Author: William Brownridge

Review: Ok, Enough, Goodbye

Growing up can be hard for children and parents. That moment when your child is old enough to move out on their own is a proud, but heartbreaking, time. What happens when that child is middle-aged and instead of waiting for them to leave you, you leave them? That’s the idea behind Ok, Enough, Goodbye , screening as part of the TIFF series Once Upon A Time, Lebanon: Visions Of Postwar In New Lebanese Cinema . The unnamed protagonist (Daniel Arzrouni) is a middle-aged bachelor living with his mother (Nadime Attieh). He rarely goes out, except for work, spending...

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Review: i am a good person/i am a bad person

With a perfect blend of reality and fiction, i am a good person/i am a bad person takes viewers on a journey behind the scenes of film festivals. Opening Thursday, June 14, 2012 at The Royal, the film follows Ruby (Ingrid Veninger), a struggling filmmaker screening her latest film, Headshots , at a few film festivals. She brings her 18-year-old daughter Sara (Hallie Switzer, Veninger’s real daughter) along with her. The two don’t get along very well as Ruby seems more immature than Sara, and both women are also keeping a secret from the other. When Sara decides to...

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Magenta sky: an interview with Ingrid Veninger

Ingrid Veninger isn’t one to follow rules. In fact, she’d prefer if everyone just ignored the rules and dove headfirst into everything, doing what feels right to them. This idea is something that runs through pUNK Films, the company  Veninger founded in 2003, as well as her latest film i am a good person/i am a bad person . As I sat down with  Veninger to talk about her latest film, I decided that I should dive headfirst and left my list of questions folded up in front of me. She is open, honest, and intelligent, and I soon...

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Review: Richard’s Wedding

A wedding is something that rarely goes according to plan. Maybe a relative drinks too much, or the food is cold. Perhaps it’s rain that threatens the occasion. One thing you can usually rely on is the generosity and kindness of your friends. That is, of course, unless you happen to be going to Richard’s Wedding . The latest film from director Onur Tukel, Richard’s Wedding offers up the most dysfunctional group of friends that has ever graced the big screen. Alex (Jennifer Prediger) and Tuna (Onur Tukel) meet up with old friends attending Richard’s wedding in Central Park....

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Review: The Night Shift – WSFF 2012

For those with a heart for the darker side of short films, and a case of insomnia, the 2012 Worldwide Short Film Festival has the cure. The Night Shift , an all-night feast of horror short films beginning Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm and running until early Sunday morning, is sure to please fans of the mysterious and macabre. Three separate programs, titled Dependents , Co-dependence , and Independence , make up the evening. From hilarious to creepy, disturbing to bloody, Toronto Film Scene is here to offer up some of the highlights of the program. The...

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Review: Sci-Fi: Out There – WSFF 2012

Mind-bending tales take hold at the 2012 Worldwide Short Film Festival when the Sci-Fi: Out There program travels through time and space on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm. Infectious diseases, aliens, video games, and time travel showcase the program which consists of six short films. Highlights of the program include the black and white, live-action and animation combo Out Of Erasers and the comedic time travel short Tumult . Out Of Erasers – Sweden, Denmark – 15 minutes Set in a past that is familiar but oddly different, Out Of Erasers combines two incredible visual styles for...

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Review: Slap ‘N’ Tickle – WSFF 2012

For those with a taste for something a little more racy, the 2012 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival turns up the heat with the short programme, Slap ‘N’ Tickle , screening Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm. A collection of shorts with a sexual theme, Slap ‘N’ Tickle is full of hilarious and titillating films, including animation, stop motion, and live action. Very little is left to the imagination here and the programme should be a big hit with couples looking for an amusing night out. Highlights include Would You , the short but sexy 030 , and...

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