Author: Kelly Stewart

Review: The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Genesis P-Orridge has always been on the cutting edge. His bands COUM Transmissions (1969-1976), Throbbing Gristle (1975-1981), and Psychic TV (1981 to the present) were innovators in  the use of musical “cut-ups,” influential  in everything from the punk scene to industrial music. This film isn’t about music though. The documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is love story,  but unlike any love story you’ve ever heard of. This love story is on the cutting edge “” literally. Genesis met the love of his life, Lady Jaye (née Jacqueline Breyer), in the early 1990s. They were soon married...

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Review: Rampart

In Rampart , Woody Harrelson stars as a corrupt officer Dave Brown in the LAPD that lays out his own form of rough-justice, or at least he thinks he does. Dave thinks of himself of mix of John Wayne and Dirty Harry, but the reality of his personality and his world is really something else in this new film by director Oren Moverman premiering at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.   The film begins with Officer Brown showing a new rookie the ropes. He explains that everything she has learned in the Police Academy is nonsense and that...

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Review: Machine Gun Preacher‏

In Machine Gun Preacher Gerard Butler plays Sam Childer, a self described ‘hillbilly’ from Pennsylvania who likes to play with guns.  We meet Sam as he is just getting out of prison, for what is most likely a drug offence. Returning to his wife Lynn (Michelle Monaghan) and daughter Daisy (Kathy Baker), he learns that Lynn has quit her job as a stripper and has found Christ. Sam does not react well to this and begins his downward spiral into drugs and violence again with his friend Donnie (Michael Shannon) as his dealing partner. Hitting bottom after  a particularly...

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Review: People Mountain, People Sea – TIFF 2011‏

People Mountain, People Sea (Ren Shan Ren Hai) is a neorealistic crime drama from director Cai Shangjun part of the Contemporary World Cinema program at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Situated in the remote countryside of the southern province of Guizhou in present day China, a labourer named Old Iron (Chen Jianbin) works to pay off his debts. He is hampered by a large settlement he has to pay for someone being injured on a job site that he was rock mining on. Tragedy hits his family further when his brother is brutally murdered in a highway robbery....

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Review: Rampart – TIFF 2011‏

In Rampart , Woody Harrelson stars as a corrupt officer Dave Brown in the LAPD that lays out his own form of rough-justice, or at least he thinks he does. Dave thinks of himself of mix of John Wayne and Dirty Harry, but the reality of his personality and his world is really something else in this new film by director Oren Moverman premiering at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.   The film begins with Officer Brown showing a new rookie the ropes. He explains that everything she has learned in the Police Academy is nonsense and that...

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Review: Lucky – TIFF 2011‏

Lucky is a film about a 10-year-old boy of the same name in South Africa who is anything but lucky. He doesn’t have any parents, can’t speak English (only Zulu) and the people in his life are mainly out to exploit him. Not exactly the feel good movie of the season, but a film that is worth exploring and shouldn’t be overlooked, much like the titular character in this film. We meet Lucky (Sihle Dlamini) living in poverty in the countryside with his extended family. His mother is away sick and we soon learn that she has passed away...

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Review: Albert Nobbs – TIFF 2011

Albert Nobbs is a butler and waiter in an upscale hotel in Dublin, Ireland at the turn of the 19th century. He dreams of saving all his shillings to one day open up a tobacco shop and of having a wife who can work the front counter for him. After all his years of work as a servant he is less than six months away from making his dream a reality. There is only one catch””Albert Nobbs is a woman. Glenn Close plays the shy and reserved butler Albert Nobbs hiding her true identity to the world for decades....

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