Tag Archives: Religion

September 16

TIFF 2015: Spotlight

Spotlight harkens back to a not too distant past when the world valued old school journalism. A time when getting the facts right was more important than being the first to break the news in 140 characters on Twitter. In an age where the internet and social media has crippled the newspaper industry financially, and […]

May 02

Hot Docs 2015: Last of the Elephant Men

One of the greatest strengths of religion is the lack of proof required to be a believer. If you truly believe, you’ll see elements of truth all around you – whether elephant spirits, miracles, or myths coming true. However, if those same beliefs give you and your community a set of mutually agreed values to […]

April 29

Hot Docs 2015: Deprogrammed

Ted Patrick claims to have deprogrammed 1600 individuals who were “brainwashed” by various cults and fake prophets. It is quite an astonishing accomplishment for a man who lacks any formal education in psychology, but has a self-proclaimed doctorate in “common sense.” Given the nickname “Black Lighting” for the swift way he abducts his subjects off […]

April 27

Hot Docs 2015: Radical Grace

In April of 2012, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued the findings of a three-year doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR), a support network for American Catholic nuns. The document was heavily critical of the LCWR, and accused the group of being influenced by “certain radical feminist themes […]

October 27

TAD 2014: Let Us Prey

Game of Thrones’ star Liam Cunningham gets to indulge in his darker side in Let Us Prey, an entertaining homage to the 80s genre films that the likes of John Carpenter use to make. In the film Cunningham plays a mysterious stranger, only known as Six, who appears on the outskirts of a small town. […]

September 10

TIFF 2014: Second Coming

As someone who was raised Christian, the story about the birth of Jesus has been ingrained in me from an early age. The immaculate conception of Mary, arguably one of the most important events in the bible, was always the most puzzling aspect for me. Whenever I questioned the logistics of Mary’s predicament, I was […]

July 09

Blind Spot: Au Hasard Balthazar

Of all the directors I have encountered in the Blind Spot series, Robert Bresson is the one I find myself struggling with the most. There is a coldness to his films that I find difficult to warm up to. The strange thing is that, being a lover of the deadpan delivery commonly found in Hal […]

May 01

Hot Docs Review: The Overnighters

What is the role of a church? What is the role of a pastor? What is the role of a congregation? Is the Sheppard responsible for governing the sheep or has society evolved to a point where it is now the other way around? One of the foundations of any religion is to help those […]

April 27

Hot Docs Review: Self(less) Portrait

The medium of film, and our relationship to it, is rather fascinating when you think about it. We often look to film to not only entertain us, but also to hold up a mirror to the world we know. It is often only when we see ourselves reflected on screen that it becomes apparent that […]