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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

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 Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas (1990)

by Jennifer Valencia What can I say about Goodfellas (1990) that hasn’t already been said?  Why would I even tackle this film? I made myself a promise (I said I would watch all the AFI 100 Best Films and write about them), and I am going to see this through

On Peter Weir’s Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

by Jacqueline Valencia  I’ve been sitting on this post for a while. I was so deeply impressed when I saw The Wicker Man  (which needs its own Freudian/Jungian analysis somewhere, especially for this scene: https://vimeo.com/87336570) that I had to watch all the folk horror that I could find. This isn’t an

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 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

On Robert Eggers’ The Witch (2015)

by Kayann Mitchell My anticipation for this film knew no bounds. I caught its scent in January 2015 after its debut at The Sundance Film Festival where it won rave reviews from critics and fans alike. I HAD to be a part of the groundswell of appreciation for what was seemingly

On Laguna and Wiklund’s We Are Monsters (2015)

by Kayann Mitchell I really vacillated on whether to review this movie, which is such a woman-hating piece of garbage I feared even talking about it in the pejorative would make people want to see it. Which let me warn you here. Don’t! Do not watch this hateful piece or

On George Miller’s FURY ROAD (2015)

by Jacqueline Valencia “What a lovely day!” Indeed. Where do I even start? From the crazy frantic onset to the crashing denouement there is little time for pause (let alone breathing) in George Miller’s Fury Road. As an edition to the Mad Max series it is a full on adrenaline injecting metal

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