It’s almost that time of year again. My favourite time of year here in Toronto. You guessed it: we are just two weeks away from the Toronto International Film Festival! The sounds of feverish typing and the symphony of programme book pages being turned fill the air. TIFF Members jockey to be online the second […]Read more "Latest Reviews: Toronto Film Files for Wylie Writes"
DANIEL ISN’T REAL is a juggernaut of a thriller, and a modern portrait of trauma and mental illness that enthralled audiences during its Canadian premiere at the 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival. Luke (in a nuanced performance from Miles Robbins) is your average college student. He manoeuvres through awkward roommate encounters and struggles to find […]Read more "FANTASIA FESTIVAL 2019: DANIEL ISN’T REAL (ADAM EGYPT MORTIMER, 2019)"
A loving send-up of paranormal-horror films, EXTRA ORDINARY was a resounding fan favourite during its Canadian premiere at the 2019 Fantasia Festival. Playing to a packed house, EXTRA ORDINARY delivered laugh after laugh with its quirky charm and pure Irish humour. Thirty-something Rose Dooley (played by comedian Maeve Higgins) works as a driving instructor in […]Read more "FANTASIA FESTIVAL 2019: EXTRA ORDINARY (ENDA LOUGHMAN AND MIKE AHERN, 2019)"
Joe Begos’ latest feature film, BLISS, is a high-octane, hallucinogenic trip that will leave your head spinning. It was received by a thunderous round of applause at its Canadian premiere at the 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival. BLISS is an unrelenting assault on the senses that shakes you, untethered and bleary-eyed, leaving you as intoxicated […]Read more "FANTASIA FESTIVAL 2019: BLISS (JOE BEGOS, 2019)"
The Fantasia Festival hosted the North American premiere of Spanish writer-director Jon Mikel Caballero’s highly anticipated debut feature film THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WKND (El increíble finde menguante). The film has already picked up awards in Spain and Andorra with its thoughtful look at relationships, friendships, and self-discovery. Alba (Iria del Rio) has just turned 30 […]Read more "FANTASIA FESTIVAL 2019: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WKND (JON MIKEL CABALLERO, 2019)"
WARNING: This interview contains spoilers. If you have not yet seen A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND, avert your eyes and return once you’ve watched the film. Unless you’re unbothered by spoilers, in which case, read on! This year’s Fantasia Festival treated movie-lovers to a very special advance screening of Abner Pastoll’s sophomore feature, […]Read more "FANTASIA FESTIVAL 2019: Q&A WITH ‘A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD’ TO FIND DIRECTOR ABNER PASTOLL"
Fantasia Festival-goers were fortunate to catch a very special advance screening of Abner Pastoll’s sleek sophomore feature film, A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND. The crime thriller is set to close the 20th anniversary of London’s Fright Fest. I was one of the lucky cinema-goers who was able to catch it here in Montreal […]Read more "FANTASIA FESTIVAL 2019: A GOOD WOMAN IS HARD TO FIND (ABNER PASTOLL, 2019)"