Festival Coverage

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Wild - My pick for 'Best of the Fest' for TIFF 2014

TIFF 2014 (accredited media)

At Point of View:
Interview: Director Fan Lixin on I am Here*
Review: The 50 Year Argument*
Review: Beats of the Antonov
Review: Electric Boogaloo!*
Review: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Review: The Look of Silence
Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream*
Review: National Diploma*
Review: The Price We Pay*
Review: Roger Waters The Wall
Review: Seymour: An Introduction* 
Review: Short Docs at TIFF
Review: Sunshine Superman*
Review: Trick or Treaty?
Review: The Wanted 18

*submitted, awaiting posting.

At Cinemablographer:
Recap: Festival Wrap-up and Picks for 'Best of the Fest'
Review: Clouds of Sils Maria
Review: The Cobbler
Review: Elephant Song
Review: The Drop 
Review: An Eye for Beauty
Review: The Imitation Game
Review: A Little Chaos
Review: Maps to the Stars
Review: Ned Rifle
Review: Mommy
Review: October Gale
Review: Still Alice  
Review: Waste Land 
Review: Wet Bum
Review: Wild
Review: Short Cuts Canada 1
Review: Short Cuts Canada 2
Review: Short Cuts Canada 3
Review: Short Cuts Canada 4
Review: Short Cuts Canada 5
Review: Short Cuts Canada 6
Capsule Reviews: Tu Dors Nicole, The Riot Club, Manglehorn, Corbo
Capsule Reviews: Backcountry, The New Girlfriend, Ruth & Alex
News: TIFF Completes Massive Line-up with Mavericks and More Titles, plus Guest List and Official Schedule
News: TIFF Unveils International Spectrum with More Films
News: TIFF Showcases New Talent with Canadian Line-Up
News: TIFF Announces Docs, Masters, Midnight Madness, and Vanguard Films
News: The Judge to Open TIFF
News: TIFF Announces First Galas and Special Presentations
Feature: Canada, TIFF, and the Oscar Race: Can Anything Top Mommy?
Feature: What Canadian Films Could Play Toronto?


Labor Day - my pick for 'Best of the Fest' for TIFF 2013

 TIFF 2013:


TIFF 2013: Festival wrap-up and 'Best of the Fest'
Special Event: The Big Chill Reunion Screening
Special Event: Boogie Nights Live Read
Review: Anatomy of Assistance
Review: The Animal Project

Review: Around the Block
Review: August: Osage County
Review: Cinemanovels 
Review: Devil's Knot
Review: Enough Said
Review: Gabrielle
Review: Gerontophilia
Review: Gloria Victoria
Review: A Grand Canal
Review: The Husband
Review: Impromptu
Review: Labor Day
Review: The Railway Man
Review: Unforgiven
Review: We Wanted More
Review: You Are Here 
Feature: TIFF Personality: The Oscar Junkie
Feature: 'Eye on Canada: The Best Foreign Language Film Race at TIFF 2013'
News: 'TIFF Adds More Films to Galas and Special Presentations'
News: Meryl Streep at TIFF, Masters, and More!
News: TIFF Announces Canadian Films for Festival 2013
News: TIFF Docs, City to City, and Cinematheque
News: TIFF Announces First Films in Galas and Special Presentations
Feature: Top Picks for the Fest so Far
Feature: Anticipated Canadian Titles for TIFF

Anna Karenina - my pick for 'Best of the Fest' for TIFF 2012

TIFF 2012:

