Caught up. Movies Reviewed: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Why Don't You Play in Hell?, Leviathan

In Leviathan, Kolya (Alexey Serebryakov) is sure the Mayor is up to no good. He's seizing his land and home so he can build himself a mansion. So he calls up his army buddy in Moscow to give him a hand. Dima (Vladimir Vdovitchenkov) is a lawyer. He comes to town fully loaded with files on the very corrupt mayor Vadim. This man has “blood on his hands” he says, and he has the documents to prove it...read more.


Hard Choices. Movies Reviewed: Two Days, One Night, Escobar: Paradise Lost

Nick (Josh Hutcherson) is a young Canadian who follows his brother down south to Colombia. He wants to camp with him on a beautiful beach near Medeillin. It’s a secret paradise with palm trees, sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. Well, one day he meets a pretty woman with raven hair and beautiful smile. And smart too. Her name is Maria (Claudia Traisac) and they hit it off. Then he meets her uncle Pablo on his vast estate. Nick wonders how he earned his fortune? Oh, says Maria, it’s cocaine. The locals have been cultivating coco leaves for centuries. Uncle Pablo just helps export an important national product. And his last name? He is Pablo Escobar, the world-famous drug lord...read more.


Daniel Garber talks to Canadian director Clement Virgo about his miniseries The Book of Negroes

It’s the late 18th century. Aminata Diallo, a young girl in West Africa, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American colonies. Later, during the Revolutionary war, the British crown promise freedom to all blacks who fight on their side. The British lose the war, but afterwards the loyalists are allowed to emigrate to Nova Scotia. But they face being re-enslaved unless they can prove their identity. So the multilingual Mina Diallo is enlisted to record the loyalists names in a crucial ledger so the men and woman can hold on to their hard-won freedom. The book where she writes the names is titled The Book Of Negroes. The Book of Negroes is also the name of a new, epic drama airing on CBC television. Based on the novel by Laurence Hill, it traces the story of Mina, tossed and turned by the vagaries of slavery and war across three continents, as she struggles to establish herself as a free woman and a woman in love. The miniseries is directed by award-winning Toronto filmmaker Clement Virgo, known for his films on boxing, sex, and identity...read more.


Sleeping and Dreaming. Movies Reviewed: Selma, Winter Sleep

In Selma, Alabama Annie Lee Cooper (Oprah Winfrey) attempts the unthinkable. She applies to register to vote. But the Jim Crow laws are still in full force, making it virtually impossible to do so… unless you’re white. So the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his confreres set off for Selma to bring the protest home. As a preacher, King is dedicated to non-violent resistance, modeled on Gandhi’s principals. But the local police have no such restriction,, clubbing, whipping, and even killing the unarmed protesters. But because the sheriff, mayor and governor are elected by a basically all-white electorate, the police can kill blacks with impunity. This makes the voters rights movement all the more important...read more.


Old and New. Movie reviewed: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, PLUS Best movies of 2014

It’s London, during the Blitz. German bombs keep falling, reducing streets to rubble, but Miss Parkins, the indefatigable school teacher, vows to carry on and keep the aspidistra flying. Her strict headmistress keeps things orderly and on time. But the dozen or so boys and girls face new losses each day. Especially little Edward who stops speaking at all when both his parents are killed in an air raid. So they all breathe a sigh of relief when the school is relocated to the countryside, out of harms way. (Or so they think...) Everything seems fine until they arrive at their new home, a crumbling, decrepit mansion. It is filled with strange shadows, creaky noises, and fleeting images of a woman in a black veil. The children – especially little Edward — are terrified because...read more.


Christmas biopics. Movies reviewed: Unbroken, Mr Turner

Mr Turner (Timothy Spall) is a successful businessman in Victorian London, who lives with his dad, a retired barber. He lives a good life, doesn’t worry about money. What does he do? He’s a painter. He visits the seashore to observe and take notes. He finds the right pigments in the market to match them. Later, he paints what he sees. On canvases, big ones, and lots of 'em. Breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, cloud and light. He daubs on oil paint, smooches it around, and spits on it! The results are spectacular and impressionistic, like nothing anyone had ever seen. At the same time, he’s a selfish, loathesome boor, who chews on pigs’ heads and belches...read more.


Daniel Garber talks with filmmaker Harold Crooks about his new documentary The Price We Pay

Harold Crooks' new documentary The Price We Pay is about the impact off-shore banking has on the world's economy. Harold talks about the City of London, the illusions of off-shoring, Canadian banks’ role in creating Caribbean tax havens, Thomas Picketty, Asterix, the redistribution of wealth upwards, austerity measures, the Robin Hood tax, the “equality of sacrifice”, Antonio Gramsci, and more...read more.


New Rules. Films Reviewed: Wild, Félix and Meira, Regarding Susan Sontag

Young, pretty and quirky, Meira lives with her stern husband and their baby. She comes from an insular, Chassidic community in Montreal. She likes drawing pictures and listening to reggae music…but only when her husband’s out of the house. She’s depressed. When the men burst into joyous songs at the Sabbath dinner table, she just fiddles with her matzo balls. A couple of blocks away, but in a separate solitude, lives Félix. He’s single and carefree, likes painting and music....read more.


