Film Festival

TIFF 2014 Adds New Films From Roy Andersson, Takashi Miike, Sion Sono, & More To Lineup Film Festival

TIFF 2014 Adds New Films From Roy Andersson, Takashi Miike, Sion Sono, & More To Lineup

Still parsing through the lineup of 59 films announced by the Toronto International Film Festival last week? Well TIFF was just getting started. Today the festival revealed films set to play in several programmes. Read on to learn what programmes were announced, along with some of the more notable films in the bunch. First up Read More
Wasabi Roe On a Bagel?! Julie Cohen Says It’s Delicious, Tells Us Where We Can Find It Film Festival

Wasabi Roe On a Bagel?! Julie Cohen Says It’s Delicious, Tells Us Where We Can Find It

For 100 years, Russ & Daughters has been serving delicious smoked fish to New Yorkers from its original location in the lower-east side. Filmmaker Julie Cohen took it upon herself to celebrate the centennial cinematically with The Sturgeon Queens, a jaunty chronicling of the store’s history that’s both full of attitude and touchingly nostalgic. In a Read More
Fantasia Festival 2014: Honeymoon Film Festival

Fantasia Festival 2014: Honeymoon

The honeymoon phase is meant to be one of the happiest moments in people’s lives. Which makes it the perfect backdrop for a horror film, of course! Director Leigh Janiak has been itching to make her first feature film for quite some time and finally, together with writing partner Phil Graziadei, she’s concocted a psychological Read More
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow Film Festival

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

The most renowned Jewish film festival in the world, the 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, kicks off tomorrow night at the Castro Theater for a three-week run of stunning, independent films from across the globe. Through every genre of cinema–from action, to documentary, to comedy, to romance–the festival’s line-up celebrates Jewish-ness for people from all Read More
LAFF 2014: Man From Reno Film Festival

LAFF 2014: Man From Reno

The winner of the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Narrative Award went to a film I was lucky enough to catch after the festival. Dave Boyle (Daylight Savings, White on Rice) presents a suspenseful and intriguing mystery with his neo-noir The Man from Reno. An engaging thriller, the film’s mystery unfolds in intricate deliberation, and its Read More
LAFF 2014 Closing Night: Jersey Boys Film Festival

LAFF 2014 Closing Night: Jersey Boys

A little more on the biopic spectrum than a lavish stage-to-screen production as most cinematized musicals tend to be, Jersey Boys evokes the same nostalgia putting on a record of The Four Seasons would illicit but tends to lose steam between musical numbers. Clint Eastwood, as beloved as he is, shows his age somewhat in this Read More
LAFF 2014: Dear White People Film Festival

LAFF 2014: Dear White People

Before Wednesday’s Los Angeles Film Festival Gala Screening of Dear White People, director Justin Simien, along with exec-producer Stephanie Allain, told white members of the audience that they were absolutely “allowed to laugh”. An ominous sort of joke, but considering the deep satire contained within this Sundance favorite, it was a joke entirely in keeping Read More
LAFF 2014: Cut Bank Film Festival

LAFF 2014: Cut Bank

Discovering that director Matt Shakman has worked a lot in television, most recently on FX’s television adaptation of the Coen brothers’ film Fargo, came as no surprise after watching his first foray into filmmaking, Cut Bank. Walking the line between thriller and dark comedy, the film boasts an all-star cast who can’t completely make-up for some Read More
LAFF 2014: The Well Film Festival

LAFF 2014: The Well

Falling squarely within the Los Angeles Film Festival’s” The Beyond” category — which they describe as “daring to be different” — The Well is a post-apocalyptic film that tells a simple story convincingly, especially considering its director, Thomas S. Hammock, has up until now focused his career on production design. Taking place in a future world of water-depleted desperation, Read More