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2010 Sound On Sight Staff Award Winners

22 December 2010 3:43 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A few weeks ago I posted the nominations for the Sound On Sight staff awards. In December the Sound On Sight website celebrated it’s two year anniversary. In a short span of time we have quickly grown in popularity across the globe and certified a strong respected critical voice. Although most of us are not actual film critics but rather movie buffs, our team has time and time again exceeded any expectations in providing work of quality not quantity.

The Sound On Sight Staff Awards is not meant to be seen as a competition between our contributors. Instead it is really a way to say thank you to everyone who worked so hard. It is also meant to showcase some of our best work from the past twelve months. As announced on our 250th episode of Sound On Sight Radio, we decided that we just couldn’t choose between our staff. »

- Ricky

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Indie Film Focus - IFC Films 'Cold Weather,' 'Heartbeats,' 'The Imperialists Are Still Alive' updates and images.

22 December 2010 7:08 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We love supporting indie flicks, as such, we are pleased to offer you new images and info on several IFC Films releases. First up, Aaron Katz directs and writes "Cold Weather," a mystery comedy which stars Cris Lankenau, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Raul Castillo and Robyn Rikoon. Brendan McFadden & Ben Stambler produce. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, followed by a much-lauded screening at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival...read more about the film. Next, Xavier Dolan follows his directorial debut made on "I Killed My Mother" with "Heartbeats," a comedy romance where he stars along with Marie Camille and Niels Schneider (also from "I Killed My Mother") »

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Indie Film Focus - IFC Films 'Cold Weather,' 'Heartbeats,' 'The Imperialists Are Still Alive' updates and images.

22 December 2010 7:08 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We love supporting indie flicks, as such, we are pleased to offer you new images and info on several IFC Films releases. First up, Aaron Katz directs and writes "Cold Weather," a mystery comedy which stars Cris Lankenau, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Raul Castillo and Robyn Rikoon. Brendan McFadden & Ben Stambler produce. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, followed by a much-lauded screening at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival...read more about the film. Next, Xavier Dolan follows his directorial debut made on "I Killed My Mother" with "Heartbeats," a comedy romance where he stars along with Marie Camille and Niels Schneider (also from "I Killed My Mother") »

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Best Soundtracks of 2010

19 December 2010 5:19 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The best soundtracks of 2010 are somewhat varied and random. Not always does a great film produce great music and sometimes a horrible film can have decent music, there is no pattern. Thus, I have made my own very subjective selective pattern. Using my main theory that a soundtrack is best when it reflects and capitalizes on the moments and story of the film and weaker when its motive is good music placed thoughtlessly in scenes, each inclusion still has its own exceptions. For instance, monotony is not a highly praised quality, but see how many Brian Eno and Broken Social Scene tracks are present on this list! So read, enjoy, agree or disagree because it is all in good fun.

10. It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Though I am generally disappointed that the Broken Social Scene score was not included anywhere on the soundtrack, the remaining inclusions of Bss »

- Kaitlin McNabb

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Tiff names Canada’s top 10 features and shorts

15 December 2010 8:59 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Canada’s Top Ten honors “excellence in Canadian cinema and raises public awareness of Canadian achievements in film.” (via IndieWire) Canada’s Top Ten feature film selections for 2010 (in alphabetical »

- Ryan Adams

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Tiff Announces Canada's Top Ten

14 December 2010 8:10 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Every year 'round about this time the Toronto International Film Festival Group announces their selections as Canada's Top Ten Feature Films and Short Films. Selected by a jury of industry professionals it's general a pretty good guide for what's happening here in any given year.

This year's selections were announced today and while I personally consider the absence of Jacob Tierney's Good Neighbours to be a significant omission it's pretty hard to argue with the titles that are actually in there. The films selected will all screen at the Tiff Bell Lightbox beginning in January. Here's the full announcement:

Toronto -- Tiff revealed the top 10 best features and top 10 best short films of 2010 this evening at the 10th annual Canada's Top Ten industry event, hosted by Peter Keleghan and Leah Pinsent. Established in 2001, Canada's Top Ten celebrates excellence in Canadian cinema and raises public awareness of Canadian achievements in film. »

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First Clips of 'Good Neighbours'

8 December 2010 6:54 AM, PST | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

The first three clips of Jacob Tierney's Good Neighbours surfaced online and the release date for the film hasn't been announced yet.

