Exotica (Review)

Atom Egoyan’s 1994 film Exotica opens with a slow, panning shot of a jungle-themed mural, mixed with instances of artificial plants in its foreground, which gave me an immediate sense of déjà vu. The camerawork here is undeniably similar to the opening of Egoyan’s subsequent 1994 feature, The Sweet Hereafter (a film I reviewed last […]

Film Review | Asteroid (2015)

Film run-time: 10 minutes | Starring Cadence Schuster, Peter Higginson, Corrinne King Written and Directed by Kristina Mileska, Photography by Andy Kloske, Sound by Emmerek Vanleur “Asteroid“, a 2015 short film by Kristina Mileska, is an imaginative sojourn into the boundless imagination of a young girl, whose bedtime story rituals with her grandfather carry both […]

Logan (Review)

It’s interesting to think that, while Marvel’s “American” Avengers are out saving the world (but still mostly America of course), Fox’s two current tent-pole characters, Deadpool and Wolverine, who are also both Canadian, seem less concerned with saving the world than fixing more immediate problems in their own lives. While I admit I’m a huge […]

Girlfriend’s Day (Review)

I made sure to pay attention to the credits this time. I wanted to see who’s behind this elaborate send up of the mystery-thriller genre, ingeniously infusing melodrama and murder into the world of holiday romance cards. The person’s name is Michael Stephenson. He wrote the film with Eric Hoffman (With Bob and David) and […]

Cafe Mephisto (Review)

When night falls around Vancouver, a new subspecies of people lurk in the darkness. You can find them at any 24-hour cafe doing their own things at their own times. Sometimes they’re exploring, sometimes they’re doing something that interests them. Sometimes, they’re working. And that’s what this film focuses on. Rueben (Jason Meyers) works the […]

Review of The Last Casino

Casino gaming, whether it is in a traditional land based casino or in a virtual casino, has become a popular pastime for many around the globe. As a result, many films have been released that incorporate a casino theme in some manner. Typically casinos are linked to organized crime and high risk which can help […]