TIFF 2012: Festival Scorecard and 'Best of the Fest'
American Beauty Live Read (not starred)
Review: Rust & Bone ★★★★½
Review: On the Road ★★½
Review: Anna Karenina ★★★★★
Review: What Maisie Knew ★★★★
Review: Frances Ha ★★★★½
Review: Imogene ★★★★
Review: Inch'Allah ★★★★
Review: Thanks for Sharing ★★★½
Review: Something in the Air ★★★★
Review: Midnight's Children ★★★★½
Review: Quartet ★★★★★
Review: Writers ★★½
Review: To the Wonder ★★★
Review: Byzantium ★★★
Review: The Sessions ★★★★
Review: The Lesser Blessed ★★★
Review: Therese Desqueyroux ★★★½
Review: Great Expectations ★★★★
Review: All That You Possess ★★★★
Review: Smashed ★★★★½
Review: Twice Born ★★★★½
Review: Passion
Review: The Paperboy ★★★½
Review: Rebelle ★★★★
Review: Lore ★★★★½
Review: Frost ★★★★★
Review: Asian Gangs ★★★★
Review: Dear Scavengers ★★★★
Review: Let the Daylight into the Swamp ★★★★½
Review: Bydlo ★★★★
Capsule Reviews: Middle of Nowhere, Hannah Arendt, Jump, Ginger & Rosa 
Capsule Reviews: Burn it Up Djassa, Jackie, Dangerous Liaisons, Reluctant Fundamentalist 
Predicting the Blackberry People's Choice Award
Where Film Meets Foodie: The Festival Diet
TIFF Names More Galas, Special Presentations and Contemporary World Cinema
Which Film Will Be Canada's Oscar Pick? (Looking at the Canadian titles in the festival)
Canadian Titles for TIFF12
TIFF Announces Docs, Midnight Madness, and More!
Where Prestige Meets Popcorn (Looking at the films in TIFF's first announcement) 

The Descendants - My pick for 'Best of the Fest (as qtd on king-family-tree.com) '

TIFF 2011 (correspondant for Awards Daily)

Film Scorecard
Day 1: Pina
Day 2: We Need to Talk About Kevin, Moneyball red carpet 
Day 3: The Artist, Moneyball, The Descendants, Take this Waltz 
Day 4: CFC BBQ, Shame, The Skin I Live In
Day 5: Rampart, 388 Arletta Avenue, Dark Horse, Martha Marcy May Marlene 
Day 6: Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding; Monsieur Lazhar; Pariah; Carre Blanc
Day 8: That Summer and Kotoko 
Day 9: Hysteria, Take Shelter, Tyrannosaur, Wuthering Heights 
Day 10: Winnie, Nuit #1, The Deep Blue Sea, Albert Nobbs
Day 11: Violet & Daisy, Page Eight, Countdown  
My TIFF Line-up! 
#Cdnfilm at TIFF!

Black Swan - my pick for 'Best of the Fest' for TIFF 2010

TIFF 2010

Review: Black Swan ★★★★★
Review: The Conspirator ★★★★
Review: The Housemaid★★★★½
Review: Last Night ★★★★½
Review: Late Autumn ★★★ 
Review: Little White Lies ★★★½
Review: Love Crime ★★½
Review: Made in Dagenham ★★★★½
Review: A Night for Dying Tigers ★★★
Review: Oliver Sherman ★★
Review: Rabbit Hole ★★★★
Review: Sarah's Key ★★★★
Review: Trigger ★★★★★
Review: The Whistleblower ★★★★★  
Weekend 1 Recap  
Weekend 2 Recap
CFC BBQ
Two 'Short' Reviews: How to Rid Your Lover of a Negative Emotion Caused by You! and Champagne
TIFF ups its CanCon


Hot Docs

I am Big Bird -My pick for 'Best of the Fest' for Hot Docs '14.

Hot Docs 2014 (accredited media)

At Point of View:
Review: Divide in Concord
Review: From the Bottom of the Lake
Review: Gun Porn
Review: Happiness
Review: An Honest Liar
Review: I am Big Bird: The Carrol Spinney Story
Review: Kung Fu Elliot
Review: Marinoni
Review: Meet the Patels
Review: Sacro GRA
Review: See No Evil
Review: The Sheik
Review: What is Left?
Review: Write Down, I am an Arab
Review: The Writer with No Hands

