Smuggler Review TIFF 2011 (Sumagurâ: Omae no mirai o erabe)

Katsuhito Ishii’s Smuggler got off to a strange start at Midnight Madness. For one, the print of the film had not arrived by midnight and the rowdy MM audience got some extended burn with the beach ball that is normally bounced around the seats before the show. The film ended up starting at 1am, aContinue reading “Smuggler Review TIFF 2011 (Sumagurâ: Omae no mirai o erabe)”

TIFF Wrap-up

TIFF may be over, but luckily for readers I couldn’t keep up with frantically running around to screenings (most at midnight), eating, sleeping and reviewing. As a result there will be some delayed TIFF content over the next few days. Definitely some reviews, the best and worst of the festival (in terms of the filmsContinue reading “TIFF Wrap-up”

The Day – Post-apocalyptic action from Douglas Aarniokoski

I wanted to like Douglas Aarniokoski’s The Day, I really did. The stills looked awesome. The action promised to take place almost solely at an abandoned farm house, and regular readers will know that I absolutely LOVE films that use a single location effectively. The film also had a few big names in the castContinue reading “The Day – Post-apocalyptic action from Douglas Aarniokoski”

Lovely Molly Review (TIFF 2011) – From the director of The Blair Witch Project

Lovely Molly is the continuation of director Eduardo Sánchez’s experiment with first person horror, the initial part of the experiment being The Blair Witch Project. However, the majority of the film is not shot from the first person point of view, unlike Blair Witch. The technique is used sparingly and primarily for time spent aloneContinue reading “Lovely Molly Review (TIFF 2011) – From the director of The Blair Witch Project”

Intruders Review TIFF 2011

I think the horror genre often gets accused of not having anything important or interesting to say about real issues in the real world. I know that some genres are better suited for discussing serious issues, but sometimes a topic comes along that the horror genre has a claim to. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intruders exploresContinue reading “Intruders Review TIFF 2011”