On Gerald Kargl’s ANGST (1983)

by Jacqueline Valencia Spoiler alert. Analysis and talk of the full movie. You can find this previously obscure film now on Amazon video or Tubi. ………. Angst 1983 (Austria) Directed by: Gerald Kargl Cinematography: Zbigniew Rybczyński Music composed by: Klaus Schulze Cast: Erwin Leder, Edith Rosset, Rudolf Gotz, Karin Springer

On writing film criticism and not getting paid for it

by Jacqueline Valencia It’s a freezing rain day in Toronto. I’m recovering from a bad cold. I haven’t written about film since July and I am fine. I still watch a lot of film though and long to write about it more, but it is a struggle. Life changes right

On Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966)

  by Jacqueline Valencia   (as part of TIFF‘s Modernist Master: Michelangelo Antonioni series. For screenings: https://www.tiff.net/#series=modernist-master-michelangelo-antonioni) *spoilers* You capture a moment when you take a photograph. The suspension of time and space with no context can become a story or a mystery. What leads up to a photo being taken? What

BLOOD! On Andy Milligan’s 70s bad horror films

There’s merit in trash film as there are merits in art film. I often lament the fact that there is so much film I’d love to be able to watch, but not enough of a lifetime to watch it all in. So why watch trash films? Films often catch my

TIFF17 On Bergroth’s MIAMI and Lehotsky’s NINA

by Jacqueline Valencia (Editors note: Both films are part of TIFF’s 2017 Contemporary World Cinema Programme) Miami (2017) dir.: Zaida Bergroth Director Zaida Bergroth’s Miami stars Krista Kosonen as Angela a charming show dancer and Sonja Kuittinen as her small town sister Anna. Anna finds her long lost sister and through admiration and a

TIFF 2017: On Jan Zabeil’s Three Peaks (2017)

by Jacqueline Valencia Tackling relationships in film authentically can be a tricky business, especially if they’re about broken or blended families. There’s nuances and intimacies that get glossed over many times in favour of getting on with the story. Then sometimes there are movies that make entire films about those

Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce (1985)

by Jacqueline Valencia The appeal of films like the late Tobe Hooper‘s Lifeforce is that I like being entertained. It doesn’t matter if the film is good or bad, I frankly would like to feel like I didn’t waste my time watching it.  A good film provokes me to think or it makes

On Julia Ducournau’s Raw (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell Debuting at Cannes and infamous for causing fainting spells during its screening at TIFF, Julia Ducournau’s meaty debut was bound to end up on my radar. I’d been chomping at the bit to finally see this French/Belgian gem. But I was crestfallen upon learning that Canada wouldn’t

On Liam Gavin’s A Dark Song (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell I have to admit I’m a sucker for a good movie trailer. I can get as excited as kid on sugar with the right ones, so when i got a gander of A Dark Song a few months ago I was well up for it. I’d heard

On Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017) – spoiler free review

by Jacqueline Valencia There is so much I could say about this Jordan Peele’s Get Out. However, in an effort to not spoil the film for any readers the best thing I can do is give you my reasons why I feel this is an important film. I’ll be linking a

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