Secret_Santa November 26

BITS 2015: Secret Santa

College life is often peppered with drama, drinking, and other hijinks, especially before the Christmas break. However, when a sadistic killer is added to the mix, a group of friends find that cheating on exams and each other are the least of their worries. In Mikey McMurran’s Secret Santa, two college lovebirds, Nicole (Annette Wozniak) […]

Grace November 26

BITS 2015: O Christmas Tree, Grace, Marty

O Christmas Tree Spreading the Christmas cheer through the gift of song, four carolers find themselves in for the night of their lives when they stop at the home of sweet old Mabel (Bonnie McCrae). After being invited in for milk and cookies, Holly (Ashley Awde) soon realizes that Mabel may not be the wholesome […]

Mockingjay_Part_2 November 25

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

I’m a huge fan of the current movement of having strong female protagonists in films – from Juno’s pregnant teen to Insurgent’s Tris to True Grit’s Mattie Ross and of course, the best of them all, The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen. Katniss has had to travel a long road but, throughout her trials, she has […]

Chiral November 25

BITS 2015: Chiral

When Canadian filmmaker Karen Lam has an idea, I always brace myself for the ascension that’s about to commence. With her body of work, there is nowhere to go but within, exploring minds that conjure other dimensions and expand reality. A horror filmmaker by brand, Lam additionally makes her imprint in dark fantasy, creating works […]

Save Yourself November 24

BITS 2015: Save Yourself

The road trip from hell has been a frequently used trope in the realm of horror. It not only plays to the audience’s primal fears of strangers, but also provides an excuse to subject characters to some thrilling isolated terror. Playing within such a familiar space, it is easy for a director to fall into […]

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BITS 2015: She Who Must Burn

Legendary Canadian independent filmmaker Larry Kent takes on extreme Christian fanaticism in his latest effort. She Who Must Burn details the conflict between Angela (Sarah Smyth), a family-planning counselor single-handedly keeping her small-town clinic open after the state pulls its funding, and the zealous Baarker family, led by Jeremiah (Shane Twerdun, who also co-wrote), who blame the […]

White Raven November 22

BITS 2015: White Raven

The native legend of the White Raven involves a mythical bird stealing light to brighten a dark world. Some say this act was for a better society, while others think it was a self-serving venture. Director Andrew Moxham uses this legend to explore the dark side of brotherhood. Opening with a sweeping bird’s eye view […]

Bite 01 November 21

BITS 2015: Bite

This was it, the moment of truth. I was finally going to watch Bite, the film so gruesome that it made, rumor has it, people ill in previous screenings. Will this homage to great body horror films have the same effect on the seasoned Blood in the Snow (BITS) audience? Only time will tell. Regardless, […]

james white 1 November 19

James White

In hindsight, watching James White on the same day that I found out that a family member had passed away was probably not a wise move. It not only stirred up thoughts of the cancer that impacted my family on that day, but also the ways the illness has wrapped its vile claws around those […]

Beast of No Nation1 November 18

Beast of No Nation

Walking across a field with gun in hand young Agu (Abraham Attah) begins to hallucinate. Seeing visions of tribal men marching alongside him, as the land around him turns a vivid fuchsia, he can no longer stave off his descent into madness. The horrors of war have taken their toll one him and there are […]

Brooklyn1 November 17


Brooklyn is a film that delivers everything one expects it to. The film charms in a way that will make it accessible to many, but does not dive too deep into the emotional well to leave a lingering impression. John Crowley’s film comfortably establishes its romantic beats while never losing sight of the female independence […]

IF the poet2 November 12

IF the Poet

It is weird to think of ageism existing in the world of poetry, especially in terms of someone being too old to be taken seriously, but it is alive and well in the subculture of competitive Slam Poetry. In a realm where artists use stanza like swords to chop down the various forms of oppression […]

Spectre November 11


There is a wonderful moment in Spectre when secret agent extraordinaire James Bond (Daniel Craig) finds himself in the hallowed halls of the former MI6 headquarters. As if strolling through a fun house of horror, one where his own image is plastered on shooting range targets, he passes by pictures of deceased friends and foes […]

The_Peanuts_Movie November 09

The Peanuts Movie

Judging by the slate of films released this year, nostalgia has become the currency of choice for studios and audiences alike. Whether it is the thunderous roar of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World or the sweet sounds of light sabers colliding in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, audiences have been clamouring for updated versions of […]

3-1-2-minutes November 06

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Marc Silver’s latest documentary, 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, tells a story that has become all too familiar in America these days. A random altercation between strangers erupts into violence and leaves an unarmed black teenager dead. The shooter, a middle-aged white male, claimed it was self-defense, and a community is left forever divided. The […]

Theeb November 04


Jordan’s official Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film has frequently been mentioned in relation to Lawrence of Arabia. An understandable comparison given the sweeping landscapes it employs. Similar to David Lean’s iconic film, Theeb recalls a style of adventure film that is rarely seen nowadays. Despite its nods to the past, it is […]

The Martian November 03

Too Much of a Good Thing?

One of the things that stuck with me from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was the number of folks who lamented about the quality of films that were being released in 2015. While some praised the strong crop of films, there was a large vocal contingent who noted that there were numerous “good” […]

heir October 31


How does one deal with the perversion of nature that resides within? That hidden urge that bubbles beneath the surface and the subsequent denial it creates. This is the very thing that the short film Heir sets out to explore. Gordon (Robert Nolan) is afflicted and conflicted. He hides a secret that manifests itself physically, […]

Steve_Jobs October 28

Steve Jobs

Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs is an unconventional bio-pic about the co-founder of Apple Computers. The film is told in three different time periods, around three different landmark products being unveiled between 1984 and 1998. Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, the film explores the life of Steve […]

hiroshima-mon-amour October 27

Blind Spot: Hiroshima Mon Amour

I guess it is fitting, in my own morbid way, that I would imprint a recent memory of my own on a film all about memory. Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour will always have a unique place in my heart, but not for the reasons you may think. While no doubt a picture that is […]


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