At Cinemablographer:
Recap: Hot Docs Wrap-up and Picks for 'Best of the Fest'
Review: Actress
Review: Beyond Clueless
Review: Come Worry with Us!
Review: Everything Will Be
Review: Guidelines and Jutra
Review: The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Review: Joy of Man's Desiring
Review: Out of Mind, Out of Sight
Review: The Overnighters
Review: Super Duper Alice Cooper
Review: To Be Takei
Capsule Reviews: Advanced Style, Bugarach, Keep on Keepin' On
Capsule Reviews: I Love Kuduro, Mad as Hell
Capsule Reviews: The Malagasy Way, Flotsam and Jetsam
Capsule Reviews: Point and Shoot, Everyday Rebellion
Capsule Reviews: Mugshot, Love Ya, Still Life, The Creator of the Jungle
Capsule Reviews: The Secret Trial 5, Hotline, The Pioneer
Capsule Reviews: Where I'm From, Christmas with Don Cherry, The Sower
News: Out of Mind, Out of Sight, Waiting for August top Hot Docs Winners
Preview: Best Bets for the Festival
 
15 Reasons to Live - My pick for 'Best of the Fest' for 2013

Hot Docs 2013 (accredited media)

In Point of View Magazine: 'Hot Docs Shorts: Sweet, Sour, and Tangy'
Review: The Manor 
Review: 15 Reasons to Live
Review: Alias
Review: Alphée of the Stars
Review: Anita
Review: The Auctioneer
Review: Blackfish
Review: Blood Brother
Review: Chi
Review: Chimeras 
Review: Continental
Review: The Devil's Lair
Review: Downloaded 
Review: Felix Austria!
Review: Ghosts in Our Machine 
Review: The Human Scale
Review: I Will Be Murdered 
Review: Interior. Leather Bar. 
Review: The Kill Team 
Review: Last Woman Standing 
Review: The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne
Review: Muscle Shoals
Review: Our Nixon
Review: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
Review: Sick Birds Die Easy
Review: Tales from the Organ Trade 
Review: We Always Lie to Strangers
Review: Who is Dayani Cristal? 
Capsule ReviewsWhich Way is the Front Line from Here?, The Unbelievers
Capsule Reviews:  As Time Goes by in ShanghaiThe Crash Reel
Capsule ReviewsThe Punk SingerFinding the FunkMistaken for Strangers
Capsule Reviews: Terms & Conditions May ApplyAmerican CommuneLet Fire Burn
Capsule Reviews: BallerinaNarco CulturaDragon Girls
Capsule Reviews: Alcan HighwayThe Last Black Sea PiratesBrave New River
Capsule Reviews: The Last StationFall and Winter

We Are Wisconsin - My pick for 'Best of the Fest' for 2012
Hot Docs 2012 (accredited media)


Wrap up: Best of the Fest & Festival Score Card
Hot Docs Awards Top Honours to 'The World Before Her', 'Call Me Kuchu'
Days 10 & 11: Theo Fleury Playing with Fire, Detropia, Peace, Out
Day 9: Her Master's Voice, Smoke Traders, Pot Country 
Day 8: Legend of a Warrior
Day 8: The Law in These Parts
Day 7: We Are Wisconsin 

Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF)

Feast - My pick for 'Best of the Fest' for OIAF 2014

OIAF 2014 (accredited media): 

OIAF 2014: Wrap-up and 'Best of the Fest'
Feature at POV: Animated docs Seth's Dominion and Truth has Fallen 
News: OIAF 2014 Award Winners
Review: Disney's Feast
Review: Aunt Hilda!
Review: Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: A Rapid Love Story
Review: Pixar's Lava
Review: Until Sbornia Do Us Part
Review: Short Competition 1
Review: Short Competition 2
Review: Short Competition 3
Review: Short Competition 4
Review: Short Competition 5
Review: New Ghosts in the 'Ol Haunt

 

But Milk is Important - My pick for 'Best of the Fest' for OIAF 2013

OIAF 2013 (accredited media): 

