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With all the buzz around world premieres and gala events happening at the Toronto International Film Festival, it’s easy to forget there is also a pretty stellar shorts program in the mix. Consisting of work spanning all genres, the format is a great way to experience new, upcoming talent as well as to check up on a couple familiar faces too. The following is a collection of capsule reviews and scores for each short in their respective screening blocks.
Bardo Light – 10 minutes
What do you get when you mix the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the ancient metallurgical science of alchemy, and the namesake of inventor Philo Farnsworth? The answer is Connor Gaston‘s short film Bardo Light—titled for the bright glow none of us can avoid at the end of our lives.
Told via the police interrogation of the younger Farnsworth (Shaan Rahman) after his adopted »
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Stars: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney, Amy Groening, Garrett Hnatiuk, Brent Neale, Kevin Anderson, Meredith Sweeney, Zsuzsi | Written and Directed by Astron-6 (aka Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, Matthew Kennedy, Steven Kostanski, Conor Sweeney)
For people who remember older Troma movies like The Toxic Avenger they will remember that they were pretty gory. Kids were run over then got their heads squashed under car wheels, hell the violence and gore was at a high level, but the most important thing was they had a sense of humour. A lot of horror films don’t go for that sense of humour now, some may say we have lost that element of horror that we just aim for the gore and forget what fun horror can be. In ways that is true, but then came Father’s Day.
Chris Fuchman is the Father’s Day Killer; he rapes fathers »
*a screener of this film was provided by Troma Entertainment.
Troma Entertainment is well known for its range of B movie craziness, and the schlock produced in Father's Day is different than their usual fare. It tries to be serious before slapping viewers with comedy. This film marks the debut of Astron-6, a new collective of filmmakers who quite enjoy stamping a grindhouse style onto their premiere product.
Although this tradition dates back to the days of early modern burlesque, the 30's and 70's vibe is replaced with more of the 80's style nostalgia. Here, Ahab (Adam Brooks) is out on a quest for revenge. He's after »
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3 items from 2012
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