A White Day October 25

imagineNATIVE: A White Day

The cold desolate Siberian landscape can be both a place of beauty and a place of terror. In Michail Lukachevskvi’s thriller A White Day, the nighttime air is not the only thing that provides chills. Documenting how one seemingly harmless decision can have devastating ramifications, Lukachevskvi’s film has a rather novel premise. The story revolves […]

After Dark - Kumiko 2 October 24

TAD 2014: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

The Coen Brothers are notorious for their liberal interpretation of “based on a true story”. The best example can be found in the 1996 gem Fargo, a film that opens with a stark message claiming that the crime tale was inspired by a true event. It is obvious to most that it was indeed a […]

TIFF-Trick or Treaty October 24

imagineNATIVE: Trick or Treaty?

In Alanis Obomsawin’s provocative documentary Trick or Treaty? a dark moment in Canadian history as the ramification of the century old Treaty 9 is exposed. The 1905 treaty was established between the Canadian government and the First Nations communities within Northern Ontario. The treaty was designed in a way that the First Nations people relinquished […]

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 […]

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