You don’t have to be a Nick Cave aficionado to appreciate the brilliant new documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. In fact, you don’t need to know a single song from his musical catalog. This isn’t a love letter to one performer, but to the universality of creativity; where one idea can sprout and prosper and die, only to be transformed by another creative liar. By melding narration, music, memories and ghosts, the filmmakers have created a classic documentary about the artistic process.
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TIFF 14: ‘Shrew’s Nest’ and ‘Spring’ tackle the complex nature of femininity and love, in their own twisted ways
Over the years, TIFF’s Midnight Madness programme has lost some of its grit. Once upon a time, a film as bodacious as Shrew’s Nest would have graced its lineup. Now, the Vanguard programme seems to have stepped up to take its place. Where Madness highlights trendier, more easily digestible content, Vanguard takes on the more obscure. Sexy, gritty, dirty, and horrific, Vanguard’s content is far more outlandish than its older, now slightly more restrained, cousin. Odd when you consider both programmes are curated by the jovial horror fanatic Colin Geddes.
Whiplash offers stellar performances and a powerful, morally ambiguous plot.
Heaven Knows What is a horrifying and remarkable piece of cinema that feels both alarmingly alive and alien.
While Spring does not necessarily live up to the promise of its premise, it is without a doubt one of the most original monster features in recent years.
If you weren’t at this year’s Montreal Comic-con, which was held from the 12th until the 14th of September at the Palais des Congres, then did you ever miss out. Although the Montreal convention isn’t normally known for its selection of guests, this year the con managed to not just pull in a few stars, but a few living legends too.
Gracing the city with his iconic presence was legendary film writer and director, George A. Romero. The man who invented zombies with his film Night Of The Living Dead (1968) not only came to Montreal, not only had his own Q&A panel with Ken Foree (known best for his work in Dawn Of The Dead, 1978), but had a booth where fans of his work could meet him one on one and speak with him. He was down to earth, quick as a whip, and a genuinely nice guy as his fans lined up to ask him the questions that have been on their mind since seeing his films.
'The Kings of Summer' director and 'Thor' actor set for 2016's 'Skull Island'
TIFF 2014: ‘Foxcatcher’ a dark spin on the American dream with engrossing uses of sound and performance
With Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) directs a tragic tale of American ambition gone awry. It’s a grave and stately undertaking that’s based on the real story of John du Pont, heir to one of the richest families in America, who dreamed of building a wrestling team around the talents of two gold medal wrestlers that came from modest means. The inequality of power pushes the tension between the three over the edge. Although the film isn’t an awe-inspiring achievement as a whole, the performances and atmosphere stimulate the senses and hold a firm grip on the viewer’s attention.
With Top Five, Chris Rock is standing firm that audiences deserve better than what they’re getting
Benoît Jacquot’s 3 Coeurs is one of the weaker entries in this year’s TIFF line-up.
TIFF 2014: Adam Driver dominates Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’ and Saverio Costanzo’s ‘Hungry Hearts’
Adam Driver is hilarious in Noah Baumbach’s latest, and also carries Saverio Costanzo’s more cerebral drama about child neglect.