Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sean Kelly

The End of Brangelina and Our Obsession with Celebrity Couples

Today my social networking feed lit up when it was announced that Angelina Jolie was filing for divorce from Brad Pitt after a two year marriage and twelve year relationship. If you have been living under a rock for the last decade, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, nicknamed "Brangelina" by the media, were probably the most famous couple in Hollywood, since falling in love on the set of Mr and Mrs. Smith. Pitt and Jolie's union was initially a controversial one, since Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time, with Jolie being accused of being a homewrecker. Of course, that didn't last long and Brangelina soon became Hollywood's A-list couple, dominating red carpets and having a large family of both adopted and biological children.

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Sean Kelly

TIFF16: Wrap-Up

As I was heading into the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, I thought that this was going to be an off year for me. However, it turns out that I still managed to see a decent number of films and for the first time ever I even got to see the winner of the People's Choice Award. I was also successful in my experiment of rushing P&I screenings, which might be something I do more in the future.

Now, without any further ado, here is my full TIFF wrap-up.

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Sean Kelly

TIFF16: La La Land

An aspiring actress and a jazz pianist fall in love in the Hollywood Hills in La La Land. Mia (Emma Stone) is a barista on a Hollywood movie lot, who hopes to one day achieve her dreams of being an actress. One day, Mia meets Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a gifted pianist, who one day wants to open a jazz club. Mia and Sebastian quickly fall in love with each other, however soon find that achieving their dreams might get in the way of this romance.

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Sean Kelly

TIFF16: ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail

A family-owned bank in New York's Chinatown becomes the only US bank indicted in the wake of the US financial crisis in ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail. After spending many years as a lawyer, Thomas Sung opened the Abacus Federal Savings Bank to help assist the community of New York's Chinatown, with the bank currently being run by Sung's daughters Jill and Vera. After a number of loan officers at the bank were caught committing fraudulent activity, the Abacus Bank as a whole quickly finds itself charged with larceny. In the wake of these charges, the entire Sung family bands together to clear their names.

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Sean Kelly

TIFF16: The Age of Shadows

A police officer in Japan-occupied Korea secretly begins to work with the resistance movement he is supposed to bring down in The Age of Shadows. Lee Jung-chool (Song Kang ho) is a Korean captain for the Japanese Police in 1920s occupied Korea. Lee and his partner Hashimoto (Um Tae-Goo) are tasked with bringing down the resistance movement seeking Korean independence. However, after befriending the resistance's second-in-command Kim Woo-jin (Gong Yoo), Lee begins to feel sympathy for the movement and begins to secretly assist the resistance, all while he is supposed to be hunting them down.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Sean Kelly

TADFF16: Breaking Down the First 10

The first ten films of the 2016 Toronto After Dark Film Festival have officially been announced today. Having seen a number of these films at Fantasia, I can assure that this year's Toronto After Dark line-up will be a particularly strong one. In fact, there is one film in particular that I HIGHLY recommend checking out, even if you are not typically a fan of these type of genre films. Without any further ado, I'm going to break down the first ten Toronto After Dark selections!
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sean Kelly

TIFF16: Sadako vs. Kayako

The two icons of J-Horror clash in Sadako vs. Kayako. Yuri (Mizuki Yamamoto) and Natsumi (Aimi Satsukawa) are two university students, who purchase an old secondhand VCR to transfer some old home movies to DVD. However, inside they find a strange tape, which they soon realize is the cursed video tape mentioned to them by their urban legends professor Morishige (Masahiro Komoto). Meanwhile, Suzuka (Tina Tamashiro) moves into a new house with her parents and finds herself drawn to the creepy house next door. Cursed by the spirits of Sadako and Kayako respectively, Yuri and Suzuka enlist the help of spiritual medium Keizo (Masanobu Andô) and his blind child assistant Tamao (Maiko Kikuchi) to pit these two evil spirits against each other and break the curse.

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