No longer restricted to late night cable television, paperbacks and public radio the genre of true crime has exploded to all corners of our media lives in recent years. With streaming services dropping true crime documentary series monthly and an equal number of podcasts littering the airwaves there are endless avenues uncovering and discovering humankind's dark nature. Another way for true crime nuts to fill their dark desires is attend the inaugural Toronto True Crime Film Festival next month at our beloved Royal Cinema. Running for two days, June 8th and 9th, the TTCFF has unveiled their inaugural lineup of five films which you may read up on in the gallery below. There will also be three symposiums, with authors, journalists and filmmakers leading panel discussions and multimedia presentations. It looks like a great weekend of true crime is mere weeks away with enough programming to salsify all who attend. Visit the Toronto True Crime Film Festival website for ticket … [Read more...] about Toronto True Crime Film Festival: Inaugural Lineup Announced!
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CANNES, France — In May 1968, Jean-Luc Godard and a few of his French New Wave contemporaries famously brought the Festival de Cannes to a halt, an act of solidarity with striking students and workers who were taking France by storm.Fifty years later, Godard still looms large at Cannes, quite literally. The official poster for the 71st festival is graced with the immortal image of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina kissing in the director’s 1965 classic, “Pierrot le Fou.” This year, the 87-year-old Godard will probably limit his disruptive gestures to the unveiling of his new movie, “The Image Book,” which promises to shake up the main competition; it’s said to be a characteristically unorthodox reflection on the modern Arab world.The festival itself, which opened Tuesday night with the world premiere of Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,” shows no signs of coming to a premature conclusion, though there are some who probably … [Read more...] about Stubborn? Arrogant? Irrelevant? The 2018 Cannes Film Festival weathers the storm
Hey Toronto. We know that it looks like Spring has all but given up coming to our fair city this year but fear not, Summer is pretty much right around the corner now. How can we be so sure? Well, the fine folks at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival have announed their lineup for this year's festival this June. If the weather is not warm by then we can at least warm our souls on a terrific lineup of contemporary Japanese cinema again. Now in its seventh year this edition of the TJFF promises to entertain with samurai epics, animation, dramas and thrillers over a span of two and a half weeks. Audiences will get the latest from Kiyoshi Kurasowa, Sono Sion and Beat Takeshi. Whether you like just one genre or you are a 'give-me-anything-as-long-as-it-is-Japanese' film fan TJFF definitely has something for you, coming to the Koboyashi Hall in the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre this June. Check out all the titles below and be sure to get your tickets here. The Japanese … [Read more...] about Toronto Japanese Film Festival: TOKYO VAMPIRE HOTEL, OUTRAGE
Over the past 15 years, through his hilarious and even-handed nightly presentation of current events on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, comedian Jon Stewart has become, against all odds, the Walter Cronkite of his generation: the most trusted man in news. But when a 2009 Daily Show interview with Maziar Bahari, a London-based journalist who was in Iran covering the Ahmadinejad-Mousavi election for Newsweek, resulted in that journalist's imprisonment, it was no laughing matter. Fortunately, after spending 118 days behind bars, Bahari was released and, in 2011, he wrote about his ordeal in Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival, which was co-authored by Aimee Molloy. At that point, the "real" journalist asked the "fake" journalist to help bring his story to the attention of Hollywood. Stewart, however, decided it would be easier to adapt and direct the film himself. And that is how he wound up at the Telluride Film Festival with the film Rosewater … [Read more...] about Jon Stewart on Embracing the Film Festival Circuit, Finding Humor in Drama
TORONTO, Canada -- Friday night, the Toronto International Film Festival hosted the world premiere of Focus Features's Anna Karenina, the third collaboration between 39-year-old director Joe Wright and 27-year-old actress Keira Knightley, following Pride & Prejudice (2005), for which Knightley became the third-youngest woman to receive a best actress Oscar nomination, and Atonement (2007), which won the Golden Globe for best picture (drama) and was also a best picture Oscar nominee. Like those two earlier Wright-Knightley films, this one also is an adaptation of a literary classic set centuries in the past -- Leo Tolstoy's famous 1877 novel, adapted for the screen by Tom Stoppard, who won an Oscar for writing Shakespeare in Love -- but this one, unlike those two, is not a traditional Merchant-Ivory style period piece costume drama. And this one, which was greeted warmly but not exuberantly, strikes me as a sure-thing for below-the-line noms, but a longer-shot for noms in the major … [Read more...] about Toronto 2012: World Premiere of ‘Anna Karenina’ Offers a New Take on an Old Story