The first thing I noticed upon arriving at the Gala screening of Janie Jones at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was the inordinate number of beautiful and svelte six-foot-tall women towering over me -- enough to make anyone of normal proportions (i.e. myself) a trifle self-conscious.
Abner Meecham (Hal Holbrook) has seen better days. At the age of 80, having lost his wife and unable to care for himself, his son has placed him in the care of old-age home. Suffering within the system and determined to spend his final days elsewhere, he packs his bags and leaves destined for his old home, a family farm just outside the city limits.
Imagine knowing that unless a miracle happens, you will be dead within two years. In 2007, that was the situation facing then 23-year-old Eva Markvoort. Born with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that affects the lungs, causing them to fill with mucous and making it harder for those inflicted to breathe, Eva was in rough shape. Due to the condition itself, patients are isolated from others.
The Los Angeles United Film Festival -- part of a series of United film festivals that also takes place in San Francisco, Tulsa, Chicago, New York, and London -- calls itself "a film festival for everyone, a place where art and community converge." After founding the Tulsa United Film Festival seven years ago, filmmaker Jason Connell began the Los Angeles fe
It's hard to believe that this is my fifth year covering the Vancouver International Film Festival as a member of the press.
Dex (Scott Speedman) and Royce (Wes Bentley) are a pair of strung-out slackers in a little bit of trouble. They owe their drug dealer friend Omar a rather large sum of money. Lucky for them their friend, a hooker by the name of Mattie (Taryn Manning), has an idea to rob one of her rich clients, a former hippie with a fear of banks.
Here we are, nearly four months into 2006, and as a movie critic and entertainment writer something has been bugging me: the downright lack of good movies.
For most people, the 24th annual Vancouver International Film Festival started on Thursday, September 29th, with the opening day of screenings at the festival's 10 screens. In terms of the official launch of the parties that come with the festival, that occurred later that night at the Aquarium.
Looking back at my introduction article to last year's Vancouver International Film Festival, I found it hard to believe that a year had passed since the 2003 edition. It had been an interesting year at the movies and one that I was hoping to out-do with the 2004 edition.
The first edition of the shorts film festival Wrap Yourself in Our Shorts, celebrating Vancouver's independent film community, takes place over two nights at the Planet Theatre at the HR MacMillian Space Centre. The festival not only has a witty name, but is comprised of a great selection of short films by Canadian filmmakers.