd use to feature in this week's quiz, by chance my eye fell on John Saxon's birthday... which is today. Happy 81st birthday, Mr. Saxon!...

Fantasia 2016: Screen Anarchy Wraps The Fest With Our Reviews, Interviews, and Top Picks

  The king-sized 20th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival has come to a close, and thus ends another year of 'summer-camp' for lovers of genre and intrepid explorers of the weird, and wild, undiscovered corners that lie...

Fantasia 2016 Review: Born of Woman Programme Offers A Fantastic Female-Driven Future

Over the years, I have learned to pay attention to the precise curation efforts that happen at Fantasia. The overall programing of the festival serves many masters, considering its three week length, and by nature can yield things both exceptional...

The Many Faces Of Vincent Cassel

This week, the newest Jason Bourne film premieres, titled simply Jason Bourne, once again starring Matt Damon as the former super-assassin gone rogue. A new adventure means new friends and enemies of course, and it's here that we see a...

Interview: John Bradley Talks TRADERS and GAME OF THRONES

Last year at the Fantasia International Film Festival, a dark satirical drama out of Ireland called Traders played and was enthusiastically received, by myself and others. It is a economical little film that mixes the ethos of Fight Club and...