Fantasia Film Festival Review: Midnight (2021)

Fantasia Film Festival Review: Midnight (2021)

Featured image: Wi Ha-Joon as Do Shik in Midnight. (Courtesy of Fantasia.) Directed and written by Kwon Oh-seung. Starring Wi Ha-Joon, Jin Ki-Yoo, Kil Hae-yeon. Runtime 1h 43 min. Midnight had its Canadian Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival on August 22, 2021. I’m a total sucker for South Korean thrillers, and thrillers in general, especially ones [...]

Fantasia Film Festival Review: The Sadness (2021)

Fantasia Film Festival Review: The Sadness (2021)

In the film, we first meet young couple Kat (Regina Lei) and Jim (Berant Zhu), getting ready for an ordinary day. However, today, after a year of living with the Alvin virus, it’s permanently mutated into something rabid. It turns everyday, fine citizens into feral sadists who give into their primal urges. In the film, Jabbaz throws every caution to the wind, creating a totally bonkers action-horror film. It’s filled with anxiety as we watch as we never know what will happen. It’s injected with the pure insanity of each film in The Purge series (the good ones), but dialed to 11. It’s also just The Crazies on crack. The first kill we see is haunting, and a big kudos to Jabbaz for choosing this greasy first death. If you’re watching the film and you’re immediately turned off by this first kill, there’s a decent chance this won’t be for you. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Cinequest Review: Non Western (2021)

Cinequest Review: Non Western (2021)

Non Western is a documentary that follows Montana couple Thaddeus Red Bird and Nanci Red Bird as they prepare for their upcoming wedding and they have to adjust to each other's cultures as Nanci learns to become Northern Cheyenne. A film about gender roles and cultural differences, sometimes there's more context needed but as a character study, it shines.

Fantasia 2020 – Come True (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – Come True (2020)

Directed by: Anthony Scott Burns. Starring: Julia Sarah Stone, Landon Liboiron, Carlee Ryski. Runtime: 1h 43 min. Released: This film had its World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on August 30, 2020. Anthony Scott Burns’ Come True is the type of Canadian film that makes me love Canadian stories and Canadian horror. To spoil the [...]

Irresistible (2020)

Irresistible (2020)

Directed by: Jon Stewart. Starring: Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper. Runtime: 1h 41 min. Released: June 26, 2020. Steve Carell plays Gary Zimmer, a fictional campaign strategist who lost a very winnable campaign in the 2016 election on the side of Hilary Clinton. For his redemption, Zimmer sees an inspiring video online of retired [...]

Money Plane (2020)

Money Plane (2020)

Directed by: Andrew Lawrence. Starring: Adam Copeland, Kelsey Grammer, Thomas Jane. Released: July 10, 2020. Runtime: 1h 22 min. I love heist films so when I heard about Money Plane, I thought it would be some stupid B-movie fun. It is surely dumb, but it’s not fun. The story follows Jack Reese (retired wrestler Adam [...]

The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book (2016)

Released: April 15, 2016. Directed by: Jon Favreau. Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley. Runtime: 1hr, 45 min. Director Jon Favreau brings his vision of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story of The Jungle Book to the big screen – telling the story with fantastic visuals and a stellar cast. It’s a coming-of-age tale about Mowgli [...]

The Witch (2016)

The Witch (2016)

  Released: February 19, 2016. Director: Robert Eggers. Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Inseson, Kate Dickie. Runtime: 1hr 33 min. Filmed in the small Ontario town of Mattawa, The Witch is an astounding venture into psychological horror from feature debut director Robert Eggers. The film’s 1630’s New England setting is a perfect fit for the compelling [...]