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 […]

Reel Asian - Kano October 11

Reel Asian Announces Full Slate of Films

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), presented by National Bank, celebrates its 18th annual edition from November 6 to 16, 2014 with high-profile guests from around the world, new venues and three special projects focused on themes of memory and archive. This year, Reel Asian will present 44 films from 10 regions […]

St. Vincent October 10

St. Vincent

We first meet Vincent (Bill Murray) in bed with a pregnant Russian prostitute, Daka (Naomi Watts), whose romantic services he is unable to fully pay for. The few schillings that the cantankerous retiree does have get drowned in the local watering hole he frequently inhabits. In one of his typical drunken hazes, Vincent not only […]

This is Where I Leave You October 09

This is Where I Leave You

One of my favorite quotes about family and home comes from Robert Frost, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” I think it exemplifies that idea that not everyone gets to (or wants to) be a part of the perfect family that loves unconditionally. This […]

walking and talking 2 October 08

Netflix Pick: Walking and Talking

The film industry is still a world dominated by men, and we’ve seen little progress in recent years. This is especially true in the directing field, where successful women are an exception. Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, Kelly Reichardt, and others have done well, but it’s a short list. This landscape doesn’t make it easy, but […]

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