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.


The price of dreams. Movies reviewed: Foxcatcher, Heartbeat

Justine (Tanya Davis) is a creative soul trapped in a boring cubicle job in Halifax. She lives in her late grandmother’s house, and though still a young woman, dresses like a retired pensioner in old-school dresses, plastic glasses and a brutal haircut. She gave up her musical ambitions when she fainted on stage. Meanwhile, her social life is falling apart. Then one day she happens upon a woman named Ruby (Stephanie Clattenburg) jamming in the window of her favourite music store. There’s a definite musical attraction. And maybe something more...read more.


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

Nacho is a cattle vet in his forties in present-day Spain. He inseminates the cows at his father-in-law’s ranch. But when something goes wrong, he turns for advice to the women in his life — all the women. All The Women, (Todas las Mujeres) is also the name of a new comedy/drama from Spain. Nacho meets, in turn, with his wife, his mother, a lover, an ex-girlfriend, his sister-in-law and a psychiatrist. Director Mariano Barroso speaks by telephone from Madrid about reactions to the movie by women and men at festivals around the world, what he changed from the original TV show, why this movie is like an “internal” road movies, the “cruelty” of the script, the most difficult female character to direct, the film’s rural setting, his cinematic influences, and more...read more.


Limbo. Movies Reviewed: The Homesman, West

Mary Bee Cuddy (Hillary Swank) lives on a big farm in the old west. She spends her time ploughing the fields with her two faithful mules. She’s a hardworking, educated farmer. She’s a single woman, almost 30, unheard of in these parts. All the men have turned her down. She’s too plain and bossy, they say. But who do they turn to when things get rough? Mary Bee. Their young wives have all gone mad, so they need a homesman to take three women them across the prairies to a big city. But before she leaves, she runs across an ornery old cuss with a rope around his neck...read more.


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

Signe Baumane is a Brooklyn artist, originally from Latvia, with a hidden family past. She wants to find out the truth behind the family matriarch, her late grandmother. On the surface, she was a preternaturally hard-worker, known for her Sisyphean feat of carrying endless buckets of water up a steep mountain. But, after a bit of digging, Signe discovers a streak of depression, suicide and mental illness in her family stretching back three generations. The title refers to her grandmother’s attempted suicide by drowning – she was unsuccessful because she forgot to fill her pocket with rocks...read more.


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

Despite US bombing, a military coup and an intense civil war, the Cambodian pop music scene flourished for three decades... until the Khmer Rouge took over in 1975. Have thirty years of music disappeared forever? Has it all been forgotten amidst the genocidal horrors of the Killing Fields? A new film that documents modern Cambodias musical history from the 1950s to the 1970s says "no". The film is called DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN: Cambodia's lost Rock and Roll, and is having it's Toronto premier at the Reelasian Film Festival. I spoke to director John Pirozzi by telephone in New York...read more.


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

Sam is a progressive undergrad who stands up for her ideals. She broadcasts a somewhat controversial talk show on campus radio. She’s black, but calls her show Dear White People. Her house is headed by big-man-on-campus Troy a popular athlete, whose dad just happens to be the Dean. And who is dating the daughter of the president. Another student, the pretty and vivacious Coco is more interested in getting famous, so she’ll do almost anything to convince a TV producer to make her the star of a reality show on campus. And observing all this is fuzzy-haired Lionel (Tyler James Williams), a budding journalist, who might be gay...read more.


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

in Force Majeure, Tomas and Ebba (Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli) are a happily married Swedish couple. With their two cute kids, Vera and Harry (Clara and Vincent Wettergren) they take a much-needed vacation in the French Alps. Tomas spends too much time at work or on his smartphone, so this is where family bonding and quality time should kick in. And it seems to be working. They pose for pictures, ski down slopes… they even wear matching pale blue long underwear. But one day, at an open-air restaurant on the chalet roof, something terrible happens. A fierce avalanche sends tons of snow thundering down the stunning peaks, covering them in a white cloud. In a moment of panic, Tomas grabs his phone and runs away -- leaving his wife and kids cowering beneath the table. Moments later he realizes it was a false alarm...read more.


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

Eternity: The Movie is a high-camp look at bad sweaters, big hair, music videos, and the whole hardboiled LA music scene of the 1980s. I spoke to Eric Staley and Barrett Crake here in Toronto. They shared their thoughts on singing, Hall & Oats, R&B, auditions, moving to LA from Texas, San Diego, quadruple threats, sucking breasts, the 80s, Myko Olivier, Care Bears and Rainbow Brite, Madonna, Eric Roberts, playing the guitar, a possible tour with Eternity, karaoke and Eternity: the Movie....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:   

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