Tag Archives: Thriller

January 10

Smoke and Mirrors

As has been the case for a long time, money makes the world go around. Smoke and Mirrors is a story about greed, corruption and consequences. One could label this a political thriller for lack of a better description. Francisco “Paco” Paesa (Eduard Fernández) is working for the government in Spain in the mid-80s. His […]

December 21

Expect the Unexpected: Mad Detective

It’s not always an easy thing to understand what is going on in Johnnie To’s and Wai Ka-fai’s psychological mystery Mad Detective – and that’s definitely on purpose. The film is like a hyper-stylized melding of Seven and Fight Club, a seedy and violent noir detective story with an injection of the supernatural. The film […]

December 14

Expect the Unexpected: Running on Karma

Released in 2003, Running on Karma by directors Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai is a delightfully strange action thriller film masking as a parable on the mysteries of karma. At the center of the story is Big, a Buddhist Monk turned body builder and male stripper. One night, during a raid on his strip club […]

November 28

New on Blu-ray: Misery

“I’m your number one fan!” To this day that line still gives me chills. I guess that is one of the enduring charms of Misery, it is a thriller that manages to make you uneasy despite its lack of gore. The premise is grounded in just enough reality to be identifiable. Frankly the film feels […]

October 20

TADFF 2017: Poor Agnes

Poor Agnes is a psychological thriller that puts the audience into the mind of a serial killer. Unlike the numerous psychopaths who routinely stalk and terrorize women, a staple in most films and television crime thrillers, the killer in Navin Ramaswaran’s latest film flips the convention on its head. Living in a small rural town, […]

October 14

TADFF 2017: Rabbit

Director and writer Luke Shanahan’s first feature film Rabbit is an ambitious blend of genres exploring the mysterious connection twins have that will leave audiences chilled, uneasy and slightly confused. Maude (Adelaide Clemens) is a med student in Germany, many miles from her native Australia. She has escaped family drama that ignited after her sister […]

September 29

mother!

How does one discuss Darren Aronofsky’s mother! without spoiling the dizzying experience that is so crucial to the film? This is the problem I faced recently when trying to share my thoughts on the film with someone who had not seen it. I had to gingerly choose my words as if I was walking over […]

August 31

Blood Honey

Blood Honey isn’t your typical family drama. While most brim with emotion, director Jeff Kopas has added paranoia, mistrust and rivalry to create an unusual psychological thriller. Jenibel Heath (Shenae Grimes-Beech) is a young woman who returns to her family home, lodge and apiary to deal with her estranged, ailing father Marvin (Gil Bellows). Theirs […]

August 25

Win a Pair of Tickets to Blood Honey!

Northern Banner is releasing the much-anticipated indie psycho thriller Blood Honey in theatres across Canada on Friday September 1st. Cinema Axis has a pair of tickets to giveaway for its opening weekend in Toronto. Directed by Jeff Kopas and starring Shenae Grimes-Beech (The New Beverly Hills 90210), Blood Honey follows Jenibel Heath (Grimes-Beech) as she […]

June 09

Awakening the Zodiac

The Zodiac Killer has baffled experts for decades. Authorities have never been able to find this sensationalized serial killer who was most active from the 1960’s-70’s in the San Francisco Bay area. He is known for murdering or seriously injuring several victims, reaching out to police via taunting phone calls, and demanding that newspapers publish […]

May 30

City of Tiny Lights

Gumshoes, mysterious women and broken hearts are the stuff of classic film noir. In City of Tiny Lights, a novel written and adapted for the screen by Patrick Neate, we get this with a modern and diverse twist. Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed) is a private detective. He looks after his feisty but ailing father Farzah […]

May 24

Inside Out 2017: Bad Girl

Amy (Sara West) is a teenager, a “bad girl” who’s just returned home after some shadowy shenanigans to her adoptive parents who are willing to give her “one last chance.” They’re pretty sure she’s going to hate the new home they’ve bought in rural Australia and they’re right; she’s out the door and doing a […]

May 12

Hounds of Love

Being in a relationship is constant work, but when abuse and evil take over the dynamics of power within that relationship, it becomes another animal all together. Ben Young’s directorial debut Hounds of Love shows us the brutality of a distorted love fashioned to devour the innocent in an all too realistic and frightening way. […]

March 23

CFF 2017: Broken Mile

Waking up after a night of booze and drugs, Shaun (Francesco Filice) discovers that the girl he had been partying with the night before is dead. Fearful that he will be implicated in her death, and worried about his best friend Kenny’s (Patrick McFadden) reaction, since he was dating the deceased, Shaun does the only […]

February 27

Get Out

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out wastes no time in establishing both its sense of dread and its social subtext. Opening with an unnamed black man walking in a predominantly white suburb at night, it is immediately evident that no good can come of this. The man himself knows this as he nervously attempts to […]

November 19

Nocturnal Animals

Seven year after wowing critics and audiences with his mesmerizing A Single Man, Tom Ford finally returns with the thrilling drama Nocturnal Animals. Although the fashion designer/filmmaker’s absence from the director’s chair was longer than fans expected, Ford has not lost any of the flare that makes him such a vivid storyteller. Adapting Austin Wright’s […]

September 28

New on Blu-ray & DVD: The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn’s visually hypnotic The Neon Demon is easily one of the year’s most polarizing films. A dark psychological horror that oozes style in every frame, the film’s observation of our societal obsession with female beauty left some viewers cold. Make no mistake though, The Neon Demon is a gem of a film that […]

September 11

TIFF 2016: Nocturnal Animals

Seven year after wowing critics and audiences with his mesmerizing A Single Man, Tom Ford finally returns with the thrilling drama Nocturnal Animals. Although the fashion designer/filmmaker’s absence from the director’s chair was longer than fans expected, Ford has not lost any of the flare that makes him such a vivid storyteller. Adapting Austin Wright’s […]

August 03

Netflix Pick: The Invitation

There is a beautiful simplicity to Karyn Kusama’s latest film that is lacking in most thrillers nowadays. Instead of relying on jump scares to build its unsettling atmosphere, the film allows it characters to do all the heavy lifting. Conversation and subtle visual flourishes are mainly the tools Kusama uses to construct her tension filled […]

July 13

New on Blu-ray & DVD: Green Room

A little less than a month ago the film world was rocked by the tragic loss of Anton Yelchin. An actor who was just scratching the surface of his full potential, his death reminded us all how unpredictable and short life can be. Fortunately, Yelchin’s legacy will never be forgotten as left behind a strong […]