Showing posts with label Vanguard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vanguard. Show all posts

Friday, September 13, 2013

TIFF13: On Giallo Homages and Mass Walkouts


It is never a good thing when people decide to walk out of a screening, however it’s probably worse when these walkouts happen at a film festival screening. Since the filmmakers are nearly always present at these events, it must feel horrible to them to be witness to people walking out of their films. This is exactly what happened at a screening I attended of The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, which is a French/Belgium film that is meant as a homage to the Italian giallo horror films of the 1970s (i.e. the films of Dario Argento).

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

TIFF13: Vanguard Highlights


Over the past few years, TIFF’s Vanguard programme has been developing into a more mature companion to the Midnight Madness programme.  While many of the films in this programme can be classified as genre films, they also have tend to have a bit of an art house vibe to them.  That said, this year’s Vanguard line-up, which was announced yesterday, features a number of high profile film selections that would have also felt right at home in Midnight Madness.  There are definitely many films in this line-up that will end up on my festival shortlist.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

TIFF12: My Thoughts on I Declare War

I Declare War focuses on a group of boys in their early teens, who are playing war games in the woods.  The game is essentially a glorified version of "Capture the Flag," which has the boys divided into teams, who have to locate each other's base and take their flag.  According to the rules, getting shot stuns you for ten seconds, while getting hit with a grenade (aka water balloon filled with red paint) "kills" you and you have to go home.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

TIFF12: My Thoughts on Berberian Sound Studio

It so happens that I took a Post-Production sound class last spring and I am quite familiar with the time and effort that it takes to make and record sounds for films. Berberian Sound Studio is about a British sound editor named Gilderoy (Toby Jones), who is called in to do the sound for an Italian giallo horror film called The Equestrian Vortex.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TIFF12: Vanguard Highlights

“I like to think of Vanguard as Midnight Madness’s older, more mature sister with a darker, confrontational and transgressive core.” - Colin Geddes

That quote gives you the idea of the films that make up the companion programme to Midnight Madness.  The films in Vanguard tend to feature more arty genre fare, but there are still some intriguing titles in this year's line-up.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

TIFF09: Early Thoughts

Well my favourite and most busy time of the year is upon us again with buzz beginning for the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

For the fourth year, I will be making my rounds as a volunteer. This year, I hope to become a captain, however I would be content with remaining a normal theatre captain if that came to be. Either way, I will post my volunteer logs right here.

A number of the films have already been announced and I will now take time to provide thoughts on some of them sorted by programme.

Midnight Madness
We shall start with the ever-popular genre film programme with its eccentric selection of films.

The big film at this year's Midnight Madness program will be Jennifer's Body, a teen horror film written by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody and staring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried. I'm sure tickets for that one would go quickly.

Other notable films in the program are [Rec] 2, a sequel to a Spanish horror film that was remade as Quarantine, George A. Romero's latest zombie film Survival of the Dead, the Ethan Hawke-staring vampire film Daybreakers, and the martial arts sequel Ong Bak 2: The Beginning.

The film that stands out for me in the Vanguard programme this year is the concert documentary The White Stripes Under Great Northern Lights, which documents the band's tour of Canada from two years ago. Should be interesting.

Well those are the stand-out films for me. As more films are announced, I will be use give more thoughts on them.

This year looks to be a good festival.