Movie Reviews: Symbol

SYMBOL (Shinboru): my twitter review for this film pretty much sums it up: “never has one man’s surreal angst been so incredibly funny”. SYMBOL was definitely the weirdest film I saw at TIFF this year, and also the funniest. Funny in that hand-over-mouth,-faintly-embarrassed-to-be-laughing-so-hard-at-this kind of way. If you enjoy those odd Japanese game shows that pop up on Youtube once in a while, SYMBOL is probably for you. The film…

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Movie reviews: Valhalla Rising, The Waiting City

Valhalla Rising: I learned a very valuable lesson from VALHALLA RISING; never take your friends to see an art house film, even if said art house film involves a good deal of viking violence. They won’t enjoy it, and their obvious non-enjoyment is going to keep knocking you out of the film as well. VALHALLA RISING is perhaps the most metal film I’ve ever seen; brutal, vicious, desolate and strangely…

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Movie Reviews: Hipsters

Jos asked for weird movies, so weird movies it is! I still haven’t done anything longer than a Twitter review for any of the Toronto International Film Fest screenings I saw, so there’s plenty for me to catch up on. To be honest, I saw far fewer films this year than I usually cram in. A typical TIFF, for me, involves anywhere from 35 to 50+ films over 10 days;…

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