Superlative Storytelling: Our Review of ‘Colossal’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ April 21, 2017
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Superlative Storytelling: Our Review of ‘Colossal’

There’s a constant absurd nature to Colossal, but it is unquestionably the most majestic, controlled, and powerful absurdity possible. The entire conceit of this drama-fantasy hybrid is peculiar, but it’s also ancillary. The film is so perfectly-executed, so wonderfully balanced in tone and scope that what unfolds is an impactful medley of joy, despair, hatred, wonder, and amusement.

With Colossal, though, the less you know, the better – so we’ll be vague. From Nacho Vigalondo, this initially capricious and later darkly uncomfortable film follows Gloria (Anne Hathaway) from the big city back home to the suburbs, looking to collect herself after …

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Listless History: Our Review of ‘The Promise’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ April 21, 2017
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Listless History: Our Review of ‘The Promise’

Sometimes the best of intentions can only get you so far.  The Promise tries too hard to generate genuine emotion out of history rather than the dynamic between characters and it ends up as a flat and lifeless affair that looks very pretty but we ultimately don’t give a damn about.

The year is 1914 and the world is on edge as the Great War is looming and the Ottoman Empire is on the brink of crumbling.  The city of Constantinople which was a vibrant and multicultural centre on the shores of the Bosporus and it is on the brink of …

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Bumbling Travels: Our Review of ‘The Lost City of Z’

Theatrical ‐ April 20, 2017
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Bumbling Travels: Our Review of ‘The Lost City of Z’

In telling the true story of early 20th Century British explorer Percy Fawcett, writer and director James Gray can’t overcome one particular component of this would-be adventure tale: real life.

While Fawcett travelled to and from uncharted regions in South America over the course of decades including a final time with his son following a stint serving in World War II, Gray struggles to maintain a compelling pace and exciting story. There is strong acting by Charlie Hunnam as the intrepid explorer, there is a beautiful colour palette that looks like how we think the early 20th century felt, but this …

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A Few Minutes With Nacho Vigalondo, Director of Colossal

Interviews ‐ April 20, 2017
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Despite its title and one or two larger-than-life characters, Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal is a surprisingly intimate and personal film, with a very specific thematic target.

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) loses her boyfriend and retreats from New York City to regroup in her small hometown as the film begins, finding work as a waitress and reconnecting with an old childhood friend.

“My little town for me represents something similar to Gloria” said Vigalondo during a phone interview ahead of Colossal’s Toronto release. “I live in  Madrid, I’m a filmmaker, I live a filmmaker’s life, so going back to town represents the warm place …

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Narrow Audience: Our Review of ‘Born In China’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ April 20, 2017
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Narrow Audience: Our Review of ‘Born In China’

Even in the depths of the cinematheque, it’s important to once in a while find your way back to nature.  In the latest installment of the Disneynature Series which is basically the big screen equivalent of animal videos on YouTube brings us Born In China; a culturally interesting but kind of dull affair that just gets to be a little too long in the tooth for a trip to the cinema.

Framed around the four seasons, Born In China is a wildlife drama that follows the families of endangered animals in China.

This really is the kind of film that defies any …

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Dirty Fun: Our Review of ‘Free Fire’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ April 20, 2017
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Dirty Fun: Our Review of ‘Free Fire’

When you go main stream, there’s always going to be some mild compromises along the way.  As writer/director Ben Wheatley works with as main stream of a cast as he ever has for the very first time, Free Fire is a fun, violent laden action romp that keeps a fantastic sense of fun and dead pan humor while only dialing back on some of the comedic severity that has made some of his movies beloved and borderline iconic in the more indie filmmaking and festival going circles.

It’s the mean streets of Boston in the late 1970’s as Justine (Brie Larson) …

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Quietly ****ked Up: Our Review of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (1990) on Blu-Ray

Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies ‐ April 19, 2017
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Quietly ****ked Up: Our Review of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (1990) on Blu-Ray

The future is here…or at least I certainly hope not.

With an updated version available on Hulu for our neighbours to the south, the 1990 version of The Handmaid’s Tale is now out on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack and even though 27 years have passed it still serves as prescient and creepy as it ever was, despite the production problems that surrounded it.

It’s the not so distant future and Kate (Natasha Richardson) a strong-willed and beautiful woman possesses a precious commodity that most women have lost and all men want to control, fertility.  After leaving a brain …

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You Deserve A Break Today…By Winning A Copy of ‘The Founder’ on Blu-Ray!!!!

Blu-Ray/DVD, Giveaways/Contests, Movies ‐ April 18, 2017
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Sometimes having it your way, isn’t always the best way for everyone involved.

The Founder is the true to life story of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery; McDonalds, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses that the world has ever seen.  Kroc manages t turn a wholesome family eatery into a multinational conglomerate with his unique mix of blind ambition, stubborn persistence and ruthlessness.

Thanks to our friends at Elevation Pictures we have a copy of this true to life story of ambition run amok for you to win on Blu-Ray.  Your chance …

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Time For A Sneak Peek at ‘The Endless’!!!!

Blog, Festivals, Movies, News ‐ April 18, 2017
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We don’t often do this, but for these guys we have to make an exception.

Friends and favorites here at ‘In The Seats’; Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have gone back into the cinematic dream mill and come out with their latest theatrical effort; The Endless.  It’s the story of two brothers who return to a cult that they fled from years ago believing that perhaps the beliefs of this cult just aren’t as crazy as they once thought.

Having already delighted audiences with efforts like Resolution & Spring, Toronto audiences who got to know them at past installments of TIFF and …

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Animated Action: Our Review of ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’

Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies ‐ April 18, 2017
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Animated Action: Our Review of ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’
  • Release Date: 4/18/2017
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Even teenage superheroes have some real world problems.

In the latest installment of Teen Titans entitled The Judas Contract, we are reunited with the team led by Star fire along with Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the newly returned Nightwing and their cohesive bond in their never ending battle against evil has never been stronger.  However their newest teammate, Terra is changing the team dynamic bringing unknown power and mystery to the table.  Meanwhile there is an ancient evil brewing in the form of Brother Blood who has awakened from the slumber and their …

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