Fair disclosure: I saw backcountry in September at the Calgary International Film Festival. It played there as a film made by a Canadian crew – including Alberta director Adam MacDonald – and because it was really, really good. My CIFF review follows the jump.
After careful consideration – and with some trepidation – I’ve finally put together my final list of my favorite movies from 2014. It was the first time in a long while that I saw more than 200 movies and a lot of them were incredibly good (a lot were incredibly bad, or boring, but I’ve already dealt with those).
As usual, these are the films that got me laughing, crying, engaged in conversations and generally made my brain fizz in a good way. As usual, anyone who says it was a crap year for movies just wasn’t paying attention.
Also note that two movies – Selma and Boyhood (despite their importance in terms of history and/or unique concepts) did not make my favorites list – not because they were bad films. They were not. They were very, very good ones. They just didn’t connect with me as much as these twenty did.
So, hold your breath – here we go…
Backcountry, the Alberta-made thriller I reviewed for Eclipse while attending the Calgary International Film Festival in September, has a trailer. Check it out after the jump.
Backcountry opens on March 20th.
One of the more interesting movies I saw at the Calgary International Film Festival last fall, was Backcountry – an unusual horror story in which nature is the real horror.
Backcountry is the first film from Canadian writer/director Adam MacDonald and stars Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue),Jeff Roop (Heartland) and Eric Balfour (Haven). Check out the official synopsis following the jump. Backcountry opens on March 20th.
Syfy will be airing original TV movie Mutant World on Saturday, November 8th.
The film, which had its world premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival last month, is about a group of survivalists who emerge from their bunkers after ten years to find the world overrun with hideous mutants.
Written by Matthew Campagna and directed by David Winning (Andromeda, Blood Ties), Mutant World stars Kim Coates (Falling Skies), Holly Deveaux (Hemlock Grove) and Ashanti (Army Wives, Resident Evil: Extinction.
For more, follow the jump.
LFO – a high-quality, low-fi science fiction black comedy (Eclipse gave it an A following its appearance at the Calgary International Film Festival) – works just as well on a small screen as it did in the theater because for all that it successfully achieves its ambitions, it is an intimate study on one man’s descent into madness.
Sony Pictures Classics has released a new trailer for Foxcatcher – the tragic true story of John DuPont and the Olympic gold medal wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz, directed by Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball).
Foxcatcher is slated for a November 14 release and has amassed a lot of critical buzz for all three leads – Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell (I saw it at the Calgary International Film Festival where it closed the festival to much applause) . Check out the new trailer after the jump.
Swedish sci-fi film LFO (We gave it an A-) is coming to DVD. The low-budget, low-fi film is a dark (very dark) comedy about a man who discovers a way to use low-frequency sound to hypnotize others and uses it to fuel his personal fantasies – until those fantasies reach megalomaniac proportions.
Check out a new trailer for the Dark Sky DVD/VOD/Digital HD release, available on October 28th.
A lonely, sad sack scientist wannabe discovers a combination of very low frequencies that appear to make people extremely suggestible. At first, he uses his discovery to act out his wildest fantasies, but then, as his past catches up with him, he goes farther than even he could have imagined.
LFO is a micro-budgeted, low-fi sci-fi comedy from Sweden’s Antonio Tublen that looks at human nature in a supremely twisted way. It was one of my favorite films at this year’s Calgary International Film Festival.
The Calgary International Film Festival has released its list of award winners – and Whiplash has won taken the Audience Choice Narrative award, as the festival reached record attendance of nearly 28, 869. That’s a 42% increase from last year’s 20,000 attendees.
For complete list of award winners and more, check out the festival’s press release following the jump.
After seeing twenty films in eight days, I can confirm that Movie Maker got it right. The 15th Calgary International Film Festival was definitely an crowd pleaser. Featuring World, North American and Canadian premieres (in the case of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, pictured above – both the 2D and 3D North American premieres), as well as films with huge awards buzz (like Whiplash and Foxcatcher), and an emphasis on Canadian and Albertan films, CIFF’s programmers put together a selection that genuinely had something for everyone.