Certified Copy July 05

Netflix Pick: Certified Copy

How does one define art? Is it about the form? Is it the emotion it evokes from the observer? Does it need to be a unique piece? Can a copy be artistically on par, if not supersede, the original work? These are just a small sample of the numerous questions raised in Abbas Kiarostami’s mesmerizing […]

Margin Call July 03

Netflix Pick: Margin Call

As the entire world waits with bated breath for the outcome of the July 5 referendum in Greece, we are reminded once again that the aftershocks of the 2008 financial crisis are still vibrating. Watching the economic turmoil unfolding overseas, one cannot help but think back to J.C. Chandor’s drama Margin Call, which offered a […]

Dolan - Heartbeats July 01

The Auteurs: Xavier Dolan

Among the crop of new filmmakers to emerge in recent years, there is no one who has brought ferocity and excitement to the realm of cinema better than Xavier Dolan. Though he started out as a child actor, the French-Canadian director, at 26-years-old no less, already has five astonishing films under his belt. Unafraid to […]

Schnabel-The Diving Bell and the Butterfly June 29

Blind Spot: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Julian Schnabel is no stranger to telling tales about the real-life struggles of artists, but what he achieves with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is quite remarkable. In previous works he focused on individuals – a painter and a playwright – who managed to create compelling works in the face of personal adversity. He […]

The Root of the Problem June 27

Shorts Spotlight: The Root of the Problem

Evoking the spirit of classic Twilight Zone episodes, Ryan Spindell’s The Root of the Problem plays on people’s fears of visiting the dentist. Set in 1950’s suburbia, the short involves a housewife, Mary (Alison Gallaher), who suspects that her local dental office might be more sinister than it appears. Is there some validity to Mary’s […]

Miss Todd 1 June 25

Shorts Spotlight: Miss Todd

Set in 1909, Kristina Yee’s magnificent award-winning film Miss Todd captures a time when the possibility of flight had an entire generation filled with awe and excitement. Inspired by the life of E. Lilian Todd – the first woman in the world to build and design an airplane – the film charts one woman’s journey […]

inside_out June 24

Inside Out

Pixar’s newest entry into the canon of childhood exploration, Inside Out, plunges into the depths of the emotions that drive our lives, and how out of control they can sometimes seem. Most importantly it aims to show us that it’s okay to feel all of the feelings that make us whole. Riley – the body […]

TIFF Red Carpet Foxcatcher June 23

Ticket Packages for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival on Sale July 29

With only 78 days left until the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival® kicks off, film lovers can start planning their Festival experience with a variety of ticket-buying options tailored to suit any Festivalgoer’s schedule and cinematic taste. Ticket packages include daytime, evening and weekend options, as well as programme-themed packs and premium screening offerings. The […]

Sin Nombre 1 June 23

Netflix Pick: Sin Nombre

Prior to becoming a household name for his brilliant work on the first season of True Detective, director Cary Fukunaga burst onto the scene with his intimate portrait of an unlikely friendship. Sin Nombre explores the adversities that many Mexican immigrants endure as they risk it all for a chance at a better life in […]

Made in Texas June 20

NXNE 2015: Jonathan Demme Presents Made in Texas

When one thinks of Austin, Texas images of barbecue, music and a thriving film community dance gleefully in the mind. Made in Texas is concerned with the latter. Curated by Jonathan Demme, and featuring contributions from the likes of SXSW co-founder Louis Black and more, the film is a collection of six short films that […]

Diamond Tongues 2 June 19

NXNE 2015: Diamond Tongues

Edith (Leah Fay Goldstein) is an actress who believes she is destined for great things. However, her career has dictated otherwise. In the four years she has dedicated herself to her craft, she has yet to land a film role of any real merit. With only one film under her belt – a forgettable low […]

After the Ball June 18

Contest: Win a Copy of After the Ball on DVD!

Cinema Axis is giving you a chance to win a copy of After the Ball on DVD when it releases on June 23, 2015. After the Ball is modern day Cinderella story set in the world of contemporary fashion. Kate (Portia Doubleday, Her) dreams of becoming a designer for couturier houses. Although she is a […]

The Aviator June 18

Talking 2004 Oscars on The Dew Over

As I mentioned on Twitter the other day, the latest episode of The Dew Over has dropped and yours truly is one of the panelist. Though the show has moved to a monthly format, it still has all the wonderful Oscar related discussions that has made the show a hit. In this episode the panel […]

Jurassic World 5 June 17

The Surprising Resurgence of Universal Pictures

Now that the dust has settled and the genetically modified dinosaurs are presumably back in their holding cells until the next Jurassic film is unleashed, the contenders are becoming a little clearer now that we have reached the halfway point of the year. The competition I am referring to is the yearly financial race that […]

Jurassic World 6 June 16

Jurassic World

By this point, it is well documented that Jurassic World has set box office records, a jaw dropping $511.8 million. Truth be told, it deserved it. Full disclosure, I have never been much of a lover of the Jurassic franchise. I enjoyed the first movie, but I didn’t love it. I was prepared to not […]

River1 June 15

Shorts Spotlight: River

For ten years Keiji (Hiraku Ando) has made a living as a Rent-boy (aka male gigolo). While the lifestyle has had it perks, the toil of wooing women and drinking copious amounts of champagne has begun to impact his work. Stuck in a rut both professionally and emotionally, it takes an unexpected violent encounter to […]

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl June 12

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s latest film walks a delicate tightrope of emotions. Based on the novel by Jesse Andrew’s, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a film that wants to be both an eccentric comedy that will delight disciples of cinema and a universal coming-of-age tale. Though it wraps itself within the comforting confines of […]

Birdman3 June 09

The Auteurs: Alejandro González Iñárritu

One of the key figures in the new wave of Mexican films, Alejandro González Iñárritu has managed to bring something intriguing to the world of film. His unflinching depictions of death and despair often speak to the universal struggles and complexities within humanity. Recently winning an Oscar for his fifth film, and currently working on […]

Tomorrowland 1 June 07

Changing the Conversation: Women and the Box Office

Casey Newton is the hero the future, and cinema in general, needs. She is extremely intelligent, determined, optimistic, and is willing to sacrifice everything for causes she feels are just. Even if it means sabotaging equipment that will be used to demolish a NASA launch pad – once the demolition is complete her father, a […]

Fury Road 1 June 06

Mad Max: Fury Road

From director George Miller, the man who introduced the world to Mel Gibson, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a film that not only continues the story of cult hero Max Rockatansky, but also redefines how audiences will forever look at action films. He reinvents the notion of a man searching for redemption by turning it […]

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