A Letter to Momo (Momo e no tegami) Review (TIFF 2011) – An enchanting journey to Shio Island

Adhering to the belief that there is something special about hand drawn animation that cannot be duplicated by computer animation, director Hiroyuki Okiura and Production I.G. have spent the past seven years making a magical masterpiece. A Letter to Momo rivals Studio Ghibli classics for pure imagination and charm, and is one of the most endearing,Continue reading “A Letter to Momo (Momo e no tegami) Review (TIFF 2011) – An enchanting journey to Shio Island”

god bless america (TIFF 2011) Review

It was very exciting last night going into Midnight Madness, we had a special guest. It turns out that Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait had attended a previous Midnight Madness screening, as a general audience member. Goldthwait saw A Horrible Way to Die, by Adam Wingard, the director of You’re Next, and was so inspired by theContinue reading “god bless america (TIFF 2011) Review”

From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka kara) Review (TIFF 2011)

Today at TIFF I checked out the new Japanese anime film, From up on Poppy Hill. This film is part of the TIFF kids program, so I was very worried about a few things. Would the movie be dubbed? Gross. Would there be kids running around? Also a little gross. Would an anime nerd, elbowContinue reading “From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka kara) Review (TIFF 2011)”

The Raid Review (TIFF 2011) – Iko Uwais is going to own you!

  Midnight Madness kicked off last night with Indonesia’s The Raid, which looked to have all the makings of a high paced action film. Director Gareth Evans and rising Indonesian action star Iko Uwais had previously worked together on Merantau, the story of a young man’s journey from his hometown village to the big city, andContinue reading “The Raid Review (TIFF 2011) – Iko Uwais is going to own you!”

TIFF 2011 – Just Around the Corner!

It’s almost time for one of the best film festivals on the planet! If you’ve been following Entertainment Maven then you know that I will be covering/reviewing the entire Midnight Madness segment of the festival, that focuses on wicked, weird and wonderful films from around the world. Midnight Madness features the programming of Colin Geddes,Continue reading “TIFF 2011 – Just Around the Corner!”