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Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - Best Of Fest 'Wrap Up'

October 14th, 2014 11:20am EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - Best Of Fest 'Wrap
This is it – end of the movie train line! Our man up north and my dedicated dad Michael Coleman unleashes his final thoughts good and bad reflecting on the "Vancouver International Film Festival 2014" – here’s his Best of Fest ‘Wrap Up’!

In their respective categories:

Altered States - Among a disappointing guilty pleasure category it was "The Incident," director Isaac Esban’s Mexican stunner that not only stole the show, but would be in the top five of my top ten films for 2014. Fan cinema at its finest, it's a cult classic in the making.

Dragons & Tigers – Without a doubt "Comi...
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Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'Michael's Final Reviews'

October 13th, 2014 12:22pm EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'Michael's Final Re
Time’s almost up for the great Northern film critic – and my proud papa – Michael Coleman and his movie ridden time at the "Vancouver International Film Festival 2014." So in a final review filled article here’s a few last notable movie nuggets reviewed for your future film pleasure. Take it away daddyo!

DRAGONS & TIGERS

"Coming Home" – Boy, was I right when I chose this one early on as one of my must sees. Director Zhang Yimou’s third collaboration with Gong Li is as stunning as their first two. Cinema at its best, "Coming Home" reveals a story of a wife broken by the Chinese Cul...
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Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'Michael Vs. Flicks On The Wild Side'

October 9th, 2014 12:39pm EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'Michael Vs. Flicks
Seems my dear old dad Michael Coleman has been dipping his cinematic feet in some dark waters this week as evidenced by the review of some of the more somber films via the "Vancouver International Film Festival 2014" taking place Sept. 25 through Oct. 10 (go to www.viff.org for more info!). Taking on everything from slasher flicks to tales of bitter and vengeful severed hands, here are Michael’s reviews of films that walk on the wild side!

ALTERED STATES

"Housebound" - "Housebound" is a flick that starts out slow, daring and tempting you to leave. But hang in there as the seemingly ...
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Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'More Michael Reviews'

October 7th, 2014 11:20am EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'More Michael Revie
We’re putting cinematic chains on the Canadian snow train that is the "Vancouver International Film Festival 2014" taking place Sept. 25 through Oct. 10 (go to www.viff.org for more details!) to keep the movies reels rolling at full steam. Again here’s my dad and movie mentor Michael Coleman with more reviews of the latest!

CANADIAN IMAGES

"Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" - This documentary will surprise you. Taking a page out of Morgan Spurlock’s book on trying to survive on questionable food, here the premise is six months on discarded food. No spoilers, but I will say is that th...
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Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'First Weekend Reviews'

October 2nd, 2014 11:20am EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'First Weekend Revi
Continuing our coverage of flicks being shown up north via the ongoing "Vancouver International Film Festival 2014" taking place Sept. 25 through Oct. 10 (go to www.viff.org for more details!) here’s old man (and my film knowledge ridden papa!) Michael Coleman with his first wave of reviews – check them out below!

CINEMA OF OUR TIME

"Two Step" - A simmering low-budget indie, Alex R. Johnson’s thriller reels you in slowly then sets the hook with scorching precision done with distinctive cinematic masterstrokes. A conman, played by James Landry Hebert in a tour de force performance, ge...
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Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'What To See'

September 26th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'What To See'
It’s fest time in the great north and Canadian correspondent (and my film expert father!) Michael Coleman will be tackling the good, the bad and the snowed from Vancouver International Film Fest 2014 all for your movie pleasure – take it away Dad!

While the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 taking place Sept. 25 through Oct. 10 (go to www.viff.org for more details!) does not have the name or the red carpet glitz of a Toronto or Cannes event it is one of, if not the, biggest and most attended fest in North America. Over 500 screenings, 341 films from 75 countries, over 16 ...
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Vancouver International Film Festival 2013 - Best Of Fest 'Wrap Up'

October 22nd, 2013 10:30am EDT
VIFF 2013
Well film fans, with a total of eight articles, a whopping twenty-four reviews and even an exclusive celebrity interview our Canadian correspondent Michael Coleman has certainly done his duty for all things "Vancouver International Film Fest 2013."  But all good and bad things must eventually come to a close, so we’ll pass things along to Michael for one last peak back at this year’s notables.  Here’s the Best (and worst!) of VIFF 2013!

BEST FILM

"Big Bad Wolves" – A cult classic in the making, this is fan cinema at its finest.

WORST FILM

"Young and Beautiful" – Gratuitous and exp...
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VIFF 2013 Interview: 'Willow Creek' Helmer Bobcat Goldthwait On Making Movies

October 21st, 2013 10:22am EDT
VIFF 2013
If anyone is a true inspiration in terms of taking a single career in many different directions with equal success it’s performer Bobcat Goldthwait.  Starting out in the comedy world as a writer and stand-up, then moving to film performer and then finally becoming one powerhouse filmmaker, Goldthwait has made heads turn through every part of his notable career.  After directing such brilliant films as "World’s Greatest Dad" and "God Bless America," his latest picture is yet another jump into unknown territory – a horror film.  In the vein of suspense thrillers and found footage flicks, "Wil...
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Vancouver International Film Festival 2013 - 'Final Weekend Reviews'

October 15th, 2013 12:15pm EDT
VIFF 2013
It’s been a long film festival haul for our Canadian correspondent Michael Coleman and his cool coverage of the "Vancouver International Film Festival 2013."  (see www.VIFF.org)  Here’s the last of his encapsulated reviews to round out the festivities.  After this we’ll provide a Best of the Fest for all those simply seeking the good stuff – for now here’s Michael’s skinny.  

SPOTLIGHT ON FRANCE

"Young & Beautiful" - A steaming pile of garbage unworthy of a theatrical or even DVD release, I am truly surprised that VIFF programmers saw fit to include this selection in lieu of promising...
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VIFF 2013 Review: 'Salmon Confidential' Eye Opening Five-Star Work

October 10th, 2013 10:22am EDT
VIFF 2013
From "Vancouver International Film Festival" via Michael Coleman comes a look at what he feels is a must see doc experience titled "Salmon Confidential."

BRITISH COLUMBIA SPOTLIGHT

"Salmon Confidential" - Bottom line - you will never eat farmed fish for the rest of your life after viewing this.  A must see, especially for British Columbians known for world-renowned Sockeye, "Salmon Confidential" is a corker of a doc.  It’s staggering and eye-opening to see how the business of B.C.’s natural resources and food has been tainted by government and how puppet scientists have given up their o...
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