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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 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

On XX (2017)

by Kayann Mitchell Happening amazingly for the first time ever with XX we have four female writer directors, Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), and Jovanka Vuckovic coming together to channel their creative ju-ju into four tales of horror and suspense. Let’s see what the Ladies have to

On Anna Foerster’s Underworld Blood Wars (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell I have seen ALL the Underworld series. And I am an unabashed fan of each one for exactly what they are. Fun thrill rides. Did Anna Foerster and add to the cannon with Underworld: Blood Wars? We open with Selene (Kate Beckinsale) still on the run from

On Andre Øvredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell I’m a massive fan of Andre Øvredal‘s Trollhunter. It was a fun bit of filmmaking. Highly recommended if you haven’t already seen it. Go forth now and do so. Its required viewing! This however is a different beast. We open on a murder scene that seems inexplicable to

On Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell I am 41 so I saw The Blair Witch Project in theatres and it scared and traumatized me in equal measure. Back then when the internet was just a wee babe and not every single household had access, the ingenious marketing ensured that this micro budget scare

On Bo Mikkelsen’s What We Become (2015)

by Kayann Mitchell With Bo Mikkelsen‘s feature film debut we take another journey into the Nordic Twilight,Scandinavia’s emerging genre movement. This time instead of werewolves here we parlay with the shambling undead. The film opens in the picturesque suburb of Sorgenfri where we meet Gustav (Benjamin Engell) and his family

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