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Ian Gilchrist

I've worked in entertainment product development and sales & marketing in the U.S., UK and my native Canada for over 20 years, and have been a part of many changes during that time (I've overseen home entertainment releases on VHS, LaserDisc, DVD and Blu-ray). I've also written and commentated about film and music for many outlets over the years. The first film I saw in the cinema was Mary Poppins, some time in the mid-60s: I was hooked. My love of the moving image remains as strong as ever.

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    A Story of LOVE and HATE: The Night of the Hunter’s Journey from Failure to American Classic

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    Director Charles Laughton’s and screenwriter James Agee’s adaptation of the novel The Night of the Hunter has become a reverently admired and extremely influential film in the 60 years since the ‘failure’ of its initial release.  The film has placed very highly in many international critical polls, including Cahier du Cinema’s 2007 listing of the […]

    Reel Ink review – Hatchet Job by Mark Kermode


    Undeniably the highest profile film critic in the UK, Mark Kermode has managed the tricky feat of being both an insightful, erudite reviewer and a media personality with a colourfully engaging persona.  He has also managed to become a respectable selling author in the era of collapsing print sales. In his latest book Hatchet Job: […]

    TIFF 2013: Felony review


    Felony, the first feature written by actor Joel Edgerton, is a low-key, character driven drama that sinks under the weight of its own self-importance, and also sets up the viewer for a more powerful payoff than it delivers. During a large scale police raid of a warehouse, Detective Malcom Toohey (Edgerton) is shot while pursuing […]

    TIFF 2013: Life of Crime Review


    There have been many adaptations of the superb crime novels of the late Elmore Leonard, but what makes his novels so compulsively readable often doesn’t make for a great film: his characters talk a lot, which can make for very static movies, with characters standing around talking rather than doing anything. The best adaptations of […]

    TIFF 2013: The Last Of Robin Hood review

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    Growing up is hard to do in Hollywood, and watching Dakota Fanning’s awkward attempts to transition to adult roles has been tough to watch as well. Watching Susan Sarandon and Kevin Kline effortlessly act rings around her in The Last of Robin Hood highlights the vast difference between affecting child performer and talented adult actor. […]

    TIFF 2013: Dom Hemingway Review

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    From Dom Hemingway’s opening shot, in which a meaty, coarse looking Jude Law delivers an obscene soliloquy about the magnificence of his c*ck, it’s clear that we’re not in Kansas anymore insofar as expectations of Law are concerned. Like Ben Kingsley before him, this is Law’s submission for inclusion in the canon of British screen […]

    TIFF 2013: We Gotta Get Out Of This Place Review


    An intriguing teenage riff on Texas pulp noir that doesn’t quite reach the heights to which it aspires, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place is nevertheless a hardnosed, well-acted crime drama that effectively evokes locale and mood. The film opens on Billy Joe (Logan Huffman) engineering a rip-off at his place of employment under […]

    TIFF Review 2013: The Dog

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    Dog Day Afternoon is one of the quintessential New York City films of the ‘70s, and documentary The Dog, which tells the true story of the life of bank robber  and libertine John Wojtowicz,  is every bit as funny and oddly touching as Sidney Lumet’s celebrated depiction of the robbery that made Wojtowicz infamous. Wojtowicz […]

    TIFF 2013: The Sacrament Review

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    Ti West’s tale of a Jim Jones like religious cult utilises a clever narrative device; the story is recounted through footage shot by a Vice magazine team, who travel to the group’s compound in an unnamed country at the invitation of a photographer whose sister is a member of the group. They are understandably taken […]

    TIFF 2013 – Sunshine on Leith Review

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    Dexter Fletcher follows his acclaimed directorial debut Wild Bill with a Mama Mia style musical set in Edinburgh, an adaptation of a stage show which will be enthusiastically embraced by fans of the band The Proclaimers (who provide all the songs) and the play. Sunshine in Leith follows the love lives of Davy and Ally, […]

    TIFF 2013 – You Are Here Review

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    Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s feature debut You Are Here arrives with the weight of obvious expectations upon it, but this yawningly conventional comedy, although smartly written, is bound to disappoint his admirers, who will quite rightly be expecting more. Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson are stoner buddies Ben and Steve. Steve (Wilson) is a […]

    TIFF 2013: The Double Review

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    Writer/director Richard Ayoade continues his winning streak with his second theatrical feature The Double, a comic adaptation of Dostoevsky’s dark novella set in an unnamed dystopian world reminiscent of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. As the twitchy, nervous Simon Jesse Eisenberg adds another neurotic oddball to his gallery of ill at ease young men. Simon is a […]

    TIFF 2013: 12 Years a Slave Review


    Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a professional musician living with his wife and children as free blacks in enlightened upstate New York before the American Civil War. He accepts a job touring with a circus, and after getting drunk one evening with his colleagues he is put to bed, only to awaken in the morning […]

    TIFF 2013: Fading Gigolo Review

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    It feels as if John Turturro has been away for a while. That belief is really a reflection of the fact that in recent years he has appeared in movies that I had no interest in seeing (Transformers, Cars 2, The Taking of Pelham 123) or was unaware of, rather than his actual withdrawal from […]

    TIFF 2013 – The Fifth Estate Review


    Julian Assange is arguably the first true folk hero of the 21st century. Detested by the establishment he seeks to undermine and loved by the folk he is perceived to be championing, his actions have had momentous, far-reaching social impact, but The Fifth Estate doesn’t rise above the pedestrian in its dramatisation of key events […]

    TIFF 2013 – Horns Review


    Dear Mr Radcliffe, We haven’t met, but I’ve been watching you on screen since you were a boy playing a tormented young wizard, a role which made you very famous and very rich. You are now a young man and want to put the boy wizard behind you. It’s clear that you are drawn to […]

    TIFF 2013: Labor Day Review

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    Labor Day is a somewhat unique, but labored, concoction: a Stockholm syndrome family drama. Depressed single mother Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son Henry are kidnapped from a small town New Hampshire department store by an escaped convict (Josh Brolin). His intense air of desperation and menace intimidates them into driving him to their home, […]

    TIFF 2013 – Jodorowsky’s Dune Review

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    Years before David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel earned its undisputed place as the worst film of his career, another visionary director came close to making a version of it that may well be the greatest film never made. Alejandro Jodorowsky, the psychedelic surrealist and creator of such trippy classics as Holy […]

    TIFF 2013: Only Lovers Left Alive Review

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    Indie trailblazer Jim Jarmusch’s wry Only Lovers Left Alive is the writer/director’s foray into the realm of the undead, and comes across like Twilight for hip adults. It’s largely uneventful narrative will undoubtedly divide audiences– but if you like Jarmusch, you’re bound to enjoy this. A brilliant, hypnotically disorientating opening sequence introduces us to vampires […]

    Plein Soleil 4K Restoration Trailer and Release Details


    Alain Delon stars as the amoral charmer Tom Ripley in Rene Clement’s adaptation of Patricia Highmith’s The Talented Mr. Riley, which has been  restored by Studiocanal in association with the Cinematheque Francaise and the support of the Franco-American Cultural Fund. Ripley has also been portrayed by Dennis Hopper, Matt Damon and John Malkovich in subsequent […]

    Reel Ink August 2013


    August 2013 –   The cast of characters in writer/director Curtis Harrington’s autobiography Nice Guys Don’t Work In Hollywood: The Adventures of an Aesthete in the Movie Business (Drag City Incorporated, www.dragcity.com) is nothing short of amazing. A partial list of featured and supporting players includes avant-garde pioneer Kenneth Anger, director James Whale, Jean Cocteau, […]