Saturday August 30, 2014

Films reviewed for upcoming festival


A Mile in these Hooves, Comedy

It’s a trip not of a mile but 3400 kilometres, the distance from Toronto to Venice Beach, California.  And it’s not a horseback ride either but a journey on foot inside (yes, inside) a two-person donkey costume.

Along the way, the two brothers, Mark and Tom, face the crises of the stolen cookie, the desert heat and a new love abandoned to the journey.  It’s funny – the situation, the story, the visuals and the donkey. Come and meet him and the guys from “the inside” at the festival screening.  

Prior to the festival, join Mark and Tom as they travel from Toronto to the Yorkton Film Festival.  They’ll be tweeting anecdotes and photos from their journey. Their twitter handle is (@HoovesFilm)

The Golden Ticket, Comedy

So… what would you do with the golden ticket, a “go free” card that eliminates all consequences for your choices? Follow Bradley Moore through a very bad day. Come to the screening and ask filmmaker, Patrick Hagerty, about his character’s nerdy personality and his unexpected “golden ticket” reactions.

Jingle Bell Rocks, Emerging Filmmaker

This film depicts people that collect vinyl and tapes of original and alternative Christmas music, tunes like “Alvin and the Chipmunks” or “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus”. This is an engaging film. The characters are captivating.  Their stories are touching. And it does remind us that, despite our supposed dislike of some of these Christmas tunes, we’re still attached to them. Come and see the film and relive the memories of a holiday past.

Once were Enemies, Documentary History and Biography

I didn’t think it possible.  For this film, filmmaker Eva Wunderman brought together four survivors from the Battle of Peleliu, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Pacific Theatre in World War Two. Two of the men are American and two are Japanese. They trek into the jungle, find remnants of the fierce fighting, describe a battle from two different points of view and talk about forgivenes. It is a story of pain and reconciliation.

Reveille, Drama

Reveille shows the cost of war to those left behind as one man struggles to capture every nuance of his partner’s preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. Despite its serious anti-war theme, the film has its moments of levity as well. This is very good drama. It’s amazing what a talented filmmaker can capture in a film only eight minutes in length.



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