TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Our People Will Be Healed’

Film Festivals, Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 12, 2017
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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Our People Will Be Healed’

Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin comes out with bursts of movies once in a while. Although she does come out consistently with a film every year since the 1990’s. Yes, she’s reportedly has a misstep or two. But Our People Will Be Healed is not one of them. Here she explores how the First Nations people in Norway House, Manitoba reconnect with their land.

This documentary happens to be both comprehensive and show focus. There are some necessary digressions by the half hour mark. But the film’s main goal is to show the progress in the education of Norway House’s youngest. Obomsawin talked to the school’s …

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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Luk’Luk’I’

Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 12, 2017
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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Luk’Luk’I’

Here’s a docudrama where the actors play fictionalized versions of themselves. A sex worker (Angel Gates) motors across town to buy a gift for her daughter. A labourer (Eric Buurman) and a skateboarder (Joe Buffalo) deals with fractured families and drugs. Roller Girl (Roller Girl) puts on her skates and make-up, trying to negotiate a merchandise deal. And a different abled man (Ken Harrower) tries to get tickets to the Canada-US game in the 2010 Winter Olympics. The film covers 24 hours of these characters’ lives but there’s a sense it captures their daily difficulties. It shows what’s within and beyond their …

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TIFF 2017: Our Review Of ‘High Fantasy’

Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 12, 2017
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Four youngsters go on a road trip to a farm in the north of South Africa. One night, after some stellar kush is partook, all four find themselves in the wrong person’s body.

Director Jenna Bass uses the film’s iPhone style to good effect. She sets the mood of the film as a story about these youths all with a cell phone in hand and a strange need to record any and everything that happens to and around themselves. The film thrives in these overly sincere moments. Before the swap we watch as these characters all annoy and have fun together. …

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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Mademoiselle Paradis’

Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 12, 2017
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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Mademoiselle Paradis’

Austrian auteur Barbara Albert chooses deliberately how to depict Maria Theresia von Paradis (Maria Dragus). She’s a piano player, we should see her hands. But instead it’s just a close-up of Resi’s face during the film’s first scene. It recalls a discomfort in seeing the eyes of a person who doesn’t see things the way most people do. That’s if they can see at all. And even if we can’t see her hands we can feel them, as Resi moves left and right. She reaches on for dear life for the keys so she can play in front of audiences …

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TIFF 2017: Our Highlights from Short Cuts Programme 2

Festival Coverage, Movies, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 12, 2017
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The Argument (with annotations)
Dir. Daniel Cockburn

Daniel Cockburn’s latest work is a smart, witty, and at times dizzying, exploration into language and cinema. Featuring clips from numerous films ranging from The Shining to 300, the film is stirring look at how we interpret words and how easily we accept things not actually said. Feeling like a delightful university visual essay at times, Cockburn’s inclusion of onscreen annotations ensures that audience will need multiple viewings just to decipher it all.

Wicked Girl
Dir. Ayce Kartal

Inspired by a true story, Wicked Girl is a haunting animated film that is uneasy to shake from one’s mind. …

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TIFF 2017: Our Highlights from Short Cuts Programme 1

Festival Coverage, Movies, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 12, 2017
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Rupture
Dir. Yassmina Karajah

A trip to find a specific pool proves to be a quiet an emotional journey four Arabic youth new to Canada. In her touching film Rupture, director Yassmina Karajah uses a seemingly simple journey to highlight the persistent struggles that many immigrants face. One of the biggest hurdles being the vulnerability that comes with not speaking the language. Through her cast of first-time actors Karajah effectively points out that a new land does not erase the horrors of the past. The terrible things these young people have witness, and the atrocities still being inflicted on loved ones left …

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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Living Proof’

Festival Coverage, Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 12, 2017
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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Living Proof’

This is not Matt Embry’s first at bat at filming a documentary but this time around it’s hitting him hard. We first see him walking out of someone’s house. And he’s crying. He won’t be as emotional in other scenes but throughout the film we see him interviewing people with Multiple Sclerosis. Most of the time, the camera comes back to him.

Which irked me a bit because I preferred that the spotlight be on his talking heads instead. But I kind of understand this choice now, as much as I can’t fully abide by it 100%. This man, which one …

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WIN ‘THE MUMMY’ ON BLU-RAY!!!!!

Blu-Ray/DVD, Giveaways/Contests, Movies ‐ September 12, 2017
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If you’re going to reboot a decades old series and franchise, you might as well start with one of the biggest stars on the planet.

Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sands of the Middle East through modern-day London, The Mummy balances wonder, thrills, and imagination.

The incomparable Tom Cruise stars as the man tasked to stop her and this action thriller that grossed over $400 …

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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘The Ritual’

Festival Coverage, Movies, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 09, 2017
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Four male friends hiking through uncharted woods serves plenty of terrifying potential in The Ritual; throw in some trauma, a murderous cult, and witty banter, and this British horror film hits all the marks.

When one member of a quintet of longtime and now middle-aged buddies dies a tragic death – with some guilt thrown in – the remaining group decides to carry on their vacation plans in his honour. The fallen’s suggestion was a trek through the norweigan mountainside, and unfortuantely for the men, not Ibiza.

It’s not long before they are halfway through their journey when one injuries an ankle, and …

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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Kissing Candice’

Festival Coverage, Movies, TIFF 2017 ‐ September 08, 2017
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TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Kissing Candice’

Aoife McArdle has spent the past 4 years making shorts and music videos. And now she switches to a full length feature for the Ireland-set Kissing Candice. This festival entry gives us a taste of what Irish audiences get locally. The name suggests a romantic coming of age story.

Genre aside, what Kissing Candice does best is capturing a version of what it’s like to grow up in a seaside town. And how its smallness can be stifling for its working and non-working class citizens. The film’s star is Ann Skelly, encapsulating Candice’s frustration without making that too heavy on its …

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