Off the Beaten Track. Movies Reviewed: Serena, Gemma Bovery, Corner Gas: the Movie

Martin (Fabrice Luchini) is a Parisian intellectual who moves to small-town Normandy, near Rouen, to take over his dad's bakery. He likes kneading dough and pondering great literature. His thoughts are still filled with the 19th century novels of Flaubert. So imagine his surprise when a young English couple that moves into the dilapidated house next door, shares the names of the characters in Madame Bovery! Down-to-earth Charles repairs furniture, while his bored wife Gemma (Gemma Atherton) decorates homes. And just like Madame Bovery, she craves a more exciting life. Martin, though, knowns the book well, and believes he can predict every thought they have and every word they say...read more.


Daniel Garber talks with Leora Eisen about Two of a Kind, her new documentary on identical twins, on CBC TV's The Nature of Things and Discovery Channel

Identical twins are formed when a single zygote splits in half… resulting in two foetus with the same DNA. Twins are said to have a special kinship, and that they are closer even than best friends, brothers and sisters, married couples or soul mates. Though separate individuals, they could be seen as two of a kind. Two of a Kind is also the name of a new documentary about the truth and myths surrounding identical twins. It explores their similarities... and differences: their genetics, psychology, sociology, and personalities. Directed by documentary filmmaker Leora Eisen, the film looks at a series of fascinating...read more.


An Interview With Derek Hayes, Author of the New Book “The Maladjusted”

I've read all of your stories many times, but now I'd like to hear you talk a bit about them. There's a tone of black humour in this book, Derek, but would you say most of the short stories in your new collection, The Maladjusted (October, 2011, Thistledown Press) are comedies or tragedies... and why?

Derek Hayes: I think they are tragic for some of the characters, but not in any way that matters to anyone but themselves. And for this reason I hope readers will find the stories funny. I'm interested in characters that for their own personal, deeply-rooted reasons... (read more)



PODCASTS:   

Caught up. Movies Reviewed: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Why Don't You Play in Hell?, Leviathan

Hard Choices. Movies Reviewed: Two Days, One Night, Escobar: Paradise Lost

Daniel Garber talks to Canadian director Clement Virgo about his miniseries The Book of Negroes

Sleeping and Dreaming. Movies Reviewed: Selma, Winter Sleep

Old and New. Movie reviewed: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, PLUS Best movies of 2014

Christmas biopics. Movies reviewed: Unbroken, Mr Turner

Daniel Garber talks with filmmaker Harold Crooks about his new documentary The Price We Pay

New Rules. Films Reviewed: Wild, Félix and Meira, Regarding Susan Sontag

Off the Beaten Track. Movies Reviewed: Serena, Gemma Bovery, Corner Gas: the Movie

Daniel Garber talks with Leora Eisen about Two of a Kind, her new documentary on identical twins, on CBC TV's The Nature of Things and Discovery Channel

The price of dreams. Movies reviewed: Foxcatcher, Heartbeat

Daniel Garber talks to director Mariano Barroso about his new film All The Women at Toronto's EU Film Festival

Limbo. Movies Reviewed: The Homesman, West

Cracks in the Foundation. The Continent, Rocks in my Pockets, Rosewater

Daniel Garber talks with filmmaker John Pirozzi about his new documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll premiering at Toronto's ReelAsian Film Festival

Talking to People. Movies Reviewed: Dear White People, Mourning Grave, Propaganda, PLUS November Film Festivals!

Going, Going, Gone. Movies Reviewed: Wolf, Before I Go to Sleep, Force Majeure

Daniel Garber talks to actor Barrett Crake and writer/producer Eric Staley about their new film Eternity: The Movie

Peter Pan Syndrome. Movies Reviewed: Whiplash, Laggies, What We Do in the Shadows PLUS ImagineNATIVE

Love vs Sex. Movies reviewed: The Best of Me, White Bird in a Blizzard PLUS TIFF Cinematheque Free Screen

Zaniness. Movies reviewed: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, God Help the Girl PLUS October film festivals!

Daniel Garber talks with director Andrew Gregg about State of Incarceration, his new doc on CBC TV's Doc Zone

Mommies and Dollies. Films Reviewed: Mommy, Annabelle

Strange Sons. Movies Reviewed: The Boxtrolls, The Guest, The Notebook

Daniel Garber talks with Sono Sion and YOUNG DAIS about Tokyo Tribe at TIFF14

People’s Choice. Movies Reviewed: The Imitation Game, Honeymoon

Dark Humour at TIFF14. Films reviewed: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch…, The Editor, Wild Tales, Magical Girl

Le déclin de l’empire français. Films Reviewed: Run, Corbo, The Gate, Far From Men at TIFF14

Daniel Garber talks to Albert Shim and Igor Drljaca about their new film In Her Place at TIFF14

Daniel Garber talks with Alanis Obomsawin about her new NFB documentary Trick or Treaty? premiering at TIFF14

