After Dark - Predestination October 23

TAD 2014: Predestination

Time travel tales tend to have very particular rules: you must avoid running into your past self, limit unnecessary contact with others, and do not take anything back with you to the present. Often even the smallest of actions could have severe ramifications for the future. Based on the 1960 short story All You Zombies […]

This May Be the Last Time 2 October 23

imagineNATIVE: This May Be the Last Time

In Sterlin Harjo’s beautifully shot documentary the serene stillness of the Mississippi River is given an ominous feel. Considered the river of death by the indigenous community living nearby, the river has become a symbol of grief. Tales of disappearances and hardships have flowed deeper than the depths of the river itself. The grim and […]

What We Do in the Shadows 2 October 22

imagineNATIVE: What We Do in the Shadows

Life as a vampire is not as glamorous as it appears on the surface. They may no longer be real people, but they still have real problems. Besides struggling to keep up with the advancements of the modern world, there are also domestic issues to deal with. For example, how does one convince a vampire […]

After Dark - Open-Windows October 21

TAD 2014: Open Windows

In a year where hackers are routinely making the news for the sex crime of leaking photos of nude female celebrities, Open Windows is if nothing else a timely film. Nacho Vigalondo’s overly ambitious film not only sets its feet firmly within the internet sphere, but also attempts to serve as a commentary on our […]

After Dark - Dead Snow 2 October 20

TAD 2014: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Picking up mere moments after the original film ends, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead finds lone survivor Martin (Vegar Hoel) fleeing the horde of gold loving Nazi zombies. After narrowly escaping the grasp of the undead Nazi general (Ørjan Gamst), Martin wakes up in the hospital only to find that he is going to […]

What We Do in the Shadows 3 October 19

5 Films to See at imagineNATIVE

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will be celebrating its 15th year this week. Running from October 22 – 26, 2014, it is the world’s largest international festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous artists. These artists from around the globe are at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and news […]

After Dark - Housebound October 18

TAD 2014: Housebound

If you have ever heard a strange noise in the night, thought you saw something moving in the shadows, or even remotely entertained the notion of your home being haunted, then Housebound is the film for you. Rejecting the found footage style filmmaking that has consumed the paranormal genre in recent years, Gerard Johnstone’s sensational […]

ABCs of Death 2-2 October 17

TAD 2014: ABCs of Death 2

Truthfully speaking, I was not a fan of the original ABCs of Death. While I enjoy short films in general, the anthology format has always made me a bit leery. Navigating the minefield of hits and misses can be a tricky endeavour. Of the buffet of 26 titles that comprised the first film, only five […]

Grape Soda 2 October 16

Shorts Spotlight: Grape Soda

In Justin Robinson’s drama Grape Soda, the emotional wounds are as raw as the scab on Bobby’s (Mark Ashworth) arm that he is unconsciously scratching at. Building his tale slowly, Robinson keeps the source of the grief that permeates the film close to the chest. All that is clear is that Bobby and his wife […]

After Dark - The Babadook October 15

5 Films to See at Toronto After Dark

The 9th Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival kicks off tomorrow night! Set for another year of chills and thrills, the festival has brought its share of memorable genre films to local cinephiles. Films such as Black Dynamite, Big Bad Wolves, Rubber, and The Last Exorcism have all had their Toronto premieres at the festival. […]

sceneitoct20148 October 14

I Have Scene It Before

It is time to test your film knowledge with the October edition of I Have Scene It Before. Last month only 16 of the 21 films were identified. The five films that proved challenging were: the 1997 Harrison Ford/Brad Pitt thriller The Devil’s Own (#6); the 1992 prison drama American Me (#12); the 1998 sci-fi […]

F for Fake 2 October 13

Blind Spot: F for Fake

There is a mischievous grin that occasionally appears on Orson Welles’ face in F for Fake. A subtle facial gesture that feels all too familiar. It is the same smirk that can be found on the faces of magicians and con artists. That look which indicates deception is taking place, though the audience will not […]

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