13 Underrated Movies You Should Watch at TIFF 2019


Blockbuster season and summer have both come to an end but, don’t fret, because it’s festival time. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has begun and the selection this year is incredible. While films like Joker, Knives Out and Jojo Rabbit are garnering major awards buzz and coverage, there’s a wonderful selection of independent and international releases just waiting to be discovered.

While there are numerous films that have already been hyped for months now and have had trailers released, such as Ford v Ferrari, Harriet, Lucy in the Sky, The Report and Marriage Story, there are a number of other films deserving of your time that you might not have heard of. So here are 13 films to check out at TIFF 2019, or just to keep on your must-watch list if you aren’t lucky enough to be at TIFF.

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Fincher, Oldman, Kane and Mankiewicz: the combo to beat in 2020?

It was recently announced that David Fincher’s first directorial feature since Gone Girl (2014) will be a film titled Mank. The film will follow screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he struggles to develop the screenplay for the 1941 film Citizen Kane with Orson Welles.

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RIP Albert Finney

Renowned British actor, Albert Finney, tragically died today after a short illness. He was 82 years old. Finney had a long and established career, which began in the theatre, before switching to roles in film. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England and became a prominent film actor in the 1960s, emerging as an original “angry young man” actor of the period. His debut performance on film was in Tony Richardson’s The Entertainer (1960) and he became known for a variety of roles with a career spanning six decades.

His incredibly impressive filmography consists of: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Tom Jones (1963), Two for the Road (1967), Scrooge (1970), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Annie (1982), The Dresser (1983), Miller’s Crossing (1990), Erin Brockovich (2000), Big Fish (2003), A Good Year (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), and the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall.

Finney has been nominated for five Academy Awards. Four times for Actor in a Leading Role, for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984). He also received a nomination in 2000 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Erin Brockovich. In later years, he declined a CBE and a Knighthood.

Albert Finney was something special and, in many ways, underrated. His five-time loss of an Academy Award can attest to that. He could do so much with so little and, no matter the role, he was irreplaceable. You couldn’t take you eyes off him. Whether he was silently pensive in the background or screaming in another actor’s face, Finney was always your focus. A tremendous loss to cinema and British film history.

“I don’t think that we necessarily lie. I mean, we make our living by pretending that we’re someone else. I don’t tell tall tales. I always tell the truth.”

1936 – 2019



Step Aside McConaughey, The Brenaissance Is Here


Holy comeback, Batman: Brendan Fraser is back, and I mean really back. Once a major movie star in the ‘90s, Fraser’s career took a drastic nosedive after his third outing as Rick O’Connell in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). Handsome, funny, incredibly charming and likeable, Fraser looked a shadow of his former self in recent years as he struggled to resurrect his once bright career. This, however, has all changed thanks to the miniseries Trust (2018).

A guest appearance on The Affair (6 episodes: 2016–17) and a recurring role on the recent show Condor (2018 –) led to his casting on Trust, now considered his major comeback role. He has received universally glowing reviews — and rightly so — Trust may explore an infamous kidnapping, but all eyes are on Fraser.

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RIP Stan Lee

To an icon.

To a universe he created.

To a legacy he leaves behind.

To a life well lived.

To Marvel’s original and greatest hero.

“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.”

1922 – 2018

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How does Blade Runner make use of film noir conventions?


Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner is considered today to be a classic of the science fiction genre, but the film also makes use of some conventional film noir themes through its characters and its strong, visual style. Mixing the classic genre of film noir with science fiction, Blade Runner is a generic hybrid, and I will explore which aspects of the genre the film makes use of.

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Bye Boys: Farewell To Supernatural’s Crowley



Supernatural season 13 aired last night which officially means the end for the show’s longest-serving adversary. Mark Sheppard quickly became a fan favourite when he joined the show in season 5 and he eventually became a series regular in season 10. His on/off relationship with Sam and Dean has been one of the best parts of the show and, love him or hate him, his rise from a crossroads demon to the King of Hell deserves a round of applause.

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RIP Michael Nyqvist

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist tragically passed away yesterday at the age of 56. He was most well-known among audiences for his portrayal of journalist Mikael Blomkvist in Stieg Larsson’s original Swedish Dragon Tattoo trilogy, which included The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Nyqvist also recently became known for playing the villain in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and John Wick. He was a fantastic character actor who in recent years was featuring more prominently in Hollywood films. Whether he was solving a decades-old crime, having a knockout fight with John Wick, stealing Russian nuclear launch codes or was simply one of the standouts in an ensemble cast, Nyqvist was always a reliable choice no matter the genre.

“I once saw him kill three men in a bar… with a pencil, with a fucking pencil.”

1960 – 2017