Film


TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2014
Film Impressions
Knight Rusty (Ritter Rost)

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 8th, 2014

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This German film, directed by Thomas Bodenstein, is about a self-absorbed robot from Scrapland named Rusty who is made entirely out of old parts. In fact, almost everything in Scrapland is made out of old, re-purposed junk. Rusty is not the biggest or the most shiny knight in the Kingdom of Scrapland, but he definitely has dreams; dreams that he’s willing to risk everything for – including his best friend’s prized possession.

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TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2014
Film Impressions
Twins In Bakery

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 6th, 2014

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Twins In Bakery, directed by Mari Miyazawa, is a bit of a Shoemaker’s Elves kind of story that takes place in a bakery rather than in a shoemaker’s shop. When the baker takes off for the evening, a pair of food-based twins (it looks like they are made out of sausages) conjure up some culinary wizardry, and re-arrange all of the food in the whole shop with dazzling (and tasty) results!

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TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2014
Film Impressions
The Magic Ferret

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 4th, 2014

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The Magic Ferret is a live-action Canadian short film directed by Alison Parker that tells the story of a day in the life of boy in an orphanage. Sam, a six year old, and his pet ferret named Booger, put on a once-in-a-lifetime magic show that will change their lives forever.

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TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2014
Film Impressions
Lemonade In Winter

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 29th, 2014

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Lemonade in Winter, directed by Paul Gagne, Melissa Ellard, and Daniel Trexler, is a short film based on the children’s book by E. Lockhart, Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting. The story is about a young girl and her brother who try selling lemonade in the winter. It is a cute story that teaches a few valuable lessons.

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TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2014
Film Impressions
A Purrfect Pair

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 26th, 2014

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A Purrfect Pair is a Canadian short directed by Gwyneth Christoffel. It is the story of a chance meeting at the vet between a cat and a dog. When they see each other for the first time, they are quite taken with one another. Upon each pet’s arrival to their respective homes, their imaginations run wild. Each animal imagines what it would be like to have the other as a friend, playing games that they know. It’s a cute sequence, as the cat imagines the dog playing with yarn and the dog imagines the cat helping to bury a bone. Eventually, things turn out for the best.

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Tag-Team Impressions
Barbie: The Pearl Princess

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 12th, 2014

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Recently, Smallest Thumbs and I were invited to check out a screening of Barbie: the Pearl Princess at a local movie theatre, ahead of its release on Blu-ray/DVD. I can practically hear the shudders from a number of the readers right now – but, frankly, it wasn’t so bad. Smallest Thumbs enjoyed the film, which was fairly well-made. Throughout the film, Barbie (as the mermaid, Lumina) yearns to know what it’s like to be a princess, and then relies on her wits and the creative use of her magical powers to save the day.

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Interviews
April Mullen
Dead Before Dawn

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 12th, 2013

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A few weeks ago, I reviewed a film called Dead Before Dawn. It was a hokey film – but I found it to be fun in a cult-film kinda way. I was lucky enough to be able to ask the awesome April Mullen (Director/Producer/Actor) a few questions about how the film came to be and what it was like to work with Christopher Lloyd, among other things.

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