CIFF Preview: Connor Turner

September 23rd, 2009 by Connor Turner

To celebrate the 10th Annual Calgary International Film Fest, the team at have decided to publish a series of articles showcasing the films you need to see. We’ll be posting the top four films from each of our writers throughout the week so check back each day. Next up is Connor Turner.

All Tomorrow’s Parties

I’m a sucker for musical documentaries. So when you cram Battles, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear, and Iggy and the Stoges into one guerrilla/DIY collage of chaos, of course I’m going to be there. More importantly, so should you. | More Information

The Damned United

Staring Michael Sheen (of Frost/Nixon and The Queen fame) as the doomed manager for Leeds United; you know this is going to be one of those great feel good sporting movies that leaves you walking out the door with an awkward and satisfying smile on your face. Think Bend it Like Beckham, but replace superstar hotties Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers with the awkward guy who played Tony Blair. | More Information

The Children

Ahh yes, the Children. Another submission from across the pond, but unlike the heart warming fun of The Damned United this one sounds about as warm and fuzzy as a midnight viewing of Pet Cemetery. The description on this one alone brings to mind Stanley Kubrik’s The Shining mixed in with the campy cheese of the Children of the Corn franchise. The last movie that made me squeal like a little girl was The Decent, another British horror movie, so I’m looking forward to this one. | More Information.

Dead Snow

It is this exact same scenario that convinced me to quit boy scouts some 14 odd years ago.

Okay… okay…okay, maybe not the ‘exact’ same scenario. But it would have been if you replaced Nazis, Zombies, Isolated Norwegian Mountains with Grizzly Bears and Frost Bite. | More Information

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