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Archive for December, 2012

Golden Globes nominees get ready for the red carpet

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On Thursday Dec 13th the nominees for the Golden Globes, predecessor for the Oscars and, were announced. Among the leading recipients were “Django Unchained,” “Lincoln” and “Argo”. Here’s the rundown of all the Movie Nominees:

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“Argo”

“Django Unchained”

Life of Pi

“Lincoln”

“Zero Dark Thirty”

Life of Pi may be the

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The Bloor Cinema invites us all to ‘Meet the Fokkens’

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With the holiday season fast approaching, the fine folks at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema have decided that with all the holiday themed options around the city they would offer up some cinematic counter programming. Starting Friday December 14th the cinema starts an exclusive run of the Hot Docs festival alumnus “Meet the Fokkens”. The seemingly innocent documentary based on a pair of 69 year old twin ladies living in Amsterdam might even remind you of your own lovely grandmother. Until you find out that the pair has been working the notorious Red-Light district of Amsterdam for over 40 years! And one of them is still active today!

Meet the Fokkens

Starring Louise and Martine Fokkens

Written and Directed by Gabrielle Provaas and Rob Schroder

“Meet the Fokkens” follows Louise and Martine as they go about their daily routines, (more…)


Oscar narrows down it’s top 15 docs of 2012

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This past Monday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the short list of 15 finalists for nominations in the best Feature Documentary category. The Feature Documentary award is frequently the cause of heated debate and controversy as the sheer amount of possible nominees ensures that hard hitting critic favorites will be left off.

The final 15 are: (more…)


‘Jason Becker’ proves he’s ‘Not Dead Yet’…………..(Film Review)

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After a triumphant set of screenings at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival this past April, Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet makes it return to Toronto screens when it starts Friday Dec 12th at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Not Dead Yet is the inspirational story of one man’s fight and struggle to continue making music after a debilitating disease strikes him down at a young age.

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

Starring : Jason Becker

Directed by Jesse Vile

Jason Becker was already a gifted musician before he hit his teens. In 1989 when doctors diagnosed the then 19 year old with Lou Gehrig’s disease (aka ALS) he was an international virtuoso about to join David Lee Roth as lead guitarist for Van Halen. He had also released a solo album and a debut album (more…)


Blood in the Snow 2012: Devil’s Night Review

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Devil’s Night (2012)

Starring Danielle HarrisSteve ByersShawn RobertsRobbie Amell and Boyd Banks

Written and Directed by Christopher Harrison

Back in 2007 Director Harrison along with his cast and crew set out to make an indie film that played as a horror homage to the films he grew up watching in the 1980’s. After filming was completed the film’s rough cut was turned into a feature that was edited, marketed and released under the name Left for Dead. After a five year wait while other projects took precedence and the film was shelved for a bit, Harrison has finally delivered his final version of the film, Devil’s Night. Devil’s night made its Toronto theatrical premiere at the Blood In the Snow Canadian Film Festival this past weekend.

The College students of a nondescript Canadian town throw wild parties (more…)


Blood In The Snow 2012: In The House of Flies Review

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In the House of Flies (2012)

Starring: Lindsay Smith, Ryan Kotack, Henry Rollins and Ryan Barrett

Written by Angus McLellan

Directed by Gabriel Carrer

Making its World Premiere as part of the Inaugural Fright Nights: Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival this past weekend at Toronto’s Projection Booth East cinema is the newest film from Canadian director Gabriel Carrer (KillIf a Tree Falls), In the House of Flies. The micro budget indie makes use of a small cast and minimal settings to create a suspense thriller about abduction, suffering and sacrifice. But will In the House of Flies be the film to catapult Carrer onto the world stage?

Set in June of 1988 In the House of Flies tells the story of young lovers (more…)


Hot Docs Doc Soup dishes out ‘The House I Live In’ for December’s consumption (Review)

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This month’s Doc Soup presentation from the venerable Hot Docs programmers is The House I Live In. The award winner from this year’s Sundance Film Festival makes its Toronto premiere with 3 showings at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, on Wednesday December 5th at 6:30 and 9:15 and Thursday the 6th at 6:45. The House I Live In is a detailed look at the war on drugs in the US, but from the other side of the coin.

The House I Live in

Written by Eugene Jarecki and Christopher St John

Directed by Eugene Jarecki

In America a war is raging, not just overseas but at home as well, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations. For (more…)