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Kevin G.
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Before I start, I have to say I have terrible, terrible diction. I talk to fast and I mumble. My high school drama coach made me rehearse with marbles in my mouth, and to no lasting effect. My wife rarely understands anything I say without asking me to repeat myself.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at tiff.
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I know Bulgaria isn't Russia, but this Bulgarian film reads like a short story by Tolstoy or Google. It would start something like this. The Lesson In a small town in Bulgaria, close enough to the nearest city that you could walk there if you needed to, but far enough... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at tiff.
Yes, there's a period in the title. The filmmaker says all his titles have that. It doesn't "mean" anything. Though I notice that it does make it a complete sentence. So the word becomes an intransitive verb? Hmm. Trailer: So if you're making a movie about a guy windsurfing from... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at tiff.
You're a hard-as-nails sea captain with a heart. The national economy is tanking, the fish aren't biting any more, your old boat is falling apart, and/or your own "luck has run out." You get an offer to ship some illegal immigrants in from mainland China, for good money. Of course... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at tiff.
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I rushed! I got in! I've had two conversation here about how much better tiff. was back in the old days. It was much more "The People's Film Festival" they say. Tickets were two bucks. You could wait in the rush line in camraderie with a bunch of other regular... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at tiff.
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"Welcome to the new South Africa" says the trailer. Yeah, I guess we're in Africa today. Anti-violence from A Single Word. But now an exploitation flick? Joe Bob Briggs would have loved this movie. Does anybody remember Joe Bob Briggs any more? More than Rogert Ebert, I would list Joe... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at tiff.
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And here we are on Tuesday. I walked here throug the Kensington Market neightborhood, a vibrant mix of tiny ethnic shops, porches a street scene. A guy running for local election was pimping his friendship with the last Jane Jacobs, who moved here after writing her book... A Single Word:... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at tiff.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at tiff.
I don’t remember why I picked this movie. It was a while ago, and there’s been a lot of stimulation this past week. This is my last film of the festival. I don’t remember picking this movie. But as I start watching it, I remember that I heard the title,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at tiff.
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Venice is a movie from Cuba, which you don’t see much of around here. The last movie from Cuba I saw was Our Man In Havana, which was filmed in 1958. There's probably been more recent movies, but they haven't hit the local multiplexes recently. Venice is the story of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at tiff.
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Sing, sing a song, sing a happy song... --what they sing in heaven when you're dead I've been here for almost a week now, and seen I think fifteen movies. The boundaries between world and film are starting to get a little hazy. And I sit down in the "Bloor... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at tiff.
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If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. I've never not liked a Ron Howard film. Actually, I don't think you can go wrong going to see something he bothered to put his name on, unless you're a total asshole. The Good... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at tiff.
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I just turned 49 yesterday. Holy shit, how did that happen? I don't even remember turning 30. Whatever, I'm definitely rolling down the tail end of middle age. This film takes place in that space. You can't pee at will any more. At work they are expecting you to be... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at tiff.
Oh, dear. I had such high hopes for this one. I lived in Crakow for a year back in 2011, and fell in love with the Polish film industry. It seemed like every Pole I met was a cinephile, and the best of Polish film has such a huge mature... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at tiff.
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Ah, the silver screen. Silent film. Shanghai cinema. Exploitation films. Social issues. Good stuff. Interesting irony here. The main character, played by Ruan Lingyu, is trying to raise her kid and make a living as a prostitute at the same time. She tries to find other work, but can't get... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at tiff.
Ah, here's my taste of current events for the week. First a little history In 1999 the government of Iran (the religious leaders who really run things) tried an experiement with a moderate government in helping the country recover from the Iran-Iraq war. The imams didn't like the results and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at tiff.
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Sep 9, 2014
Ah, this is the film I flew five hours to see. If this is the only good movie I see while I'm here, it will have been worth the price of the plane fare. If the point of a film, the point of Art really, is to entertain, or to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at tiff.
Apparently they looked at three thousand films to come up with the selection they're presenting here. That's a big number. It occurred to me halfway through this that there must have been a lot of really uninteresting ones if these are the ones that made the cut. The other thought... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at tiff.
There are some movies that make the ride to the bottom, to absolute rock bottom, that downhill unstoppable roller coaster ride to "worse than you ever thought it could get" terrifying and exciting. John Cusack in The Grifters. Patrick Dewaere in Serie Noire based on Jim Thompson's Hell of a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at tiff.
Al Pacino is getting old. Holly Hunter is getting old. Getting old is hard. Being old and cranky is hard. I appreciate movies that aren't all about 22-year-olds, but that about sums this one up. That and Texas sucks to live in, it hasn't changed any since The Last Picture... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at tiff.
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at tiff.
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Getting easier now that I know the ropes. FWIW, the back-half time range actually runs *Tuesday* through the end, which is really almost the whole festival. The biggest drawback is that the selection window is the day *after* single tickets go on sale, so anything that's not obscure is already... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at tiff.
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Single tickets went on sale today (Sunday morning). You get a place in line as soon as you hit the page, and then again you get 60 minutes from your first selection. I don't see any premiums on the closing Thursday or Friday. Either they're already gone and removed from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at tiff.
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Jeez, that was stressful. You get sixty minutes from your first pick. The beginning of my window was only two and a half hours from the end of the festival window. I already see two places where I botched it. Turner on Sunday night was sold out, I should have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at tiff.