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29 Ratings

Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton

Canada, 2015
Short, Avant-Garde


Guided by the spirit of Evan Johnson’s Cuadecec Manifesto (which calls for makings-of en masse), Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton is a strange, stirring and anarchic behind-the-scenes look at Paul Gross’s new feature, Hyena Road.

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Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson
Tim Horton is Maddin’s Trojan horse in the realm of commercial cinema – truly a “how did this get made?” work that turns behind-the-scenes footage into a series of re-imagined war movies, as well as an idiosyncratic personal essay (the drone in this case appearing as a flying head that attempts to hypnotise Gross). The result is utterly out of line and outrageously funny for its audacity.
September 14, 2016
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War movies appealed to Maddin as a child, he tells us, “with their thrills and romance, camaraderie and cool uniforms, all the pomp and ceremony of real war but without real death.” And with that, Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton blossoms into the cine-essay he’d imagined, a very moving and very funny analysis of the costs (in the most biting and ironic sense) of war.
December 16, 2015
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However pungent you find the satire—and it is, unlike most such meta efforts, hilarious—the film feels personal and handmade in a way that’s fresh and intriguing even coming from this director’s perennially fertile imagination.
November 04, 2015
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