Operation Avalanche (Review)

Any budding filmmakers making their feature film debut pray for success and recognition right out the gate, which of course is not always the case. Yet, an auspicious debut can lead to unduly high expectations for a filmmakers’ sophomore effort. That is not to say that Matt Johnson’s The Dirties left me expecting a masterclass […]

Bao: A Love Letter

Pixar’s latest release, The Incredibles 2, is accompanied by Bao, written and directed by Domee Shi, a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker from Toronto. In the tradition of Pixar’s most notable shorts, such as Geri’s Game and For the Birds, Bao contains no explicit dialogue, instead relying on Pixar’s knack for charmingly expressive animation and well-woven narrative to […]

In The Valley of Elah (Review)

As a screenwriter and director, it can be difficult to gauge just what one should expect from a Paul Haggis feature. While the Ontarian Oscar winner is no doubt a talented force to be reckoned with, his storied career has also proven a precarious tendency for heavy-handedness, particularly in Crash, the very film which earned […]

Stripes (Review)

The significant contributions made to comedy by the likes of Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and frequent collaborator Ivan Reitman cannot be understated. The trio are best known (along with Dan Aykroyd) for the timeless smash hit Ghostbusters, which is rightfully revered as a pivotal moment in 1980s comedy, and indeed comedy as a whole. Their […]

Pyewacket (Review)

After watching Adam MacDonald’s 2014 feature film debut, Backcountry, I was left with a sense of hope for the budding director. Dynamic camerawork, well-allocated sound, and impressive performances from his actors emphatically coalesced to conjure a sincere sense of horror, even if it did occasionally succumb to worn-out tropes of the genre. Thus, it only […]