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Canadian Film Fest ’19: Nowhere

Nowhere is difficult to discuss without skimming spoilers, especially since the film deserves to stay a secret for new audiences.  What I can safely share is that this thriller is comparable to last year’s winner Searching.  But, while both movies are about a parent trying to find their missing child, each movie has its own efficient approach.

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Canadian Film Fest ’19: Nose to Tail

In the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, high-end restaurants hold their own against competition and stress, or so we assume.  This facade, however, becomes too much for Daniel, a well-versed chef with a bad reputation and unhealthy work ethic.  Over the span of a day in Nose to Tail, Daniel’s life spins out of control as his attitude costs him his staff and his family, and possibly the last chance he’ll get in the business.

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Canadian Film Fest ’18: A Swingers Weekend

Certain topics pertaining to sex and intimacy aren’t really taboo anymore.  We’ve had an influx of orgy comedies (A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town), and filmmakers have also captured stripped-down dating culture in the current digital age (Jackie Boy, as well as with glossier mainstream movies).  Because of these advancements in storytelling, Jon E. Cohen’s underwhelming feature film debut A Swingers Weekend feels a few years too late.

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Canadian Film Fest ’17: Modern Classic

Making a movie like Modern Classic requires film experience, and I’m not talking about knowing how to assemble a shot list.  It’s a taxing process of compromises that pulls you through the ringer while you remain hopeful and eager.  Modern Classic, a flippant film about this love/hate relationship, uses catharsis and dry humour to exhale.

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Canadian Film Fest ’17: Filth City

Budding filmmaker Andy King has been in hot water with former Toronto councillor Doug Ford, the brother of late mayor Rob Ford who was caught up in worldwide controversy involving drug use caught on tape.  The plot of King’s feature Filth City is centred around a belligerent, frantic mayor searching for a video that captures his illicit drug binging at a house party – you can see why Doug is a little mad.