girlunbound February 23

Provocative Tales Highlighted at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

TIFF® and Human Rights Watch co-present Toronto’s 14th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival, with a poignant eight-film lineup that galvanizes an impassioned call for social change through extraordinary stories of struggle, survival and hope. Showcasing brave cinematic works at the forefront of the human rights movement, the festival presents documentary feature films from Afghanistan, […]

oscar February 23

Talking Oscar Predictions on the LAMBcast

We are only a few days away from the movie industry’s biggest night! To help you fill out those last minute Oscar pool ballots, I stopped by the LAMBcast podcast to discuss my predictions for who will be taking home golden statues on Sunday night. Listen to the episode and let us know if you […]

the-lego-batman-movie February 22

The Lego Batman Movie

It is no secret that I detested The Lego Movie. Its cluttered action sequences, which make the chaotic fight scenes in the Transformers franchise look graceful by comparison, and inane humour never clicked with me. Despite seeing the film numerous times, it was at one point a staple in my five-year-old’s viewing rotation before he […]

by-blood-film February 20

Politics, Love, and Music at TBFF17

In its fifth year, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) has established a stable foundation for future generations to build on. Smartly taking place during Black History month, the festival not only strives to showcase stories and filmmakers that highlight the black experience in cinema, but also helps to facilitate professional growth for those looking […]

blindvaysha_04 February 19

NFB Streams Oscar-nominated Blind Vaysha Free of Charge

As the Academy Awards approach, Canadians will be able to watch Theodore Ushev’s Oscar-nominated National Film Board of Canada (NFB) animated short Blind Vaysha free of charge at NFB.ca―starting February 19 right up to the Academy Awards on February 26―and then tune in to see if Canada takes home the Oscar. It’s the first Academy […]

League of Exotique Dancers February 19

League of Exotique Dancers

The Burlesque Hall of Fame celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. Located on Fremont Street, the Burlesque Hall of Fame is in the heart of old Las Vegas, which is fitting as many of its inductees likely performed on Fremont Street a half-century ago. The fact that the Hall of Fame marked its past by […]

2-fists-up February 18

TIFF Next Wave: 2 Fists Up

“They were trying to police how we fight for liberation” states Ayanna Poole, a University of Missouri student and founding member of the school’s Concerned Student 1950 activism group, recounting one particular protest that was designed to get a face-to-face meeting with university president Tim Wolfe. Despite being told to move their protest to the […]

arrival-amyadams February 14

New to Blu-ray: Arrival

Just in time for your Academy Awards catch up, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival arrives on 4k Ultra HD and Blu-ray combo packs today courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution. A science fiction tale that explores language and time, Villenueve’s Academy Award nominated film questions whether one would make the same choices in life if the outcome […]

john-wick-2 February 13

John Wick: Chapter 2

Retirement is supposed to be a period of relaxation, a time where one can enjoy life without being beholden to anyone else. For John Wick (Keanu Reeves) the quest for a peaceful retirement is quickly becoming a job in itself. Expanding on the ground work he laid in the original film, Chad Stahelski’s John Wick: […]

newton-w-text February 12

Changing Reels EP. 12 – A Huey P. Newton Story

Spike Lee has been one of the most prolific directors ever since he burst onto the scene with 1986 She’s Gotta Have It. Effortlessly moving from features to shorts to documentaries to television, there is little he cannot do. However, many still question whether or not Lee deserves to be on the top ten list […]

fireatsea_01 February 11

Oscars: A Documentary Race for the Ages

Will La La Land dance its way to the Best Picture win? Does Moonlight or Manchester by the Sea have enough momentum to sway voters? Can Hidden Figures or Fences pull a Super Bowl level come from behind upset? As film lovers and pundits engage in debates comparing the merits of the various Academy Award […]

blood-dynasty February 10

Blood Dynasty

Chris Alexander has added another chapter in the ghoulish book of Irina, his ethereal but lethal vampire. Her first appearance was in Blood for Irina (2012) as she nears the end of her life, then Queen of Blood (2014) a western where she is reborn. She returns once again in Blood Dynasty (2017), picking up […]

window-horses February 08

Window Horses and Moonlight Top Canadian Association of Online Film Critics Awards

In a year wrought with political and social turmoil, the Canadian Association of Online Film Critics (CAOFC) announced that its members have celebrated diversity in their picks for Best Picture and Best International Picture in the Association’s first annual awards. For Best Picture members selected the NFB animated feature film Window Horses: The Poetic Persian […]

shepherds-and-butchers February 03

Shepherds and Butchers

Oliver Schmitz’s latest work Shepherds and Butchers is a courtroom drama where the verdict is not as important as what led to the crime. From its opening frames, on a rainy night in South Africa in the late eighties, we witness Leon Labuschagne (Garion Dowds), in what initially seems like a momentary fit of rage, […]

carmenjones January 31

Blind Spot: Carmen Jones

Finally taking Carmen Jones off our Blind Spot list.

the-red-turtle January 28

Changing Reels Ep. 11 – The Red Turtle

Studio Ghibli is revered all over the world for their films that feature lush animation and inventive stories with universal themes. As the studio’s latest film, The Red Turtle, hits theaters, we decided to take a closer look at the companies’ first international production. Directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit (highly recommend you read our interview […]

Fusion x64 TIFF File January 27

The Red Turtle

In his feature film debut, The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge), Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit conjures up a gorgeous story exalting the wondrous complexity of nature and where humans fit in that picture. This dialogue-free film uses the archetypal story of a man surviving on a deserted island, but adds interesting twists to […]

toni-erdmann January 26

Toni Erdmann

At this point what more can be said about Maren Ade’s sensational comedy Toni Erdmann? Ever since it debuted at Cannes, the film has been a hit on the festival circuit and it is easy to see why. Few films capture the awkwardness of family in such a hilarious, and at times absurd, way like […]

La La Land January 24

The 89th Academy Awards Nominees

The 89th Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning! What are your thoughts on the nominees? Which ones surprised you? How many of the nominated films have you seen? Most pleasant surprise for me was seeing the wonderful Blind Vaysha get nominated in the animated short category. You can find the full list of nominees […]

michael_dudok_de_wit January 23

Interview: Michaël Dudok de Wit talks The Red Turtle

In his feature film debut, Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit has crafted a wonderful piece of visual storytelling in The Red Turtle.  Teaming up with the famous Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli and the French production studio Wild Bunch, Dudok de Wit’s story relies entirely on the animation to convey the mood and themes […]