Toronto 2014: First Wave, Galas And Special Presentations

Like clockwork, the publicity machine for the Toronto International Film Festival revs up about this time every year to announce a number of the high profile films coming to the festival in September. A few Gala Red Carpet world premieres... More »
  

THE SACRAMENT: Watch This 'Brother And Sister' Clip From Ti West's Horror

Ti West's latest horror film The Sacrament is currently available on iTunes and OnDemand. It will open in cinemas on June 6. CraveOnline got an exclusive clip from the film to share with everyone. So a virtual pat on their... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks RUSH, ENOUGH SAID, DON JON and More!

Another fine week with Scott Laurie, talking (again!) about Rush, Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said, and Joseph Gordon Levitt's Don Jon. Plus, a shout-out to the Vancouver International Film Festival, including the (fabbo) Rhymes For Young Ghouls.Video embedded below... More »
  

TIFF 2013: Twitch's Super Wrap With All Our Reviews and Top Fest Picks - UPDATED

* Now Updated with more reviews and features! See the links below in bold. * Another crazy and wonderful year of the Toronto International Film Fest has come to a close and again Twitch's coverage has been second to... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY, A Serious (And Funny) Testament To A Lost Age

Once upon a time, Jews were funny. You'd turn on Ed Sullivan, and some Ashkenaz from the Lower East Side would be kvetching about his wife (please), or slyly kibitzing about slurping soup in a deli. Alan Zweig's documentary makes... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: UNFORGIVEN, A Remake That Acts As Love Letter Rather Than Redux

The cross-pollination between Japanese chambara films and the traditional Hollywood-style Western has resulted in some of the most important films in cinema history. As Kurosawa looked to John Ford for inspiration, the cycle would continue in the 60s and 70s... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: MANAKAMANA Transcends The Simplicity Of Its Journey

Two elderly women sit in a gondola while it travels down a verdant Nepalese mountain.  Having visited the Manakamana temple earlier in the day, they have purchased ice cream on a stick for the ride down and it is melting... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: THE ARMSTRONG LIE Expertly Explores One of Sports' Most Fascinating Stories

We're living in a great time for sports documentary filmmaking. ESPN's 30 For 30 series has featured a number of fantastic films by notable filmmakers that have played at such film festivals as Sundance and Toronto. Just two years... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Interview: Twitch Talks R100 With Matsumoto Hitoshi

Thursday, September 12, 2013 proved to be one of those extraordinary festival days for me. I found myself closing the day with a trio of highly interesting films from Asia, the last two forming one of the most perfect... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS Is A Must See Debut

"The day I found my mother dead I aged by one thousand years." So begins this harrowing, explosive debut from Jeff Barnaby. The backstory may be unfamiliar to international audiences - the post-genocide period of my country's treatment of its... More »
  

Watch The U.S. Trailer For Palme d'Or Winning BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

The big winner at Cannes this past spring was Blue Is The Warmest Color, Abdellatif Kechiche's screen adaptation of the graphic novel Blue Angel. A coming-of-ager that got quite a bit of initial attention for its graphic sex scenes between... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: PALO ALTO Ushers In A New Generation Of Angst

It's difficult to imagine what kind of pressure having the last name Coppola brings to a young girl interested in becoming a filmmaker. With an aunt who has continually churned out interesting (if divisive) hits, a well-respected filmmaker uncle,... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: ENOUGH SAID Simply Falls Flat

I saw Enough Said at a festival screening surrounded by several of my colleagues. They laughed at the jokes (there are many), they fell for the characters, and they left the film happy and content with this presumably insightful and... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: A Fine Madness

I popped my TIFF cherry at midnight on the last night of the Toronto International Film Festival in 1999, at a screening of Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris, preceded by the short film George Lucas in Love, and hosted... More »
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TIFF 2013 Review: STARRED UP, A Gritty And Intense Morality Play

Starred Up is a gritty, intense, and shockingly unique take on the prison drama genre. Yes, there are echoes of the likes of HBO's OZ, but David MacKenzie's take on the family dynamics in jail is executed in a fresh... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Music Doc Dispatch: 12.12.12 And MADE IN AMERICA

There are loads of ways to do a concert documentary. One is to simply shoot the goings on that take place on stage - set up a bunch of cameras and be done with it. Given that the majority of... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: SUNSHINE ON LEITH Supplies Musical Warmth

What would happen if Ken Loach or Mike Leigh made a musical? You know, cast a bunch of hardscrabble Brits in a family drama, add a bit of grit and friction, and set it all within the context of a... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: In THE F WORD, F Is For Fresh

Ah, the 20-something romantic comedy. A genre usually filled with twee Emo-soundtrack tunes, magical or manic pixie dreamgirls, and the shuffling boys who win their love through good heartedness. Some are decent, some utterly wretched, but most follow a pretty... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: BAD WORDS, Jason Bateman's Dark And Funny Debut

The career of Jason Batemen is rather fascinating. Rising from a sidekick on Silver Spoons early in his career, he stumbled through a number of films that his sister's sit-com sibling would pass on (including the truly egregious Teen Wolf Too).... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: ENEMY Explores Villeneuve's More Unique Side

With film, things often come in pairs. Sometimes the doubles are explicit; some studio vying with another for a given plot, be it a tale of animated insects or impending asteroid impacts. Sometimes, the twinning takes the form of accidental... More »
  
 
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