Author: William Brownridge

Horror shorts at the Projection Booth: a quick review of the Viscera Film Festival

The Viscera Film Festival comes to the Projection Booth tonight and some of the shorts being screened include Nursery Crimes , a twisted take on the nursery rhymes we all know directed by Laura Whyte, and Together , a mind-bending tale of a man annoyed by his upstairs neighbour directed by Gigi Romero. Ranging from hilarious to stomach churning, every avenue of the horror genre is covered. From abduction to zombies, these female filmmakers show that women can be just as frightening and bloody as men. It’s hard to pick just a few short films to focus on when...

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Review: She Monkeys – Inside Out Film Festival 2012

She Monkeys , screening at the 2012 Inside Out Film Festival, can be a difficult film to watch. There’s a very uncomfortable and offputting  tension running through the film, but the end result is captivating, although not satisfying. Directed by Lisa Aschan, She Monkeys is the story of Emma (Mathilda Paradeiser), an emotionally withdrawn teen living with her father and younger sister. She’s attempting to win a spot on an equestrian acrobatic team, where she meets Cassandra (Linda Molin). The two girls form an intense relationship, flirting with the ideas of friends, enemies, and lovers. Emma and Cassandra tense...

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Review: Cupid’s Balls – TIFF Next Wave Film Festival 2012

The last time many of us saw KÃ¥re Hedebrant, it was in Let The Right One In . He’s grown up quite a lot and is now starring in Cupid’s Balls , screening at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival. Directed by Kristoffer Metcalfe, the film follows Lucas (KÃ¥re Hedebrant) as he moves from Sweden to Norway with his mother. Most of the youth in town play soccer, hoping to get another shot at winning the Norway Cup. Even though Lucas is terrible at sports, he decides to try and join the team, but that’s just to impress the...

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Review: Re:Generation Music Project – TIFF Next Wave Film Festival 2012

Names like Skrillex, Mark Ronson, and Pretty Lights may be familiar to the generation of kids out there now, but what about Martha Reeves, or Ralph Stanley? Those aren’t likely to be musicians that anyone under 20 has ever heard of. In an idea formed with the Grammys, six DJs were given different genres of music and asked to create a song blending their style with a older form of music. Screening at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, Re:Generation  Music Project , directed by Amir Bar-Lev, goes behind the scenes with DJ Premier, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Mark Ronson,...

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Review: 17 Girls – TIFF Next Wave Film Festival 2012

Inspired by true events and screening as part of the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, 17 Girls is the story of a group of teen girls who decide to all get pregnant at the same time. Camille (Louise Grinberg) is the first of the group to find out she’s pregnant. Fear is her first thought, but her reaction changes as she begins to think about having someone who will love her unconditionally forever, something she seems to lack in her own family. One by one, her friends get caught up in the idea that having a baby will change...

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Review: This Space Available – TIFF Next Wave Film Festival 2012

Is it even possible to imagine driving down the highway without seeing a huge billboard? What about walking through the city without passing a wall covered in posters? At every turn, we’re bombarded with advertising, but has it become too much? These are just some of the ideas explored in Gwenaelle Gobe’s documentary This Space Available , screening as part of the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival. The documentary examines a growing movement of people who are against the large amount of outdoor advertising, calling it visual pollution. Covering 11 different countries, we witness the different levels of advertising...

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Review: Fat Kid Rules The World – TIFF Next Wave Film Festival 2012

Punk has always been an attitude — and a style of music — that doesn’t really care what anybody thinks. It may be the ultimate statement of ‘this is who I am, take it or leave it.’ Celebrating its Canadian premiere at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, Fat Kid Rules The World is the story of Troy Billings (Jacob Wysocki), an overweight, unpopular, and slightly suicidal 17-year-old who is about to learn the importance of that punk attitude. As Troy walks home from school one day, he decides to end his life and steps in front of a...

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