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 […]

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 Street Cat Named Bob (Review)

The world can seem a gloomy place if you pay too much attention to the news, which more often than not abides by the old adage that ‘if it bleeds it leads.’ Thus, people can sometimes lose sight of cinema’s capacity for escapism, which is why I advocate that people ensure they at least get […]

The Breadwinner (Review)

Most of the time in cinema, there is a concerted effort made to distract audiences from the fact that what they are watching is a constructed narrative. In fewer cases, there are films which deliberately remind audiences that they are in fact constructions for varying artistic reasons, a technique that legendary filmmaker Jean-Luc Goddard is […]

Deadpool 2 (Review)

Sequels are never an easy feat to successfully pull off, especially when its predecessor is so well loved. Matching the first installment’s quality is one thing, but to actually veer in a fresh narrative direction, while still maintaining the essence of what made it special, is another case altogether. It is no wonder, then, that […]

48 Hrs (Review)

When discussing Canadian filmmakers, there are certain names that always crop up. James Cameron, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Denis Villeneuve; these are all names that are considered synonymous with Canadian cinema, and deservedly so, given the contributions made not just to their own national cinema, but the medium as a whole. Yet, there are lesser […]