Author: William Brownridge

Review: La Sacr̩e РCin̩franco

The opening film for the 2012 Cinéfranco Film Festival is the Dominic Desjardins directed La Sacrée. This is the story of François Lebas (Marc Marans), a professional con-man who is finally going to make it rich by marrying Sofia (Marie Turgeon), a fragrance queen. Before she says” I do”, Sofia wants to be pregnant. This poses a problem for François when he learns that he’s sterile. The solution waits for François in his hometown of Fort Aimable, in the form of La Sacrée, a beer that is said to be an aphrodisiac. The town is slowly fading away though,...

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Review: SpOIL and Dead Wrong – MINT Festival

The Alberta tar sands are a highly controversial project already, but now, a proposed pipeline threatens to cut right through the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. This has the potential to destroy a beautiful environment that is home to the spirit bear. SpOIL follows The International League of Conservation Photographers as they travel to British Columbia to aid the Gitga’at first nation people in an attempt to bring awareness about the rainforest to the public. From the moment the film starts, the viewer is treated to breathtaking shots of the forest and wildlife that make up the Great...

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Review: Pray For Japan

On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami destroyed the Tohoku coastal region in Japan. Director Stu Levy, an American living in Tokyo, immediately set out to volunteer. Over a six-week period, Levy alternated between filming and offering his help as a volunteer. Over 50 hours of footage was edited down to make the 97 minute documentary Pray For Japan . On March 14, 2012, the film will have a one day charity screening at AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 at 7:00 pm. Pray For Japan covers four different areas throughout the film. Family, school, volunteers, and...

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Review: 24 Hours Berlin

Director Volker Heise brought together over 80 different directors and camera crews to record for a full 24 hours in Berlin on Friday, September 5, 2008. Over 700 hours of footage was then edited to form one 24-hour-long film, entitled 24 Hours Berlin , which chronicles a day in the life of the iconic city. The Goethe Institut will be bringing two separate 3-hour segments of the film to TIFF Bell Lightbox on March 12, 2012 and March 14, 2012. The film covers every part of the city imaginable. From prison inmates to government officials to world famous conductor...

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Review: Battle Royale

Battle Royale (2000) was part of my introduction to the cinema of Japan. A brutal and bloody tale of a high school class forced to fight against each other until only one person remains,   it’s a film that handles subject matter we wouldn’t normally see in North American movies, and now is your chance to catch it on the big screen. On March 2, the director’s cut of Battle Royale will be screening at The Projection Booth as part of Fangoria’s Fright Nights. It’s not hard to see how the film has generated controversy over the years. In...

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Review: The Odds

Simon Davidson offers up his first feature-length film with The Odds , a story about illegal teenage gambling featuring Tyler Johnston. Desson (Tyler Johnston) and his friend Barry (Calum Worthy) will gamble on just about anything, even high school wrestling. Taking their bets is Paul (Jaren Brandt Bartlett), who happens to run poker games in his basement. After a losing evening, Desson overhears Paul demanding that Barry pay him his money. The next morning Barry is found dead of an apparent suicide. Desson decides that he has to find out what really happened, even if it means risking his...

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Review: Familiar

Fatal Pictures, a Toronto-based film production company founded by Zach Green and Richard Powell, unleash their most disturbing film to date with Familiar . Robert Nolan stars as John Dodd, a husband and father who can’t stand his family. He dreams of the moment when he can escape, but begins to think that his increasingly disturbing thoughts aren’t really his own. Fright Nights at the Projection Booth will host the world premiere of this short film on March 2, along with their screening of Battle Royale . Writer/director Richard Powell delivers one of the most disturbing, disgusting, and tension-filled...

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