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Toronto Irish Film Festival Review: Shorts Programme

Toronto Irish Film Festival Review: Shorts Programme

Where the 2007 win for Once’s “Falling Slowly” offers perhaps the only high-profile Irish Oscar win since My Left Foot took two awards in 1990, the 2011 Live Action Short win for The Shore marked the culmination of the country’s consistent nomination success in the short film fie... Read More »

Review: Under The Dark Wing (2014)

Review: Under The Dark Wing (2014)

Christopher Di Nunzio's short film Under The Dark Wing is an exploration of the darker elements of faith and how they fit in to the criminal underworld. There is something supernatural about the young girl who enters the lives of two low level mafia thugs and forever alters the c... Read More »

Reel Indie Film Festival Review: Necronomica (2013)

Reel Indie Film Festival Review: Necronomica (2013)

It’s clear immediately, when the bracketed word “Necronomica” appears over a typically illegible black metal band name, that Kyle Bogart’s short of the same name is out to undercut the absurd theatrics of that oh-so-serious subculture. Yet it’s never without its fair share of aff... Read More »

Reel Indie Film Festival Review: A Little Bit Country (2012)

Reel Indie Film Festival Review: A Little Bit Country (2012)

It’s more than mere conjecture to make the leap from the pre-title scene of awkward discovery that opens A Little Bit Country to something wholly more serious; as off-handedly absurd as a mother discovering her son in the process of donning cowboy boots may be, there’s a non-spec... Read More »

TIFF 2013 Review: The End of Pinky (2013)

TIFF 2013 Review: The End of Pinky (2013)

Some of the best noir writing of all-time occurs in the short story format, which allows the tales to be taut and tight, and the language to be lurid and pulpy without going too far over the top. The grim cleverness of even the best noir patter can grate at feature length, so som... Read More »

TIFF 2013 Review: Impromptu (2013)

TIFF 2013 Review: Impromptu (2013)

Food is far more than survival, it’s the social and cultural lifeblood that binds us to our loved ones and helps us connect with new acquaintances. In director Bruce Alcock’s short film Impromptu one of these situations quickly becomes another, and a quiet evening at home transfo... Read More »

TIFF 2013 Review: Gloria Victoria (2013)

TIFF 2013 Review: Gloria Victoria (2013)

Short film is a medium that encourages, often demands a strong stylistic approach. There is little time to delve into complexity, or to paint completely formed characters in a script, so the visual element becomes an exceedingly important component. A short film with an assured v... Read More »

TIFF 2013 Review: Subconscious Password (2013)

TIFF 2013 Review: Subconscious Password (2013)

Walking into a building I have visited countless times yesterday, I was greeted by a man who was a stranger to me, but seemed to recognize me. He was excited to see me and began spilling out details of his life and recollections from our previous conversation, one that I am reaso... Read More »

TIFF 2013 Review: Pepper’s Ghost (2013)

TIFF 2013 Review: Pepper’s Ghost (2013)

Stephen Broomer is an avant-garde filmmaker, film preservationist, teacher, and a member of the Loop Collective (a group of independent media artists that provides a public forum for integrating experimental film and video with other art forms). His films provoke questions and di... Read More »

Subversive Saturday: Pie in the Sky (1935)

Subversive Saturday: Pie in the Sky (1935)

In an unlikely combination of one of America cinema’s most influential filmmaker’s and one of the fathers of avant-garde films, Elia Kazan and Ralph Steiner combine forces to create a wonderfully subversive short titled Pie in the Sky (1936), where there might not be enough pie f... Read More »

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