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September 2013

TIFF 2013: August: Osage County (dir. John Wells, 2013)

At TIFF, Alex Ramon enjoys the deluxe casting in John Wells's film of August: Osage County, especially Meryl Streep's scenery chewin' turn, but finds the material to be too much of a calculated dysfunction-fest.


TIFF 2013: Can a Song Save Your Life? (John Carney, 2013)

Alex Ramon finds himself underwhelmed by Once director John Carney's latest exercise in music-based uplift.


Josh Ritter + The Low Anthem: 18 August 2013 - New Haven, CT

His own smile indefatigable, Ritter put grins on the faces of the audience at the venerable Toad's Place.


TIFF 2013: Wałęsa. Man of Hope (dir. Andrzej Wajda, 2013)

At TIFF, we find Andrzej Wajda's Lech Wałęsa biopic to be a surprisingly lively, cogent take on (part of) the life and times of one of the pivotal figures of the 20th century.


TIFF 2013: Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuarón) / Le Week-End (dir. Roger Michell)

Our third day at TIFF finds Alfonso Cuarón casting Sandra Bullock and George Clooney into space and creating a visually dazzling and richly emotional sci-fi epic in the process. Meanwhile, Roger Michell sends Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan to Paris to less compelling effect. PopMatters reports.


TIFF 2013: A Story of Children and Film (dir. Mark Cousins) / InRealLife (dir. Beeban Kidron)

With a couple of fiction films punching below their weight, two major documentaries about young people prove to be the highlights of our second day at Toronto International Film Festival.


TIFF 2013: ‘Stranger By the Lake’ (dir. Alain Guiraudie, 2013)

Guiraudie's movie unfolds entirely at a gay cruising area on the French coast where men flop naked on the beach, appraise each other and head to the woods for more intimate encounters


TIFF 2013: ‘Bastards’ (dir. Claire Denis, 2013)

On his first day at TIFF 2013, Alex Ramon applauds two startling French features, the latest works from Claire Denis and Alain Guiraudie, that both twist the suspense thriller into fresh territory.


August 2013

Afropunk Fest: 25 August 2013 - Brooklyn, NY (Day 2 Photos)

Within contains thoughts on the entirety of Afropunk Fest and photos from Day 2, including Big Freedia and Vintage Trouble.


The Octopus Project: 17 August 2013 – New York (Photos)

The Octopus Project reaches new heights in full voice (Four Minds = Eight Hands = Big Sound = Huge Fun).


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