Review – Octavio is Dead

Men who abandon their wives after a pregnancy cannot be classified as a true father, especially if they never make time to see the kids they biologically created. I’ve come across a few people like that in my life who have a hatred for their biological fathers and their spineless decisions. And those people’s mothers […]

Backcountry (Review)

I find there to be something special about horror films that rely on grounded, well-crafted scenarios to elicit fear, rather than resorting to cheap supernatural scares, or outlandish schema that serve up a healthy dose of social commentary. That is not to say I don’t appreciate entries consistent with either category, as some of the […]

Mountain Men – Review

Getting away from it all can be a good way to clear the air, but a single mis-step (or two or three) can lead to one wishing to be back in it all ASAP. It’s easy to forget living in the densely populated Vancouver region (as I do) that most of our province of British Columbia […]

Werewolf (Review)

From the opening shot of a frayed clothes line being taken down, to the haunting image that followed, I was fascinated by Ashley McKenzie’s 2016 directorial debut Werewolf. The creative flair of McKenzie’s style is reminiscent of Xavier Dolan, exhibiting the potential to be a driving force in the Canadian cinema. But alas, much like […]

A Critic Goes to the Leo Awards

Los Angeles has the Oscars and Toronto has the Canadian Screen Awards, but here in Vancouver, the red carpet rolled out for three nights of the LEO AWARDS, now celebrating their 20th edition since their inception in 1999. I was fortunate enough to attend the third and final night of the awards where the trophies for […]