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  1. TIFF Review: It Follows (2014)


    Unique. That is the word that first comes to mind after a screening of David Robert Mitchellís It Follows which has now shown twice to accepting audiences at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

    It Follows is the story about a sexually transmitted haunting. Let me repeat that sentence so that in sinks in a little bit. It Follows is the story about a sexually transmitted haunting. The haunting is all too real for teenager Jay (Maika Monroe). After a ...
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  2. TIFF Review: The World of Kanato (2014)



    Akio Fukamachiís novel, Hateshinaki Kawaki became a bestseller in 2004. It was said to be too bold, too lurid, too gaudy ever to be made into a feature film. Tetsuya Nakashima has proven them wrong.

    The World of Kanako stars KŰji Yakusho (The Eel, Cure, Babel) as Akikazu, a former police officer whose life has gone to shit. After catching his wife cheating on him Akikazuís life has fallen apart. Separated from his wife and daughter and living in squalor as he ...
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  3. TIFF Update: Films are so-so, Whiplash was fantastic, actors are tiny

    The Toronto International Film Festival is almost at the half way mark and for us, the results have been a mixed bag. The weather has been terrific and the volunteers seem more educated and equipped to crowd manage this year. All good things in city that bustles with stars and VIPís while showcasing oer 350 films from around the world.

    Our selection of films could have been better though. The Drop and The Keeping Room both disappointed. Neither film was able to reach the dramatic ...
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  4. Interview with actor Nick Principe

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    I recently had the chance to have an interview with an actor who's work I've admired for some time - Nick Principe (the man who sliced and diced his way through two Laid to Rest films as the silently demented killer, Chromeskull) - his body of work is all the more impressive simply due to the fact that he's a jack-of-all-trades: Acting, writing, producing, stuntwork, you name it, he's done it - as a matter of fact he took time out of his busy schedule ...
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  5. TIFF Review: The Keeping Room


    The setting is the South Carolina in the final days of the American Civil War. Three southern women (Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Muna Otaru) learn to survive by farming, hunting and other daily chores they are thrust to complete due to the absence of men who are off fighting. Their farm is isolated, so help is not readily available. They must struggle and work to survive.

    Their tedious and repetitive days are brought into turmoil when two Yankee scouts ...
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