Win it All (Review)

Win It All is a one man show. Jake Johnson has been working towards this. Beloved on New Girl, he has since launched himself, with the help of indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg, into a respectable category of up and coming actors realizing their potential. He has finally planted his feet. Johnson reminds me of a […]

Cube (Review)

My issue with a lot of horror and thriller films today, is that they tend to be overly predictable, caving easily to genre conventions instead of taking bold risks. As I watched the 1997 film Cube, directed by Vincenzo Natali, I expected to be bombarded by one eye-roll-inducing horror cliché after another. Instead, it proves […]

The Discovery (Review)

The Discovery would be a wasted effort without its last 20 minutes and its unique casting. Director and co-writer Charlie McDowell pulls pieces (down to casting the underrated Jesse Plemons and giving his female lead an attractive aloofness and imperfect dye job) from P.T.A.’s The Master, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, and Charlie Kauffman’s Eternal Sunshine […]

Goin’ Down the Road (Review)

Whenever I hear talk of quintessential Canadian cinema, or read any one of the many top-ten lists I have encountered, a reference to Donald Shebib’s 1970 film Goin’ Down the Road is almost inescapable. By today’s standards, its low-budget nature might leave some feeling underwhelmed, but do not be misled. The film’s realistic narrative and […]

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 […]