Starting things out is animated short Bob, wherein a hamster relentlessly chases down a love interest, only to discover something alarming about her, which transitions smoothly to comic documentary Power of Love, wherein Kenyan Celine Dion fans are interviewed, expanding upon their love of the idiosyncratic French-Canadian singing sensation.
Blind Date is one of the better titles of the fest, detailing the connection of singles Rachel and Daniel at a pub where Rachel is to meet up with someone else for (you guessed it) a blind date. Capturing the awkward pauses and initial excitement of meeting someone new, this short balances comedy and drama perfectly, revealing characters looking for a connection no matter how fleeting.
On the documentary front, Danny & Annie animates the retelling of a relationship between a betting clerk and a nurse, which is brief and forgettable, unlike the melancholic and touching Endless Love, wherein a 90-year-old couple discusses reconnecting after a 60-year absence.
Along the Road has a decidedly different tone, featuring a clandestine homosexual union interrupted by the unexpected presence of a wife and children, which has a similar aesthetic to Man's Best Friend, a short that details the relationship between a depressive security guard and his narcoleptic dog.
On the comedy front, 12 Years is the creepily animated story of two dogs reliving a marriage of disappointment, only to resolve the issue shockingly, much like Bare Knuckle Duet, a film about exes that battle over the use of a bridge for personal artistic expression, only the latter film doesn't feature any blood.
ReviewsOct 29, 2014
The BabadookJennifer Kent
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ReviewsOct 24, 2014
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ReviewsOct 23, 2014
Why Horror?Nicolas Kleiman, Rob Lindsay
As a nerd, it's always pretty weird seeing your favourite genre rise to the surface of mainstream culture, and horror is no exception. In hi...
ReviewsOct 22, 2014
Time LapseBradley King
You don't fuck with time. That's the philosophical takeaway - an idea espoused time and time again by one of the lead characters - in Bradle...
ReviewsOct 21, 2014
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ReviewsOct 20, 2014
Kumiko, The Treasure HunterDavid Zellner
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ReviewsOct 19, 2014
Man, I really wanted to like Zombeavers. Based on the trailer, which currently boasts over three million hits on YouTube, the film seemed li...
ReviewsOct 18, 2014
ABCs of Death 2Various Directors
When producers Ant Timpson and Tim League announced that they'd be producing a followup to 2012's highly ambitious anthology film The ABCs o...