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Discovering Georgian Cinema Opening at TIFF Bell Lightbox May 8

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on May 7, 2015

Discovering Georgian Cinema, a touring retrospective of this exotic and hard-to-see national cinema, runs at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from May 8 to May 19. Covering three distinct periods of Georgian cinema – the silent era, the narrative film era, and the contemporary Georgian new wave – read more

Review: The Cow

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Mar 5, 2015

Of all the Iranian films that I’ve never seen but heard (or read) a lot about, Dariush Mehrjui’s The Cow (1974) tops the list. Widely accepted as the film that launch the Iranian New Wave, The Cow comes to Toronto and, presumably, a fresh audience as part of TIFF’s I for Iran: A read more

Review: P Like Pelican (1972)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Mar 4, 2015

The opening screening of I for Iran: A History of Iranian Cinema by its Creators is a programme of short films including 1972’s P Like Pelican, directed by Parviz Kimiavi. In just 25 minutes, P Like Pelican is a rich introduction to the national cinema of Iran reflecting both the Iranian New read more

I for Iran: A History of Iranian Cinema by Its Creators Launches at TIFF

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Mar 4, 2015

It’s long been rumored that Iran has a rich and robust national cinema. That “rumor” is not meant to be sarcastic, because despite a body of critical literature on Iranian cinema, the work itself has been remarkably difficult to see. Due to domestic religious and political censors read more

The New and Improved Innis Town Hall: It’s Worth all the Fuss

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Pam on Feb 27, 2015

If you’re a cinema fan, and you live in Toronto, chances are you’ve seen a movie at the Innis Town Hall. Not only the main teaching and screening space for Innis College at University of Toronto, it’s also a community space, open to the public. Many film festivals screen there; th read more

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) on Blu-ray

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Feb 16, 2015

Birdman, starring Michael Keaton (along with a glorious ensemble cast) proved to be an unexpected gem of the award bids season. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman follows a washed-up former super hero actor who must battle his own ego, family and love woes, and the egos of his cast read more

10 Brilliant Zombie(ish) moments for Halloween.

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Sophie Vickers on Oct 31, 2014

Halloween is upon again, and while there’s a cinematic gold mine of different horror subgenres that can be enjoyed in October, my favourite is definitely the zombie film. Here are but ten of my favourites, and I want to point out that I’ve gone for the loose terminology for what a zombi read more

Big Stars, Short Form at TIFF

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Oct 8, 2014

Hot on the heels of the introduction of the new Short Cuts International short film programme at the Toronto International Film Festival (in addition to the annual Short Cuts Canada), TIFF is introducing short films into the year round programming at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The monthly shorts offer read more

Robin Williams’ Greatest Performances

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Wade Sheeler on Aug 25, 2014

This has been a tough week for crises domestic and abroad. In the midst of some tumultuous world events, we’ve  lost some major film icons, reminding us how ephemeral life is. Robin Williams left us far too early, and we are still reeling over this genius’ sad and untimely departure. While many read more

Top 10 Paris Films

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Sophie Vickers on Aug 18, 2014

I’ve just returned from a holiday to Paris, and before I went I marathoned a lot of films I know that take place in Paris (including Taken, against my better judgement). Here are ten of the best. You can’t talk about France without mentioning something a little racy, and Last Tango in Paris read more

Book Review: Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Laura Grande on Aug 14, 2014

I can still recall where I was when I heard the news that renowned film critic Roger Ebert had passed away at the age of 70 on April 4, 2013. I was sitting in my cubicle at work, taking a brief respite from editing an article to scroll through my Twitter feed. When I came across the headline, I fro read more

WUSA (1970)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Toyiah Murry on Aug 7, 2014

Paul Newman wears the crown of exalted actors in my book. It all began when I spotted those piercing blue eyes as Brick in Richard Brooks’ steamy drama, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I have long respected the passionate performances of Orson Wells, the rough candor of Spencer Tracy, the everyman purity read more

The Sand Castle (1977)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Bennett O'Brian on Jul 26, 2014

The first time the National Film Board of Canada was awarded an Oscar in the category of Best Animated Short Film it was for Co Hoedeman’s imaginative short The Sand Castle (1977). 25 years earlier, Norman McLaren’s NFB stop-motion short Neighbours (1952) won the Academy Award – But, for some read more

Now Playing: Magic, Realism: The Films of Sara Driver at TIFF

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Brandy Dean on Jul 25, 2014

Magic, Realism: The Films of Sara Driver is now playing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The liner notes for DVD collection Driver X4: The Lost and Found Films of Sara Driver include an essay from author Luc Sante notes “Sara Driver’s Movies Are Doorways Into the Unknown.” True statemen read more

Top 5 Summer Vacation Movies

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Wade Sheeler on Jul 22, 2014

Nothing’s worse than watching Christmas movies in July, or warm weather ones when it’s snowing outside. So now that the sun is out and the heat is on, why not pull out some of these favorites that remind us why summer’s were meant to be endless and there’s nothing’s be read more

After Hours (1985)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Robert Liwanag on Jul 21, 2014

On first viewing, After Hours seems like something of an anomaly. Even for a filmmaker like Martin Scorsese – who had already made a musical, a concert documentary and a dark comedy at the time – his 1985 effort feels incredibly different. But After Hours is important for two reasons. Firstly, it’s read more

Neighbours (1952)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Bennett O'Brian on Jul 19, 2014

The National Film Board of Canada has been nominated 33 times in the category for Best Animated Short at the Academy Awards, which makes it the second most highly nominated producer of animation behind Walt Disney Pictures. Pretty impressive for a publicly-funded agency of a foreign government. The read more

The Pied Piper (1985)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Bennett O'Brian on Jul 12, 2014

The Pied Piper is one of the most famous stories in all European folklore, however the genesis of the character cannot be precisely placed. It is likely the Piper became an embodiment of infectious disease, particularly the Black Death which devastated populations across Europe during the 14th Cent read more

Top 5 Frightening Females in J-Horror

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Sophie Vickers on Jul 7, 2014

When it comes to horror films, some of the best ever made have  come from the Japanese film industry. I suppose apart from The Ring (and possibly Audition) you could possibly call it an alternative list, but regardless here are five girls in J-Horror who could easily give you nightmares. Of all th read more

Writer/Director Jane Weinstock (The Moment)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Lesley Coffin on Jul 4, 2014

Ten years after her feature film debut with Easy, writer/director/producer Jane Weinstock is bringing her follow up film, The Moment to audiences.  Debuting at film festivals in 2013, the thriller The Moment is now in theaters and On-Demand.  Ms. Weinstock sat down to discuss making this character read more
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