Annual coverage of Toronto's "Festival of Festivals"
Joker, director and co-writer Todd Phillips’ dark and violent attempt to tell the origin story of one of the nastiest comic book villains of all time, is, like the character at the centre of it all, hard to define, but leaves an indelible impression.
Not much more than another standard tale of a young person learning to get over a tragic loss and believe in themselves through the help of a magical creature, Abominable doesn’t break any new ground in animated storytelling whatsoever, but at least it’s cute, enjoyable, and has a lot of heart.
Swerving around many of the cliched potholes modern day biopics about famous performers all too frequently and gleefully drive over at full speed, Judy smartly profiles its larger-than-life subject and talent at a couple of fixed, well chosen points in time rather than mounting a standard riches to rags tale.
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band - which recently became the first ever Canadian documentary to open the Toronto International Film Festival - is a one-sided, boilerplate, but somewhat personable look at one of rock and roll’s most divisive figures.
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Director Molly McGlynn's <em>Mary Goes Round</em> opened at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas in Toronto today, and it's a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and dark drama about a young woman, played by Aya Cash, who has to deal with a major substance abuse problem as she comes to terms with a father she hardly knows.
Canadian writer and director Mina Shum is back doing what she does best, giving us movies that are uniquely personal and hit from the heart. Her latest film, <em>Meditation Park</em>, had Shum digging into her Chinese roots. It's a bittersweet dramedy about 60-year-old Maria (played by legendary actress Cheng Pei Pei) who has devoted decades to her husband (Tzi Ma, whose performance in the film has garnered him a 2018 Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Actor in a Leading Role).
Look at where a year took us! At the start of 2017, it seemed like 2016 was going to be <a href="https://www.thegate.ca/blog/027435/best-of-2016/">hard to top</a>. In 2016 I visited <a href="https://www.thegate.ca/places/hong-kong/">Hong Kong</a>, L.A. for <a href="https://www.thegate.ca/blog/026858/hollywood-hamilton-watch-behind-camera-awards/">Hamilton Watch's Behind the Camera Awards</a>, and I had a lot of really incredible interviews. But 2017 topped all of my expectations.
Have you ever seen a movie SO bad you just can't stop watching? Well... The Room (2003) written, starring and directed by Tommy Wiseau is just one of those films and it's subject of the new feature, The Disaster Artist.