Tag: films

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

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

On the first night of 2017 8 Fest!

by Jacqueline Valencia (Check out the8fest schedule here: http://the8fest.com/2016%20schedule.html) Toronto is the centre for amazing film and film industry. One of the hidden gems of the city is its great 8Fest, a festival that focuses on small-gauge film such as 8mm, Super 8, and 9.5mm. They also include loops, personal homemade

On watching bad films on purpose…

by Jacqueline Valencia There are staples when it comes to bad film. I mean, flops that were a flop for a reason and they’re fascinating to watch. Not everyone loved Ishtar, Glitter, or Lawnmower Man 2. Yet there are film lovers who also happen to be masochists with the films

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

On Bryan Bertino’s The Monster

by Kayann Mitchell With The Monster we have Bryan Bertino‘s third trip to the director’s chair after his debut The Strangers and his sophomore effort Mockingbird. And here he has brought us his first creature feature. As it opens we see a young Lizzy (Ella Ballentine) fending for herself till

On Babak Anvari’s Under The Shadow (2016)

Toronto After Dark is quickly gaining massive brownie points with me what with their premier of Trash Fire on a double bill with Babak Anvari‘s Under The Shadow I had the pleasure of seeing what is now another superior piece of filmmaking to add to my 2016 top ten. Under

On Richard Bates Jr.’s Trash Fire (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell I don’t know if y’all had the opportunity to see the fantastic little film Excision when it debuted in 2012. Richard Bates Jr.‘s blood soaked horror gem. If not, go, now, and behold greatness, I’ll wait… Did you go? Good! Because that should have you ready to

On Danny Perez’ Antibirth (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell Premiering at Sundance Antibirth is the latest in body horror, a sub-genre that usually takes a strong stomach to behold, which is all I knew about this little indie going in. So needless to say I had a bucket on standby just in case. But would I

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