Hollywood North Magazine

By HollywoodNorth | Insightful Commentary from and on the Canadian Film World

VWF Experience : The Best of the Web at the Fest of the Web #vwf17

Every year now, I’ve covered VWF in a couple variations. This year, it was proven to be better because I got to do more than stand around in a hall. …

Festivals

Hacksaw Ridge (Review)

<i>Hacksaw Ridge</i> boasts great acting from its lead, smart, tense battle staging, and better than average (for its genre) cinematography — all of which …

Zero Dark Thirty

The Red Man Interview

A number of weeks ago I reviewed <i>The Red Man</i>, the debut feature film by writer and director Jimmie Gonzalez, a surrealist mystery film, depicting the …

Independent Film

Petrol – The Web Series

A web-series like no other. Petrol pulls out all the stops, breaks all the rules and reinvents the wheel. If you enjoy the rush of “off the rails” …

TV

Sweeping Forward (Review)

Everyone finds themselves dealing with this problem, whether they know it or not, and this problem is anxiety of competition. It doesn’t just affect …

Curling

Scanners (Review)

My viewing of David Cronenberg’s catalogue of films has been anything but sequential. In fact, I have almost unconsciously been watching a number of …

Scanners

Closet Monster (Review)

<i>Closet Monster</i> picks its moments well. In the prelude to the main story, when protagonist Oscar Madly (Jack Fulton) is only about 10 years old, he …

The Oscars

Interview with Howard J. Davis of C’est Moi

Racial issues are still pretty big issue throughout the world, even in Montreal. Recently, filmmaker Howard J. Davis found the best way to address …

Joan of Arc

Mon Oncle Antoine (Review)

As this is my first Christmas in Canada (and I’m a sucker for the holidays), it seemed only right to watch a classic Canadian Christmas film that …

Christmas

A teachable moment (Review)

Jason Jeffrey’s short, <i>A Teachable Moment</i>, amounts to more than just a moment. There are grains of wisdom throughout the film, thanks to an attention …

Woody Allen

Maisons Modeles (Review)

Maisons Modeles, a foreign film with a dramatic genre, because, hey, I don’t review an awful lot these days. Anyone is probably guessing which …

World Cinema

Weekend Movies: Adventure Galore

Movies

81 Minutes To Pneuma

I recently had the unique pleasure of watching the screening of Will Carnes latest film, Pneuma.<p>A psychological film about a man that is incarcerated …

SXSW

Film Review | Soup of the Day (2013)

<b>Film run-time: 3 minutes | Starring Alexander Ary, Susie Arioli</b> <b><br>Written and Directed by Lynn Smith, Music by Alexander Ary, Composited and Edited by</b> …

Movies

The Sweet Hereafter (Review)

Achieving true emotional resonance in dramatic cinema is no easy task. Although many directors manage to manoeuvre its numerous pitfalls in its …

Roger Ebert

Paterson (VIFF Review)

Jim Jarmusch always works style over structure; however that doesn’t mean style over substance. In <i>Paterson</i>, all we get is substance.<p>Adam Driver plays …

Movies

Honestly Charlotte

‘A routine job interview goes sideways when the applicant gets completely honest about what its like to be an artist trapped in a corporate …

Film Industry

The Grocery Store Action Movie

Crazy8’s short film contest has been responsible for the creation of a vast amount of truly remarkable films. They come in all colors of genres and …

Action Movies

Film Review | The Great Machine (2015)

<b>Film run-time: 4 minutes | Starring “Seth” as Narrator</b> <b><br>Written and Directed by Luc Chamberland, Music and Sound Design by Luigi Allemano, Edited by Jo</b> …

Machine Learning

Manchester By The Sea (VIFF Review)

Every awards season we get a few cold dramas set in the north east of the States. Most of the time, in order to sustain interest, there’s crime, …

Manchester By The Sea

Abigaelle (Review)

Let’s focus on the subject of reality and fantasy. There’s a thin line between the two, and on some occasions fantasy completely replaces reality. …

Short Films

Weekend Movies: Dramas and Stories

Film Review | When Day is Done (2016)

<b>Film run-time: 5 minutes | Starring Noreen Williamson</b> <b><br>Directed by Brandon Roots, Music by Bryan Senti, Sound Design by Arjun G. Sheth</b><p>“When Day is …

Sound Design

Dead Ringers (Review)

During my recent endeavours to better understand Canadian cinema, I encountered a film highly regarded in its history. Consequently, I decided to …

Horror Movies

Making 13 Miles Together

Helena Thom and Anthony Epp are filmmakers, they are co-writers of 13 Miles and they are also married. This amazing duet agreed to meet with me to …

Local Food Movement

The Importance of Trailer Park Boys

It is no secret that Europe does not receive a great many exports from Canadian television and media, particularly in comparison to the United …

Canadian Humour

The Vancouver Rhapsody

Betty Jiang recently completed her second feature film Vancouver Rhapsody. I was lucky enough to cross paths with her and talk about the …

Woody Allen

Davai (Review)

Who would’ve thought that Travelling would do something like this? It’s not very often if at all. And at the same time, it doesn’t entirely live up …

Soldier

Film Review | You Won’t Regret That Tattoo (2013)

<b>Film run-time: 12 minutes | Starring Rick Gadde, Maria Melnik, Frank Reid</b> <b><br>Directed by Angie Bird, Produced by Michelle Woodward, Cinematography by</b> …

Tattoos