Archive for the ‘Toronto International Film Festival’ Category

A scene from Juan of the DeadThe zombie is a universal monster. It knows no color or creed, reanimating and attacking everyone equally. So, regardless of the explanation, there’s no reason the affliction shouldn’t cross to the island paradise of Cuba and turn it into a bloody playground. (more…)

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A scene from KotokoPostpartum depression is a serious mental illness that affects an estimated 13 per cent of mothers. Symptoms include problems sleeping and thoughts of suicide, and it can have a negative impact on a child’s development. It’s unclear when Kotoko’s illness began, but it appears to have become significantly worse since the birth of her son. (more…)

A scene from CountdownDespite the title and important deadline, Countdown wouldn’t really be categorized as a “race against the clock” picture. It rarely even provides a time check. Instead, it begins as a pretty straightforward action film; but by the end, it transforms into something entirely and unexpectedly different. (more…)

A scene from Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaOnce Upon a Time in Anatolia… a large group consisting of police, public officials, military and civilian workers were led through a dark, Turkish desert by a man accused of murder. They were in search of the buried body of his victim – only he couldn’t remember exactly where he placed it. So they trek blindly through the desolate land, stopping at the slightest recognition of a landmark only to discover it’s similar to a place marker that can be found further up the road. The search continues to be fruitless and tensions rise as the night grows longer. But the conversation never gets tired. (more…)

A scene from The DayWhen it comes to post-apocalyptic movies, we’ve pretty much seen it all: vampires, zombies, disease, nuclear holocaust. Whatever the reason, the world becomes a bleak, dangerous place void of law or peace. In The Day, you get to pick your poison because the filmmakers don’t want to waste you’re valuable time duplicating what you’ve already seen; instead, they jump right into the middle of the story and never look back. (more…)

A scene from Michael“He was quiet; kept to himself.” “He seemed so normal.” “There was that one time I dropped by to say ‘Hi’ and he acted very strangely. But I never would have guessed…” “I can’t believe my son could do this…” These are the types of things uttered after it’s discovered a monster lived among us. These are things people would say about the film’s title character, Michael, after his secret was uncovered. (more…)

A scene from SnowtownIt doesn’t say “based on a true story” in the opening credits, but mention Snowtown to anyone in Australia and they’ll know to what you’re referring: the “Bodies in Barrels” murders. In 1999, four men were charged in the murders of 11 people over a seven-year period. Most of the bodies were hidden in barrels in an old bank building and two were buried in a backyard. (more…)