Trench 11 – Review

Canada has been rather unlucky in the war film genre. Canadians were all but erased from The Great Escape and homegrown war films like Passchendaele are few and far between given the great cost of producing them. A more marketable genre piece may be just what the moviegoer ordered as a new WW1 horror thriller puts a […]

Little Italy – Review

“Romeo and Juliet died!” remarks one character to another after being compared to the tragic Shakespearian couple. Nothing quite so sordid befalls the protagonists of Little Italy, set among the Toronto district of the same name. In fact, the worst you could say about these two is that their story comes out of the oven […]

Summer of ’84 – Review

15 year-old Davey Armstrong (Graham Verchere) is slumming it through yet another boring summer in unassuming Ipswitch, Oregon. When not delivering papers or playing “manhunt” with the other neighbourhood kids, he delves deep into conspiracy theories served up to him by the National Enquirer, much to the exasperation of his close friends Woody (Caleb Emery), […]

VQFF: 1985 Review

It was on September 17, 1985 that then-U.S President Ronald Reagan first publicly acknowledged Autoimmune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in response to a question about federal funding for cure research. Two months earlier, famed 50s heartthrob Rock Hudson had come out publicly as having being diagnosed with the disease from which he would ultimately pass away […]

VQFF – Octavio is Dead! (Review)

“Find out what makes you happy and do it” says one character to the protagonist of Sook-Yin Lee’s supernatural drama Octavio is Dead! This is not always easily accomplished, especially when one’s happiness may come at the expense of others.   Tyler (Sarah Gadon) is a directionless twenty-something suffering from a severe case of arrested development. […]

Kayak to Klemtu – Review

We all have that person in our lives who leaves a huge impact upon their passing. Mourning, working through the pain and ultimately moving forward is a very personal process but often can’t be done alone. The spirit of such a person weaves through the narrative of one of 2018’s standout features (Canadian or otherwise), […]