Speaking about the story, the film is adapted from the novel Chère voisine, which was written by Chrystine Brouillet, and takes place in 1995, the year of the second referendum on the separation of Quebec. In the dead of winter, a serial killer is on the loose in the small Montreal neighbourhood of Notre Dame de Grace. The tenants of an old apartment house must figure out who they can trust and who they can't.

The film stars Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman, Emily Hampshire, Xavier Dolan, Gary Farmer, Kaniehtiio Horn, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Pat Kiely, Nathalie Girard and Sean Lu.

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- anhkhoido@gmail.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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Good Neighbours Moves in with Magnolia Pictures

5 December 2010 12:00 AM, PST | movies.about.com | See recent About.com Hollywood Movies news »

Writer/director Jacob Tierney's thriller Good Neighbours has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures for Us distribution. Good Neighbours, which had its world premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival, stars Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman, and Emily Hampshire.

From the Toronto Film Festival description: "Louise (Emily Hampshire), a waitress in an always empty Chinese restaurant, has a rather unhealthy attachment to her cats. Her relationships with her apartment mates aren't much better. Her only friend, Spencer (Scott Speedman), is a caustic widower with a supercilious smirk who's confined to a wheelchair. Meanwhile, newly arrived Victor (Jay Baruchel) is an overly friendly elementary school teacher who's desperate for human contact. Victor's painfully obvious interest in Louise upsets the routine that Louise and Spencer have developed - as does a string of unsolved homicides in the area, a subject that Louise takes an unseemly interest in."

Good Neighbours also features Micheline Lanctot, »

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21st Stockholm Film Festival Embraces Indie Talent On The Rise

30 November 2010 8:54 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

For ten days every November, cinephiles of every stripe are afforded an opportunity to revel in a crowd- and critic-pleasing smorgasbord of plucky international programming at the Stockholm International Film Festival, now in its 21st season. Yes it’s cold and the sun sets early in the afternoon, but what better excuse to take refuge in one of the capital city’s well-appointed, old-fashioned movie halls? Under director Git Scheynius, who co-founded the annual festival in 1990, the main focus of the competition is to provide a showcase for rising young talent, directors like Aaron Katz (Cold Weather) or Xavier Dolan (whose sophomore effort Heartbeats opened the fest) who have no more than three feature films to their credit. With 175 films from over 50 countries screening at venues in bustling Norrmalm and the ultra-chic Södermalm district, the Stockholm fest (which ended Saturday night with Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone taking top… »

- Damon Smith

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Heartbeats (Les amours imaginaires) | Review - AFI Fest 2010

27 November 2010 1:07 PM, PST | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

A lot of people seem to hate Xavier Dolan, but I am wondering if most of it is just plain old jealousy. At the ripe young age of 21, Dolan has already screened two feature films at Cannes (where he won three awards -- Prix Regards Jeune, C.I.C.A.E. Award and Sacd Prize -- for his first feature, I Killed My Mother). Sure, there have been several directors who have made stronger first films than I Killed My Mother (to list a few: Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Ken Loach, Roman Polanski, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Satyajit Ray, John Cassavetes, Louis Malle, Sidney Lumet, John Sayles, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Allison Anders, Steven Soderbergh, Coen Brothers, Todd Haynes, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson) -- but how many of them were under 21-years old? »

- Don Simpson

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On Eligibility Requirements. Your Input Please

27 November 2010 12:45 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In the past only NYC theatrical releases have been eligible for this site's own Film Bitch Awards and I've also considered making "one week qualifiers" ineligible even if they open in NYC on account of "do they really belong to that year?"... but more and more I wonder if any of the old rules should apply -- how to even keep track of them if they do -- and whether I'm too strict? It can sometimes take two years for a great festival film to find release if it ever does.

