Film Festival

TIFF Adds Films by Thomas McCarthy, Lynn Shelton, Olivier Assayas & More Film Festival

TIFF Adds Films by Thomas McCarthy, Lynn Shelton, Olivier Assayas & More

Another week, another slew of TIFF announcements. And while the full line-up is yet to be revealed (that’ll be next week), TIFF certainly brought out the big guns today. Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent) will premiere his newest film The Cobbler at the festival, while early festival favorites Lynn Shelton‘s (Humpday, Your Sister’s Read More
Mysterious Jigsaw Puzzles Inspired Steve Mims’ New Indie, ‘Arlo and Julie’ Film Festival

Mysterious Jigsaw Puzzles Inspired Steve Mims’ New Indie, ‘Arlo and Julie’

Playing at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival tomorrow night at the California Theater in Berkeley, Austin-based filmmaker Steve Mims’ Arlo & Julie is a quirky indie comedy about the titular couple, who begin receiving mysterious jigsaw puzzle pieces in the mail. More optimistic than your typical suburban indie, the film uses elements of mystery and light-hearted humor Read More
Fantasia 2014: The Drownsman Film Festival

Fantasia 2014: The Drownsman

The Drownsman stars Michelle Mylett as Madison, a young woman we know absolutely nothing about. Madison’s best friend Hannah (Caroline Korycki) just got engaged, and after accepting Hannah’s request to be maid of honour, Madison nearly drowns in an accident. Madison had a vision of a hulking, demonic-looking person locking her in a basement while Read More
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