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

What are boxtrolls? They’re trolls who live in cardboard boxes. Well, they don’t actually live in them; they wear them. And, like box turtles, whenever there’s danger, they retract their heads, arms and legs until they look like ordinary cardboard boxes. Trolls have pointy ears and crooked teeth, and, oh yeah – they kill babies and eat them! Or at least that’s what the people in the faraway town of Cheesebridge believe...read more.


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

Tokyo Tribe is the name of a new movie based on the manga by Inoue Santa. It’s a fantastical epic shot as a hip-hop musical, full of crowds, choreographed fights, a constant beat and more flashing lights than a pachinko parlour. It’s directed by Sono Sion, known for Guilty of Romance, Cold Fish, and Why Don’t You Play in Hell?. He’s always testing the limits of what can be shown in a film… and then going beyond that limitation. The movie stars YOUNG DAIS, a well-known Japanese rapper, doing double-duty as a movie star. It opened at The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF14), as part of Midnight Madness. I spoke with director Sono Sion and rapper YOUNG DAIS at the Royal York Hotel...read more.


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

It’s WWII. The British have captured Enigma, one of Nazi Germany’s secret devices. All their military messages use that encryption machine. Cracking the code could mean an early end to the war and countless millions saved. Alan Turing — a shy, super-intelligent mathematician and Cambridge – is asked to visit the Bletchley Radio works – actually a branch of MI6. They need him to join the team and solve the puzzle. Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) probably got an “F” as a child in the “plays well with others” category...read more.


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

It’s a dangerous time at a 1970s Italian movie studio. They’re shooting a sexy horror film, but someone keeps stabbing the stars. Luckily, Ciso (Adam Brooks), the one-handed, master film editor, is there to rework the scenes and save the footage. But Detective Porfiry (Matthew Kennedy) thinks Ciso is the killer – and he’s gonna take him down once he finds the evidence. But he has to navigate round a suddenly blinded wife, devious movie stars, and a razor in a black-gloved hand...read more.


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

It’s 1966 in Montreal. Jean Corbo (Anthony Therrien) is a third-generation Canadian, a francophone, and the grandson of Italian immigrants who were imprisoned by the RCMP as enemy aliens in WWII. His family is rich – they live in Town of Mount Royal – and he’s sent to a Catholic private school. Then he has a chance encounter with two “ruffians” leaving pamphlets in the school. He likes what they say… especially the young woman, Julie, who works as a waitress in a diner. Who are they? What do they want? It’s the FLQ! (Quebec Liberation Front)...read more.


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

Three women come together in a run-down farm in rural South Korea: A beleaguered single mother struggling financially; a troubled daughter with an unwanted pregnancy; and a rich woman from Seoul. She’s moving in with them for awhile. And what brings them together? An unborn foetus. The mother wants it to go away. The daughter is struggling with internal conflicts. And the rich woman wants to take the future baby In Her Place. IN HER PLACE is also the name of a new dramatic feature about family, names, order and chaos, gain and loss. It’s made by Toronto writer/director Albert Shim and producer and collaborator Igor Drljaca. Their films have played internationally...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:   

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