Recent or current confusions to illustrate

Calendar Straddlers Frankie & Alice is getting a 2010 Oscar qualifying release but initially people thought of it as a 2009 qualifying release because it was listed as one with Oscar (they print the "qualifying" lists before the deadline is up and some films don't behave as announced, release wise.)Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives and Certified Copy, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Sliff 2010 Review: I Killed My Mother

12 November 2010 6:00 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

If you can get past it’s shocking title, I Killed My Mother, you’ll discover an intense, study of a young man’s complex, emotional relationship with his single mother. You’ll also find a very talented young man named Xavier Dolan who not only gives a terrific acting performance, but also wrote and directed this French Canadian domestic comedy-drama.

We first see Hubert (Dolan) speaking directly to the camera during one of his black and white video confessionals. Like many sixteen year-olds, he is embarrassed and frustrated by his parents. Or in this case, parent as his father left shortly after he was was born. Hubert vents his rage against his mother, Chantale (Anne Dorval). He seems to find fault with everything she does (how she eats, what she listens to on the radio, her fashion style) and the drive to his school becomes a battle. At school »

- Jim Batts

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Emmerich's 'Anonymous' Finds Composers

31 October 2010 11:50 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Roland Emmerich is apparently prepping some kind of super secret alien invasion movie in the same vein as Cloverfield, but before that we'll see the release of his film Anonymous on September 23, 2011.

Anonymous uses the argument it was the 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere (Rhys Ifans), that actually wrote Shakespeare's plays and is described as something of a political thriller set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I (Vanessa Redgrave), and the Essex Rebellion against her.

The film features Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Xavier Dolan, Joely Richardson, Jamie Campbell-Bower, Derek Jacobi, Rafe Spall and Rhys Ifans, the latter of which plays de Vere and it's said it was Ifans's performance in Anonymous that brought him to the attention of Columbia suits and earned him the role as the lead villain, The Lizard, in Marc Webb's upcoming Untitled Spider-Man Reboot.

Of course, all of this »

- Brad Brevet

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Lff 2010: And It Hurts With Every... Cannon

21 October 2010 3:01 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

David from Victim of the Time, reporting from the 54th BFI London Film Festival.

I've been engrossed in this festival for so long now, it already feels like it's winding down; in fact, there's another week to go, with Danny Boyle's 127 Hours the closing night gala next Thursday evening. Perhaps my feeling comes from the fact that my most anticipated film is just around the corner: yes, I too fell under the spell of the Black Swan trailer, and it hits my eyeballs tomorrow. I'm at fever pitch. Today, though, we visit Italia and Quebec, but not before a British perennial delivers once again...

Lesley Manville.

I realise I have a tendency to waffle, so I thought I’d get straight to the point.

I had my problems with Another Year, but, as you’ve heard (and heard, and heard), Lesley Manville is absolutely superb in it. I’d heard that too, »

- Dave

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London Film Festival reviews: Never Let Me Go, Blue Valentine, Heartbeats, Leap Year, Living On Love Alone

20 October 2010 10:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

In the first of his columns from the London Film Festival, Michael reports back with five movies worthy of your attention...

Blogging from a festival is a daunting task. The London Film Festival is a massive deal, at least from a raw numbers point of view. With the late additions to the bill, it comes to over 200 films, in just over two weeks of screenings.

Making sense of it all is made easier by spotting threads, be it thematic, national or topical, and these columns are spinning out of that thinking. I was surprised by how immediately the connections presented themselves. It's silly, really, as this is a pretty well curated amalgam of cinema.

Within the first week of previews, I was blindsided by a selection of films that, you could say, strayed a little close to home. They featured young adults, that key demographic that sits in between maturity and middle age, »

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Ciff 2010: Our capsule reviews

16 October 2010 6:38 AM, PDT | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

• Bill Stamets and Roger Ebert

The 46th Chicago International Film Festival will play this year at one central location, on the many screens of the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois. A festivalgoers and filmmakers' lounge will be open during festival hours at the Lucky Strike on the second level. Tickets can be ordered online at Ciff's website, which also organizes the films by title, director and country. Tickets also at AMC; sold out films have Rush Lines. More capsules will be added here.

