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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. …

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 …

Andrew Garfield

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 …

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” …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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 the voices of Alexander Ary, Susie Arioli</b> <b><br>Written and Directed by Lynn Smith, Music by Alexander Ary, Composited</b> …

Short Films

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 …

Entertainment

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 …

Entertainment

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 …

Filmmaking

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 …

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> …

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, …

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. …

Weekend Movies: Dramas and Stories

Film Review | When Day is Done (2016)

“When Day is Done“, a 2016 short film by Brandon Roots, is a sojourn into the memories of a life shared, a touching portrait of one woman’s …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

“You Won’t Regret That Tattoo“, a 2013 short film by Angie Bird, is a wistful collection of anecdotes that examines several individuals’ rationale …