Midnight Madness Picks: Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson is one of Toronto's busiest freelancers, writing for EYE Weekly, the Toronto Star, CBC Arts, among others. Word on the street is that he once got into a bare knuckle fight with Lee Marvin and lived to tell the tale. That story intimidates me so much I've never asked him to confirm or deny. Instead, I asked for his Top Three Picks:
Fire of Conscience: Only one of the bunch I’ve actually seen and can therefore endorse as a very satisfying piece of old-school Hong Kong action with the new-school addition of many explosive devices. And if you thought Hard Boiled had the last word on natal-related action setpieces, think again.

The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman: Surely the culinary/martial arts crossover I’ve been waiting for since accidentally renting Tampopo when I meant to get Tiger Claws 2.

Vanishing on 7th Street: Brad Anderson’s Session 9 and The Machinist are two distinctive creep-outs so I’m very curious to see (or not see) what happens in the dark.
Fire of Conscience screens:
Saturday, September 18. 11:59PM Ryerson
Sunday, September 19. Scotiabank 11

The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman screens:
Thursday, September 16 11:59PM Ryerson
Friday, September 17. 6:30PM AMC 6
Saturday September 18 3:30PM Scotiabank 2

Vanishing on 7th Street
Sunday, Septermber 12, 11:59PM, Ryerson
Monday, September 13. 2:00PM AMC 2

You can buy tickets from the official TIFF website.

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