"127 Hours" (USA)A tour de force by James Franco and Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"). Many are familiar with the true story, and just as many probably thought it could never be filmed. Boyle succeeds. A climber named Aron Ralston went climbing by himself in remote canyons, and was trapped deep in a crevice when a falling rock pinned his arm. He had limited food and water, no »

- Roger Ebert

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Lff 2010: (Self-) Love Gone Blue

15 October 2010 6:09 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

David from Victim of the Time, reporting from the London Film Festival.

“Why would I go to London?! No way!”

A wry chuckle greeted this on-screen outburst during my first public screening of the 54th BFI London Film Festival. I may have already sat through two and a half weeks of press screenings, but in that moment I knew the energy had changed now the festival had kicked into gear. Without the abundance of eagerly-awaited premieres and the bidding wars that come with them, Britain's premiere film festival is fuelled mostly by a pure love of the art of film. It’s my fourth festival, my second as a press delegate (follow the ‘London Film Festival’ tag to delve into last year’s coverage), and my first as a resident Londoner, so it’s a strikingly different experience for me. I’ll be rolling out capsules reviews – accompanied by as »

- Dave

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Nathalie Baye To Mother Garrel in Dolan's Laurence Anways

12 October 2010 8:20 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After two back to back splashes in Cannes, the French from France have taken a particular interest in French Canada's export Xavier Dolan. The young filmmaker is in the financing stages of his next project, a Canada-France co-production that would only allow the filmmaker to make a cameo appearance as the lead has been locked up by Louis Garrel, and now helping out with the funding, the name of Nathalie Baye has been added to the cast. Baye will take on the role of the mother in Laurence Anways. The film will serve as a re-introduction of the Baye and Garrel families: Garrel starred with Baye's actress daughter, Laura Smet in Philippe Garrel's La Frontière de l'aube. Now Garrel and Smet will have the chance to discuss Baye's mothering skills. This tells the story of a man (Garrel) who loves a woman and what happens to the relationship when »

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The King's Speech Takes Top Prize at Hamptons International Film Festival

11 October 2010 8:14 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Tom Hooper's The King's Speech is expected to be an awards-favorite this year and easily grab one of the ten Best Picture nomination slots at this year’s Oscars.  The film has already won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The film centers on King George VI (played by Colin Firth) working with a speech therapist (played by Geoffrey Rush) to overcome his stammer and speak effectively to his country during wartime.

This past weekend, the film picked up the audience award at the 18th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival.  Other winners at the festival included Jill Andresevic’s documentary Love, Etc., Aaron Schock’s Circo, and Alice Nellis’ Mamas & Papas.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.  The King’s Speech is due out on November 26th.

Here’s the press release and full list of winners:

The King’S Speech, »

- Matt Goldberg

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'The King's Speech' Wins Hamptons Fest Audience Award

10 October 2010 6:49 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

East Hampton, NY (October 10th, 2010) – The Hamptons International Film Festival announced tonight their audience, jury and special prizes at their awards ceremony. Tom Hooper’s The King’S Speech and Jill Andresevic’s Love Etc. take the audience awards honored tonight among the film industries finest. Mamas And Papas, directed by Alice Nellis, was selected by the jury as the winner of The Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award. The Documentary Golden Starfish went to Aaron Schock’s Circo. Mamas And Papas also took home the Zicherman Screenplay Award. Another winner in the Narrative category, Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats took the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography. The festival’s Brizzolara Family Conflict and Resolution Award was presented to Lisa Gossel’s My So Called Enemy. Special awards went to The House Of Suh, directed by Iris Shim, which was the winner of the Investigation Discovery Award for Excellence in Journalism, and No Tomorrow, »

- MIKE FLEMING

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