Sep 132014
 

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Hello from Toronto and the Toronto International Film Festival! I have had the most amazing time in Toronto and it’s mostly not because of the movies. Don’t get me wrong, there have been many good films (NIGHTCRAWLER!!!!), but it’s really the people who have made the experience really special.

One of the people I was most looking forward to meeting was Ryan McNeil of The Matinee. Ryan’s writing is some of my favourite on the web and I had a hunch that he would be a top guy to hang out with. My hunch was right – Ryan is not only a fun person, but has been extremely kind and helpful during my time here in Toronto.

Andrew Buckle and I sat down with Ryan (over crepes and coffee) at a local café to chat about the festival and THE COBBLER, a film which we had just seen together. Head over to The Matinee and give it a listen.

I’ll be back in about 10 days, so keep an eye out for lots of TIFF reviews which will be heading to the site. In the meantime, continue enjoying the quality guest posts I’ve been lucky to be able to post.

Aug 162014
 

Oh boy.

I first heard about Nightcrawler when this ad was posted on Craigslist. The ad contained a link which led to the video resume of one Lou Bloom, aka the lead character in Nightcrawler. I must say I appreciate when marketing tries something a little different.

The official synopsis is as follows:

NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents.

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favourite actors right now. Between Enemy, Prisoners and End of Watch , he is so on form. This is director Dan Gilroy’s first feature film, however he is no stranger to Hollywood. Gilroy has behind the pen for films which include The Bourne Legacy, The Fall and Reel Steel.

Madman Entertainment has picked up Nightcrawler for a 2014 release in Australia. The film will première at TIFF (where I hope to see it) in September.