The summer of ridiculously amazing movies is finally upon us. Next up we have J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness which opens this week.
The Toronto After Dark Film Festival is upon us again and back at the Bloor Cinema, which was closed last year for renovation and has reopened as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Starting on October 18th through the 26th, the regularly scheduled event will be taking place. This year has 21 films, including not only a short before each feature, but a shorts program on Saturday afternoon. Also that Saturday are special discounts to the last two features of the day if one arrived dressed as a Zombie.
Beyond the usual films and features, this year also includes a hosting of a number of indie games. Also, the nightly post event meet and greet at Pauper’s Pub across the street. Tickets are $14 at the door and $168 for an all access pass, with smaller packages of either late show access pass, $84, or double feature ticket packs for $24. This year promises to have the best selection and most interesting set of films to date. Why not pick up some tickets and have some fun with the rest of the ghouls.
Highlighting this year’s events are several films that I look forward to seeing. They include…
Thursday, Oct 18th 6:45 PM Grabbers – An Irish Town is overrun by bloodsucking aliens, the locals discover the only way to keep alive is to keep drinking.
Thursday, Oct 18th 9:45 PM American Mary – A disillusioned medical student decides to ply her trade in the shady underworld of unregulated surgeries and body modification with horrifying consequences.
Friday, Oct 19th 9:45 PM Inbred – A group of British inner city kids take a trip to the country, only to discover the deadly nature of the locals. Not for the timid!
Saturday, Oct 20th 6:45 PM [REC] 3:Genesis – The latest installment in the series moves out of building where it started to a lavish wedding. Different from the first two, but very well done.
Saturday, Oct 20th 9:45 PM Cockneys vs Zombies – A bank robbery goes awry, not from poor planning, but an outbreak of zombies. What happens when tough guys fight the undead?
Sunday, Oct 21st 9:45 PM After – Two bush crash survivors find themselves in an abandoned town surrounded with an ever closing black cloud. Time to solve the riddle before those things in the cloud get too close.
Monday, Oct 22nd 9:45 PM Citadel – An agoraphobic father fights a group of feral children that are holding his daughter. Creepy and dark, this gritty film shows what bleakness horror films can conjure.
Wednesday, Oct 24 9:45 PM Dead Sushi – Sushi comes alive and begins to enact revenge upon vacation resort guests. J-splatter pioneer Noboru Iguchi (THE MACHINE GIRL) serves up a crowd-pleasing (and mouth watering) helping of gonzo entertainment.
Thursday, Oct 25th 9:45p Wrong – An absurd crime thriller about a man and the very strange things that happen to him as he tries to track down his kidnapped dog. Stylish and eclectic, it comes from director of Rubber, Quentin Depieux.
Friday, Oct 26th 6:45 PM A Fantastic Fear of Everything - Simon Pegg returns to horror with a film about a writer who’s phobias and imagination go into overdrive when he starts writing a book about Victorian serial killers.
The Bloor Cinema was shut down last year for remodeling and has reopened as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Toronto After Dark Film Festival has returned to the venue by hosting a pair of screenings this summer. Usually reserved for October, the Festival wanted to give those that can’t wait a chance to come out and enjoy some horror, sci-fi, cult and actions films.
We at Xavierpop love the Toronto After Dark Fest (and it shows by our reviews of every film last year) and are very happy for this summer tease. It is perfect timing as the city is alive with culture around the Canada Day Long Weekend and the fest is a perfect. So on Wednesday, June 27 and then two weeks later on Wednesday, July 11 head on over to the Hot Docs Cinema to catch some great films.
To start the festivities off, the June 27th movies are the Juan of the Dead and The Pact.
Juan of the Dead is a Cuban produced dark comedy about the island nation being overrun by zombies. Although the title closely mimics Simon Pegg‘s Shaun of the Dead, beyond having dark humor, and zombies, and being shot on an island, that is where similarities end.
The Pact is about an unsettling presence emerges in a woman’s childhood home as she tries to unravels a mystery in the wake of her mother’s death. Offering a slow burn with a strong ending, this promises to be a dark ghost story.
The second night of films (July 11th) includes Detention and V/H/S.
Detention is a genre smashing tour de force featuring a group of high-schoolers trying to catch a serial killer with the help of some time travel, all whilst stuck in detention on prom night!
V/H/S is about a group of kids that break into a house, finding a VHS tape that includes some things they did not bargain for. An anthology of five shorts uses found footage editing to tell it’s stories.
Individual Film Tickets are $13 each, with discounts for Bloor Cinema Members ($11), buying Double Feature packs ($22), or Summer All-Access (4-Pack Passes) ($39) and also come with the added benefit of Priority Seating. The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is located at 506 Bloor St West at Bathurst.
I am not a fan at all of Robert Zemeckis’ foray into performance-captured animation. It’s weird and looks a little to human while not being at all. Might look cool, however all I can think about when I watch a movie like that is that the characters all look creepy.
I know I am not the only one so I find it odd that two heavyweights such as Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg chose to make the first Tintin movie using this technology. It is such an iconic character and really tough to imagine in anything but the original artwork. What’s next, Asterix and Obelix in weirdo animation?
Maybe I am wrong.
Check out the trailer and let me know : can you get past the distraction that is this weird technology?
Here is the synopsis:
“THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN” Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present An Amblin Entertainment Production A Wingnut Films Production A Kennedy/Marshall Production A Steven Spielberg Film “The Adventures of Tintin” Executive Producers Nick Rodwell Stephane Sperry Ken Kamins Producers Steven Spielberg Peter Jackson Kathleen Kennedy Screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish Based on The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé Directed by Steven Spielberg
Synopsis: Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present a 3D Motion Capture Film “The Adventures of Tintin” directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish. Starring Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot,” “Defiance”) as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (“Quantum of Solace,” “Defiance”) as the nefarious Red Rackham.
Based on the series of books The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, the film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy.
December 23, 2011
source : /Film.