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).
Friday, September 13, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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
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.
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.