Monday, August 29, 2016

Sean Kelly

Podcast: Lost Interviews 01 - Justin Decloux on Teddy Bomb

It's the first episode of Sean Kelly on Movie's podcast series "Lost Interviews." Over the years I have accumulated a number of interviews with filmmakers, usually at film festivals. Usually, I would transcribe and post the interviews to coincide with the reason of the film I am interviewing for. However, sometimes that doesn't happen and a perfectly good interview is left sitting on my hard drive. As such, I thought I would periodically pick one of these "lost" interviews and release them relatively unabridged in podcast form.

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Sean Kelly

TIFF16: A Different Way of Doing Things

We are less than a week and a half away from the start of the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival. Last week, I had posted my frustrations about TIFF being one of the only festivals I can't get media accreditation for. It was a few days later when the TIFF schedule was released and I began my yearly process of planning what films I was going to see. I was a few days into this process when I started thinking about a possible change of plan.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sean Kelly

Review: Don't Breathe

An attempted robbery goes horribly awry in Don't Breathe. Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette), and Money (Daniel Zovatto) are three delinquent teens in Detroit, who use keys from Alex's father's security company to rob the houses of rich people. Rocky is desperate to leave the trailer trash lifestyle she lives with her younger sister and a possible opportunity comes up when Money chooses to rob a blind war veteran (Stephen Lang), who apparently received a large cash settlement after the death of his daughter in a car accident. However, as the three break into the house, they quickly find that it isn't a harmless blind man they are robbing.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sean Kelly

Blindspot 2016: Classic Horror: The Fly

This month, I continue with the films of Vincent Price and one of this most well-known films. One night, Fran├žois Delambre (Price) receives a call from his sister-in-law 
Helene (Patricia Owens) confessing that she killed her husband Andre (Al Hedison) in a mechanical press. In defense of this supposed murder, Helene tells Fran├žois and Inspector Charas (Herbert Marshall) the story of Andre's experiements with teleportation, which goes horribly wrong.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sean Kelly

Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

A boy goes on a quest for his father's samurai armour in Kubo and the Two Strings. Kubo (Art Parkinson) is a boy who lives with his mother in a small village, where he tells stories to the villagers about his samurai father Hanzo, using magical origami controlled by Kubo's shamisen. One day Kubo ignores his mother's warnings about staying after dark and he comes in contact with his mother's twin sisters (Rooney Mara), who want to bring Kubo back to his grandfather the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes). Kubo's mother magically sends her son to safety before sacrificing herself and Kubo, accompanied by Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), must locate his father's samurai armour in order to stop the Moon King.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sean Kelly

TIFF16: Lamentings of a Film Blogger

We are a little over two weeks from the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival. Like many of my contemporaries in the community of "semi-professional film writers," I have started to come to terms with the fact that I probably won't be seeing as many films this year as previous years. While I still expect to see a decent sampling of 10-15 films, it will be nowhere near the number of films I saw over the last five years or so, which often exceeded 20. Now, I'm not going to go into the specifics of why I will probably see less films at TIFF this year and instead use this segue into a more pressing issue.
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Sean Kelly

Interview: D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus on Unlocking the Cage

The documentary Unlocking the Cage, opening today at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, follows the crusade of animal rights lawyer Steven Wise and his crusade to get autonomous non-human animals, particularly chimpanzees, to be legally defined as people and the rights that designation affords. The film is directed by the veteran filmmaking team of D.A. Pennebaker and his wife Chris Hegedus. Pennebaker has been an active documentary filmmaker since the 1950s, with his first credit with Hegedus being 1977's Energy War. The duo are probably best known for their Academy Award nominated 1993 documentary The War Room and D.A. Pennebaker also received an honorary Academy Award in 2013. When Unlocking the Cage screened at this year's Hot Docs, I sat down with the duo to speak about the film and the slippery slope that is animal rights.
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