Stars as Commodities. Film Reviewed: The Congress PLUS TIFF14 Whiplash, Mommy, Heartbeat

Bromance vs Romance. Movies Reviewed: The November Man, Are You Here, Señoritas

Daniel Garber talks to Emmanuel Shirinian and Michael D. Cohen about their new film It Was You, Charlie

It Takes a Thief. Movies Reviewed: Mona Lisa is Missing, The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, The Rover

Intensity. Films reviewed: River of Fundament, Why Don't You Play in Hell?, All Cheerleaders Die

Daniel Garber talks with Ingrid Veninger about her new film The Animal Project

Likes. Movies reviewed: Chef, Being Ginger PLUS Luminato

Daniel Garber talks with Eric San (Kid Koala) about Nufonia Must Fall premiering at Luminato in June

Art House Dramas. Films Reviewed: We are the Best, Things the Way They Are, Eastern Boys

Daniel Garber talks with James Carman about his documentary The Hidden Hand: Alien Contact and the Government Cover-Up

Queer parents, straight kids. Movies Reviewed: 52 Tuesdays, My Straight Son, Open Up To Me PLUS Inside Out LGBT Film Festival

Movie Experiences. Films Reviewed: Foxfire, Young and Beautiful PLUS Game of Thrones Exhibit at TIFF

Daniel Garber talks with Kitty Green about her new documentary Ukraine is Not a Brothel

Women in Movies for Mothers' Day. Films Reviewed: Under the Skin, Ida, The German Doctor PLUS TJFF

Daniel Garber talks with Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman about their new documentary ART AND CRAFT

Sticking Your Neck Out. Hot Docs Movies Reviewed: An Honest Liar, Point and Shoot, Demonstration

Motown Movies. Films reviewed: Brick Mansions, Super Duper Alice Cooper, Only Lovers Left Alive PLUS Hot Docs

Daniel Garber talks with TIFF Kids jury members Reid and Grant

Not Forgotten. Movies Reviewed: The Face of Love, Advanced Style, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz PLUS Hot Docs

Daniel Garber talks to stars Mark Rendall and Nicholas Campbell about their new film ALGONQUIN

Movies with Kids vs Kids' Movies. Films Reviewed: Oculus, Loubia Hamra (Bloody Beans), Anina

Where have I seen this? Movies reviewed: Angelique, Bethlehem

A French Connection? Movies Reviewed: Finding Vivian Maier, L'autre vie de Richard Kemp, Triptyque

Daniel Garber talks with Kelly McCormack and Alec Toller about their new movie PLAY: THE FILM

Mind Twisters. Movies reviewed: A Field in England, Divergent, Nymph()maniac (Parts 1 and 2)

Pier Paolo Pasolini: the Poet of Contamination. Movies Reviewed: The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, The Arabian Nights

Daniel Garber interviews Kore-eda Hirokazu about his new film Like Father, Like Son

Pop Culture Icons. Movies reviewed: Need For Speed, Bettie Page Reveals All, Alan Partridge

Oscar Time! Movies reviewed: Omar, The Great Beauty

Daniel Garber interviews director JIM BRUCE about his new film Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

Movie Movies. Films Reviewed: Pompeii, 3 Days to Kill PLUS AKP Job 27

Daniel Garber talks with Adam and Andrew Gray about their new documentary FLY COLT FLY

Rom Not Com. Films Reviewed: Gloria, Tim's Vermeer, For No Eyes Only

Daniel Garber talks with writer/director Jeremy Lalonde about his new comedy Sex After Kids

Kids above and beyond. Movies Reviewed: 7 Boxes, Igor and the Cranes' Journey PLUS TIFF NEXT Wave Film Fest

Flesh + Blood. The Dutch films of Paul Verhoeven: Turkish Delight, Soldier of Fortune, Spetters, The Fourth Man

Low Budget. Movies reviewed: Mourning Has Broken, 12 0Clock Boys. PLUS the Great Digital and Super 8 Film Fests

Daniel Garber talks with AHARON KESHALES about his new movie BIG BAD WOLVES

Sex vs Love. Movies Reviewed: The Past, The Stranger by the Lake, C*cksucker Blues

Everything. Films Reviewed: 12 Years a Slave, The Motherload, Starred up.

Back to the Future? Films Reviewed: The Visitor, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

60s, 70s and 80s. Movies Reviewed: Inside Llewyn Davis, American Hustle, Good Vibrations

Daniel Garber talks with Cody Callahan about his new film ANTISOCIAL

Movies within Movies. Films reviewed: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, The Wagner Files, Saving Mr Banks

Philadelphia Freedom. Movies reviewed: Jingle Bell Rocks, Let the Fire Burn

Older Women. Movies Reviewed: Philomena and If I Were You

Daniel Garber talks with Swedish director Gabriela Pichler about her new film EAT SLEEP DIE (Äta Sova Dö)

Bette Davis, The Hard Way. Movies reviewed: Jezebel, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, All About Eve

Daniel Garber talks to Destin Cretton about his new film Short Term 12