Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Hot Docs are coming!

For all your Hot Docs needs head over to the Torontoist's Hot Docs Hub. If, for some strange reason, you are only interested in what I reviewed I kindly complied the links below.

At the Edge of Russia
After the Apocalypse
The Battle for Barking
Beauty Day
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Boy Cheerleaders
In Heaven Underground
Memoirs of a Plague

Friday, April 22, 2011

Catch Up: 24 Hour Film Challenge, Diddy and Degrassi

Being immersed in Hot Docs has meant little time to give thought to things outside of non-narrative cinema, so I'm sorry for the lack of updates in April.

In lieu of the posts to come (hint: D.E.B.S, Denis Cote) here's what I've been doing at the wonderful Torontoist: return of the 24 Hour Film Challenge, a review of the Diddy concert and my collaboration with Chloe Cushman on the Top Ten Degrassi Junior High T.O. Hangouts.

I also apologize for jinxing spring with that bike post...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring's Top Five Bike Films

I've been sitting on this post for some time but worried hitting publish might jinx spring and bring down another snowmageddon on our heads. But is that any way to live? No. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. And thus: Spring's Top Five Bike Films.

1. Breaking Away Dir. Peter Yates (1979).

If there was ever a time to use the adjective "delightful" it would be to describe this coming of age story, filled with road and detour puns as well those now trendy fixed bike caps. Bonuses: the quarry swimming scene and an impossible young Dennis Quaid.

2. Bicycle Thieves Dir. Vittorio De Sica (1948).

I try to avoid sentimental fascism at all costs, but if this film doesn't move you there's a good chance you're a cyborg. A staple of Italian neorealism it's also a heart-wrenching and simple story of a man pushed to the extreme by everyday existence.

3. Rivers and My Father Dir. Luo Li (2010).

Hamilton filmmaker Luo Li's film opened this year's Images Festival to a packed house at the Royal. A beautiful and quiet film, in nonlinear form Li imagines his father's life based on the latter's memoirs. The reoccurring shots of children sharing bicycles with their parents are equally tender and visually compelling.

4. Wizard of Oz Dir. Victor Fleming (1939).

There is an extremely important life lesson in the Wizard of Oz: evil people ride bikes too.

5. Les Mistons Dir. Francois Truffaut (1957).

I mean really, has the female form ever been more beautifully fetishized on a bike as it is in Les Mistons?

Wear your helmet.

Canadian indie film Son of Sunshine rises on the big screen

Stills from Son of Sunshine courtesy Ioana Vasile.
My write on up on Canadian Indie film, Son of Sunshine, is up on the Torontoist.

Son of Sunshine is playing at the Carleton Cinema in Toronto, April 8-14.