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TIFF 2014: Three more notables, plus a lucky top 13

September 25, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!Three films at this year's Toronto Film Film Festival achieved...

TIFF 2014: American standouts

September 24, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!In high school, Hal Hartley was my first cinematic battle....

Guardian Intelligence: Sept. 24 – 30, 2014

September 23, 2014
MASONIC MOONWALKBeck brought his endlessly funky band to the new Masonic Sept. 19 for opening night, where they ran through melancholy new tunes from...

TIFF 2014: Foreign favorites, part two (Asia and beyond)

September 22, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou (1990) was an unofficial remake of...

TIFF 2014: Foreign favorites, part one

September 19, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!** Working steadily for over 40 years, achieving more than...

Questions of the week: Who is the walrus? And who is Liam Neeson gonna take down next? New movies!

If Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' ongoing Pixel Vision posts about the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival have you longing for your own festival experience, check...

TIFF 2014: Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look of Silence’

September 18, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!News broke earlier this week that Joshua Oppenheimer — the...

Hockey! Drums! Pianos! And TRASHY MOVIES! Passions ruled TIFF 2014

September 17, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from an epic Toronto International Film Festival. Read his first installment here.Despite notable entries like George Roy Hill's defining Slap...

Toronto International Film Festival report: in defense of the long, long movie

September 16, 2014
The unstoppable Jesse Hawthorne Ficks keeps his eyes open 24/7 through another Toronto International Film Festival, and lives to tell the tale (but shares no...

New direction

SF Film Society head Noah Cowan settles into the job — and eagerly awaits his first SFIFF

Brawl opera

It's only April, but The Raid 2 is the action movie of the year

Exile on Main St. USA

'Escape From Tomorrow' creeps inside the Mouse House

TIFF diary #9: this is ‘The End’

Every time I told people that Lav Diaz's Norte, the End of History (Philippines) was my favorite film of this year's Toronto International Film...

TIFF diary #8: Rivers and Russell, ‘Blue,’ and a likely Oscar contender

More from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival with Jesse Hawthorne Ficks.A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (Estonia/France) is the first collaboration between...

TIFF diary #7: Southern gothics

September 30, 2013
Intrepid filmgoer Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' reports from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival continue this week. Stay tuned for more posts, including Jesse's upcoming...

TIFF diary #6: For music lovers

September 26, 2013
Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson is back and he may have just created one of the most riotous punk rock extravaganzas ever. We Are the...

TIFF diary #5: Reichardt, Turturro, and Pawlikowski

September 25, 2013
The surprise crowd-pleaser of TIFF 2013 was John Turturro's Fading Gigolo (US). Showcasing Woody Allen in a rare acting-only role, this surprisingly romantic tale...

TIFF diary #4: never sleep again

September 24, 2013
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks returns, and this time he's got the genre goods! Check back for more of his 2013 Toronto International Film Festival coverage,...

TIFF diary #3: Claire Denis, Jia Zhangke, and Wang Bing

September 23, 2013
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks watched 33 films at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and we'll be sharing his impressions chunk by chunk. Stay tuned...

TIFF diary #2: dead cheerleaders + Tsai, Hong, and Breillat

September 19, 2013
Check out the first entry in Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' Toronto International Film Festival diary here, and stay tuned for more tomorrow!All Cheerleaders Die (USA)...

TIFF diary: standouts from France, Nepal, and Japan

September 18, 2013
After 33 feature films at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, I can safely say that I am ecstatic about where cinema is heading...

TIFF happens, part three! Plus top films of the fest

September 27, 2012
Read Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' first and second reports from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.Dial M For Murder 3D Remastered (Alfred Hitchcock, US) The...

TIFF happens, part two!

September 26, 2012
Read Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' first report from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival here.In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea) This highly enjoyable Éric...

TIFF happens! Toronto fest picks, part one

September 19, 2012
This year's Toronto International Film Festival showcased 289 films. I attended 32. Mark down any titles that sound interesting, because this upcoming year is...