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TIFF 2014: ‘Luna’ is a dark and surreal exploration of grief

While Mirrormask has become something of a cult movie, Dave McKean is still better known for his work in illustration than his directorial efforts in film. McKean’s groundbreaking style consistently raised the bar in comic art; his contribution to the 1989 release of Arkham Asylum, written by Grant Morrison, helped change our understanding of the artform. McKean’s style seemed uniquely suited to the mind space of an asylum, his layered mixed media style reflective of thoughts and emotions in conflict. Perhaps his best known work is his contributions to the cover art for Neil Gaiman’s iconic Sandman series, once again cementing the phantasmagoric quality of McKean’s work. His collaboration with Gaiman highlighted the obscured landscape of nightmares which he frightfully recreated through superimposition, collage and drawing.

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TIFF 2013: ‘The Green Inferno’ proves Eli Roth needs some new blood in his ideas and executions

The Toronto International Film Festival went primitive this week by hosting the world premiere of Eli Roth’s bloody ode to the cannibal exploitation movies of yore, with his misleadingly titled fourth film The Green Inferno. The notoriously lurid and savage films of the 1970s evidently served as Roth’s primary inspiration for his latest playful excavation into the squealing recess of the human body, the elder of which is the infamous Cannibal Holocaust, whose naïve-innocents-abroad plot has been seized and given a contemporary twist here, although the title has been speared from an alternate moniker of 1988’s Natura Contro.

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