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Toronto 2021 Review: SALOUM, A Spirited Tale of Revenge on the Senegal Delta

The Saloum Delta in Senegal is a land of cannibal myths and cursed kings. Nowhere is this more true than in Congolese director Jean Luc Herbulot's supernatural skinwalker of a film that brings West African mythology to the criminal getaway...

Friday One Sheet: SALOUM

Forget the old Godardian nugget that all you need is a Girl and a Gun.  How about just a big ass gun? The poster for Senegalese supernatural revenge thriller, Saloum, goes for that Sergio Leone western vibe, with a modern,...

Toronto 2021 Short Film, Short Review: DUST BATH

I am cognizant of the fact that it might take you longer to read this review than to watch the one hundred and twenty seconds of this animated short involving chickens searching for scratch, and philosophizing on the circle of...

Friday One Sheet: ENCOUNTER

Design house B O N D's key art for Encounter (currently getting buzz on the festival circuit, before heading to cinemas and Amazon Prime in December), continues a trend I highlighted here, about this relatively recent poster trope: The Vortex....

Trailer for Pablo LarraĆ­n's SPENCER

After the stylish and well-received Jackie, Chilean wunderkind director Pablo Larraín tackles the tone and character of another iconic political and deified figure, Princess Diana, in a "what might have happened during those few fateful days" in 1997. Casting a...

Friday One Sheet: THE MIDDLE MAN

I remain committed to showcasing key art that makes good use of textured wallpaper. In this case, the poster is for a Canadian/Norwegian production from deadpan director Bent Hamer. Hamer's films are difficult to describe, oddball dramas, subtle comedies, ultra-niche...

Teaser: NOMADLAND's Quiet, Beautiful Pitch

Searchlight Pictures just dropped a short, single-shot teaser trailer for Chloe Zhao's (The Rider) new feature, Nomadland. And it is beautiful, measured, and melancholic, with Frances McDormand at her understated best. Adapting Jessica Bruder's journalism-novel of the same name, the...

Toronto 2019 Interview: SYNCHRONIC Directors Moorhead & Benson's Favorite Cinematic Representations of Altered States

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have wowed audiences with their mind-bending (and genre-bending) films Resolution, Spring, and The Endless. All of these films share the similarity of slyly tackling complex philosophical and/or metaphysical subject matter in an entertaining package. The...

Toronto 2019 Review: DISCO Doubts Your Commitment To Sparkle Motion

Disco is a juxtaposition of cults. One is the intense dance competition circuit. Here, girls in skimpy, sparkling outfits, a deluge of rhinestones and sequins, with face paint to match, perform intensely choreographed contortions to thumping electronica as an expression of...

Toronto 2019 Review: THE PLATFORM Is a Dystopian Feast of Social Inequality

A man wakes up in a spartan concrete room, with a copy of Don Quixote, and a composed, elderly roommate. The number 48 is stencilled on the wall, and there is an open elevator shaft that divides the space. The...

Toronto 2019 Preview: World Premiere Awards Hopefuls

The massive feast of cinematic goodness that is the Toronto International Film Festival is all set to kick off on Thursday. We will be taking a quick tour of the lineup over the next few days to get your appetite...

Friday One Sheet: A HIDDEN LIFE

You are always guaranteed a great poster for the films of Terrence Malick. A Hidden Life premiered at Cannes in May, but here is a teaser poster for its Toronto International Film Festival screening. Set in World War II, and...

THE PAINTED BIRD Trailer: Controversial, Atrocities-Ridden Holocaust Novel Adaptation Heads to Venice

An adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski's controversial novel is set for Venice and Toronto.

Friday One Sheet: JOJO RABBIT And The Handbill Aesthetic

A mixture of techniques in play make for an interesting, photo-free, text heavy poster for Taika Waititi's last film, Jojo Rabbit. The large splashes of text all over the key art looks painted with a wide brush. It being a...

HIGH LIFE Trailer: Claire Denis and Robert Pattinson Get Space Madness

In Claire Denis' High Life, a group of criminals accept a mission in space to become the subjects of a human reproduction experiment. Things go from complicated to worse to hallucinogenic when a storm of cosmic rays hit their ship....

Toronto 2018 Wrap: All Our Reviews & Coverage

Don't touch the cube! Things are long done at TIFF but we wanted to round up all our reviews and coverage in one place for easy access. We hope you enjoyed the fest, whether on the streets of Toronto, or...

Toronto 2018 Review: KINGSWAY, A Well-acted, If Slight, Dramedy

As a Vancouverite, my interest in seeing Bruce Sweeney's Kingsway stemmed almost entirely from the fact that it is shot and set in my city. Vancouver is, in fact, the third-largest centre for film and television production in North America,...

Toronto 2018 Review: SUMMER SURVIVORS, A Sensitive Look at Mental Health

Upon reading a plot description of Summer Survivors -- the debut feature by Lithuanian filmmaker Marija Kavtaradze -- one may imagine a quirky indie comedy with touches of the absurd. While the film does have its share of lighthearted, funny...

Toronto 2018 Dispatch: Chinese Costume Actioners SHADOW and LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT are Two Sides of the Same Coin

There's no doubting the stature of Chinese master directors Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige. These two stalwarts of the Fifith Generation of Chinese filmmakers burst onto the cinematic landscape with 20th century-set films Red Sorghum and Farewell My Concubine respectively. But arguably...

Toronto 2018 Preview: 10 Hot Titles to Watch from TIFF18

The Toronto Int'l Film Fest gets rolling on Thursday. With over 250 feature films, it's going to be another gigantic orgy of cinema. We've done our best to cull the massive listings and pick out just 10 films to draw...