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

Jake is an unhappy schoolteacher and wannabe writer in small town Ontario. But his life is turned upside down when his troublesome, absentee dad Leif suddenly appears in his life. He wants Jake to drop everything and follow him up to a cabin in the woods. Why? There’s a project to complete, secrets to reveal, and loose ends to tie up. The cottage is located in Algonquin Park – and Algonquin is also the name of the new Canadian film opening today in Toronto. The father and son are played by TV and film stars Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci Inquest) and Mark Rendall (Childstar). I speak to them about parks, cottages, hucksters, wimps, quests, coming-of-age dramas, the Group of Seven... and a big blue heron...read more


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

Lots of movies use kids. Some try for a young audience, others have young characters. And the two types don’t necessarily overlap. This week I’m looking at three movies: a chiller-thriller about two kids and a haunted mirror they can't escape; an art film with kids reenacting the Algerian War; and an animated film from Uruguay about a girl with an envelope she can’t open...read more


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

It’s the 1600s in France. Louis XIV – the future Sun King – is heir to the throne. In a remote convent, beautiful Angelique (Nora Arnezeder: Safe House) is busy being educated by nuns. But just when she thinks she’s off to marry a minor noble she’s pushed into an arranged marriage. Le Comte de Peyrac is a rich and powerful noble but is much older and has a badly scarred and disfigured face. His rival, the archbishop of Toulouse, says the count is into witchcraft and alchemy. He holds perverse orgies in his dungeon, worships the devil and turns sand into gold...read more.


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

In L'autre vie de Richard Kemp (Back in Crime) Helene, (Mélanie Thierry), an elegant psychologist out for a morning run, finds a dead body washed up on shore. She’s questioned by a scruffy police detective named Richard Kemp. She is cold and dismissive. Kemp (Jean-Hugues Anglade) is troubled because it shares the M.O. with a case, never solved, from early in his career. An unknown killer – known only as the earwig -- kidnaps his victims, punctures their ears, and throws them into the ocean. Was the killer back again? But while investigating the case on a bridge, he is struck from behind and thrown into the water. When he climbs out things are different The streetcar driver won’t accept his Euros: they’re “foreign” money. At home he sees a stranger with a key to his modernistic apartment. He soon discovers the truth: it’s 25 years earlier, and the man he saw – is himself!...read more


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

OK folks, listen closely: there's a new movie, called Play: The Film starring "play" actors who play actors in a play. Got that? The screenplay was written by an actor (Kelly McCormack) who plays an actor in the movie. But, in the movie, the play is written by two other actors, and the final version by the director -- that's the director in the movie, not the movie's director (Alec Toller). And the play's director rewrites the script because he wants to turn it into a TV movie. So an actor takes revenge. Understand? I didn't think so. But don't worry. Writer-producer-actor Kelly McCormack and director Alec Toller explain it all…read more.


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

In Nymph()maniac Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is lying half dead in a dark alley, when an elderly intellectual named Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) finds her. He takes her into his home and nurses her back to health. She says she’s a nymphomaniac, and proceeds to tell him the story of her life; specifically, the sexual parts. Joe is unadulterated sex. Seligman (an asexual virgin) represents pure reason. As a young woman, she and a friend compete to see who can pick up – and have sex with -- the most men, sequentially, on a train. The winner gets a bag of candy. Seligman: Why that’s like fly fishing – you send out the lure and try to reel it in…...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:   

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