OIAF 2013: Wrap-up and 'Best of the Fest'
News: OIAF 2013 Award Winners
Review: Anima Buenos Aires
Review: Approved for Adoption
Review: Arjun: The Warrior Prince
Review: The Boy and the World (E Menino e o Mundo)
Review: It's Such a Beautiful Day
Review: A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Review: The Pain and the Pity
Review: Tito on Ice
Review: Short Competition 1
Review: Short Competition 2
Review: Short Competition 3
Review: Short Competition 4
Review: Short Competition 5
Review: Canadian Showcase 

Kali the Little Vampire - my pick for 'Best of the Fest' for OIAF 2012
OIAF 2012 (accredited media):
OIAF 2012: Best of the Fest
Arrugas ★★★½
Consuming Spirits ★★½
Babeldom
Short Competition 1
Short Competition 3
Short Competition 4
Short Competition 5
Canadian Showcase
Ottawa International Animation Festival Announces Line Up
Dimanche - my pick for 'Best of the fest'
OIAF 2011:
OIAF: Canadian Showcase 
OIAF: Short Competition 3

Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF)

Crook - my pick for 'Best of the Fest' for OIFF 2013

OIFF 2013:

Review: Penthouse North
Review: Fire in the Blood
Review: Much Ado About Knotting
Review: Crook
News: OIFF line-up
Undercurrent - my pick for 'Best of the Fest' for OIFF 2012

OIFF 2012:

Review: Marilyn
Review: Charles Bradley: Soul of America.
Review: OIFF Shorts (Callbacks, The Hold-up, Invention, and more)
Review: Undercurrent
Review: Thirteen Downs (Opening Night Selection)
Ottawa International Film Festival Announces Line-up
 
A Violent State - my pick for 'Best of the Fest' for OIFF 2011

OIFF 2011:

OIFF: Day 3 - Running Mates and The Righteous Tithe
OIFF: Day 2 - Highway Gospel and Kennyville 
OIFF: Day 1 - A Violent State
Ottawa International Film Fest This Week! (Preview)

European Union Film Festival (EUFF)


Shifting the Blame - My pick for 'Best of the Fest' for EUFF 2013

EUFF 2013:

Review: Blind Spot (Luxembourg)
Review: Eat, Sleep, Die (Sweden)
Review: The Giants (Belgium)
Review: God Loves Caviar (Greece)
Review: I'm an Old Communist Hag (Romania)
Review: Living Images (Estonia)
Review: Shifting the Blame (Germany)
Review: Superclasico (Denmark)
Review: A Trip (Slovenia) 
Review: Weddings and Other Disasters (Italy)
Preview on Couch Assassin: Europe Comes to Ottawa
Preview: 28th European Union Film Festival Begins Nov. 14!


Demons

EUFF 2012:

Review: Demons (Estonia)
Review: Holy Motors (France/Germany)
Review: Fireheart: The Legend of Tadas Blinda (Lithuania)
Review: Winning Streak (Spain)
Review: Silence (Ireland)
CFI Presents: 2012 European Union Film Festival

EUFF 2011:

Review: Breathing (Austria)
Review: Tilt (Bulgaria)




CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF)

Withering Love - My pick for 'Best of the Fest' for 2012

WSFF 2012 (accredited media)

WSFF Days 4 & 5: "Stranger in a Stanger Land", "Scene not Herd", Master Class with Jean-Marc Vallee
WSFF Day 3: "Superfans", "All Tomorrow's Parties", "Someone to Watch Over Me"
WSFF Day 2: "Family Compact", "Creative Control"
Shorts for Shorties: Flick-Nic
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival Announces Lineup


Something Left, Something Taken - My pick for 'Best of the Fest' for 2011

WSFF 2011 (accredited media)

WSFF: Awards and Best of the Fest 
WSFF: Day 4 - Date Night! 
WSFF: Day 3
WSFF: Day 2 
WSFF: Day 1 
WSFF: Award Winners From Around the World 
Kick Off Party 
Festival Preview: It's Not the Size of Film Strip, It's How You Use It...