Splice (Review)

Have you ever rewatched a film you haven’t seen in a long time, only to find you have a very different opinion of it the second time around? I certainly have, and I almost always come away feeling disappointed with both the film and my younger self. Vincenzo Natali’s Splice, on the contrary, is a […]

Crawl (Review)

Alright, I’m just going to come right out and say it; I really, really enjoyed Alexandre Aja’s 2010 film Piranha 3D. Some may scoff at the French filmmaker’s tendency towards schlocky B-movie tropes, but I would argue that his films revel in their own self-awareness, all the while delivering the thrills, kills and scares that […]

HOLLYWOOD’S CANADA: Northern Pursuit

While there was plenty of action in the European and Pacific Theatres to keep Axis forces occupied in WWII both in real life and on-screen, it seems the Nazis just couldn’t keep their paws off Hollywood’s version of Canada’s far north (aka “God’s Country”). Even though the stormtroopers depicted in Powell & Pressburger’s 49th Parallel […]

Just Me and You – Mini-Review

Ah, Father-Daughter trips. A common concept in short films and features. I’ve seen it in films at VIFF, VAFF, my early days of reviews, and maybe VSFF?. You get the idea, daddy-daughter movies. Or movies that involve being on the road. Those kinds. This one’s a little different, because the daddy-daughter duo of Stephan (Florin […]