Review: ANKLE BITERS, Step-Parenting Can Be Murder

Being a step-parent is no easy task; how much can you, or should you, 'parent' your partner's children? Do you try to be their friend or remain an outsider? And what if yoiu don't like them? And what if they...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Takes Another Trip down MULHOLLAND DRIVE

While Mulholland Drive might not be David Lynch's weirdest and least understandable film (I think that title goes to Inland Empire), it's still a film that people continue to dissect and debate, twenty years after its release. It remains one...

Review: RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY, An Enjoyable Enough Ride

Given the cross-over in aesthetics and storytelling techniques in cinema and video games (the former as an influence on the latter in the beginning, but the influence can be said to go both ways in recent years), there's always the...

NIGHTMARE ALLEY Trailer & Character Posters: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Maestro of visually stunning fantastical cinema Guillermo del Toro's latest film Nightmare Alley is set to drop in theatres beginning next month (at least in North America, many European nations will have to wait until January). The remake of the...

Review: THE POWER OF THE DOG Simmers with Anger, Love, and Jealousy on the Waning Frontier

Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Jesse Plemons star in Jane Campion's Montana-set Western.

Toronto Reel Asian 2021 Review: CODE NAME: NAGASAKI, A Genre Quest to Find the Past

Probably most of us have imagined our lives in a particular genre: sometimes we see ourselves living in a romantic comedy, other times we imagine ourselves as a noir detective, or a cowboy, or we think about how we might...

Review: NIGHT RAIDERS, Filled With Anger, Determination and Hope

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Alex Tarrant, Amanda Plummer star in a harrowing and suspenseful thriller, written and directed by Danis Goulet.

Review: DOUBLE WALKER, An Examined Life, An Uncertain Retribution

The saying goes that there are no atheists in a foxhole. I would probably disagree, but I can see the point, as I could understand anyone perhaps trying to bargain their way out of death, or, at least if they...

LAIR Trailer: Watch out For Creepy AirBnb Rentals

Probably most of us have rented an apartment for a holiday, whether in our own bakyard or a foreign country. And likely we've often wondered at the decor, how someone decided that this is what was needed to make a...

Review: BEANS, Growing Up in Political Turmoil

Most coming-of-age stories centre on a pivotal moment in a child's life, that cusp between childhood and the teen years, where their heart still yearns for so-called childish things, but their mind and body are moving them elsewhere. Sometimes these...

ALIEN ON STAGE, THE SADNESS, WOODLANDS DARK & More at Saskatoon Fantastic 2021

It's my personal belief that the advent of home movie watching, be it by television, VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, and now streaming, has actually increased the interest in smaller indie and genre films, and helped to create the wonderful network of...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Takes Us to Pit of ONIBABA

In fields of tall dry grass lies a pit just deep enough that escape is impossible. Not that any who fall in would think of escape, since they are already dead (or close enough) by the time they land with...

Blu-ray Review: RATCATCHER, Criterion Returns Us to A Child's Life in Glasgow

A boy wrapping himself in lace curtains. Garbage bags piled in the streets. Tom Jones on the telly. A filthy canal that doubles as a death trap. A mouse tied to a balloon. Bullies hiding 'round the corner. A house...

Abel Ferrera To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Trieste Science+Fiction Festival

Science Fiction might not be the first genre that comes to mind when one thinks of Abel Ferrera. But his unique style of gritty realism has often crossed paths with musings on the future, dangers from the beyond, and the...

Montreal Nouveau 2021 Review: EXTRANEOUS MATTER, Aliens Come In Strange Places

A friend of mine once wrote an essay for a university film course, discussing how it's often difficult for a viewer to fully comprehend a film from another culture; there are often too many nuances and contexts simply not understood....

Montreal Nouveau 2021 Review: LA CONTEMPLATION DU MYSTÈRE, The Hunter Becomes the Hunted

Our parents often have friends that we only vaguely know; rituals they kept that seems weird to us; and often, if we are estranged from them or separated by distance, a life that we cannot comprehend. Add into that a...

Clip from DOUBLE WALKER: A Good Haunting?

If you were given a choice, live one last day as a human, or forever as a ghost, which would you choose? That's a heck of a question to contemplate. Likely in the moment, most of us wouldn't want to...

Montreal Nouveau 2021 Review: Folklore Dreams Get Peculiar in TZAREVNA SCALING

Many little girls (and boys, I'm sure) have dreamed of becoming a princess; or at least, dreamed themselves the child of royalty, thus giving them a life of leisure, parties, worship from the adoring public, and a pretty awesome wardrobe....

Montreal Nouveau 2021 Review: AFTER BLUE, Succumb to the Desiring Nightmare

Paradis Sale, the original french title of Bertrand Mandico's sophomore feature, translates as 'Dirty Paradise'. And this place isn't exactly a paradise, nor is it dirty. But it is most definitely strange and surreal, filled with intoxication and eroticism, and...

Montreal Nouveau 2021 Review: ZERIA, A Fractured Story of a Dying World

What are the stories that will be left for humanity, if (or really, when) there is a shift in how we live? Or where we are? What are the ideas, histories, feelings, we need to impart to the next generations,...