My Top 5 Canadian Directors

Canadian cinema possesses an undeniably longstanding tradition, and has been home to some of the most significant and influential figures working in the industry today. Here is my list of the Top 5 Canadian Directors:   James Cameron   I begin with one of the most predictable entries on my list, which may aggravate some, […]

Remember (Review)

Every so often you can encounter a film that feels like it is treading familiar ground, like it is several films you have seen before all rolled up into one. As original a filmmaker as Atom Egoyan can be, his 2015 film Remember can feel as such in most parts, but thankfully an intense, complex […]

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 […]

The Sweet Hereafter (Review)

Achieving true emotional resonance in dramatic cinema is no easy task. Although many directors manage to manoeuvre its numerous pitfalls in its execution, few achieve what can be considered a perfect dramatic balance. After recently watching the 1997 film The Sweet Hereafter, I believe Atom Egoyan is amongst this minority of cinematic maestros. The film’s […]

News For New Year’s Eve 2015

Andrea Constand of Toronto isn’t talking about the criminal charges against Bill Cosby for allegedly assaulting her, CBC News reports, but her lawyer has said “She’s a very strong lady. She’ll do whatever she needs to do . . . ” For Darren Wiesner’s take on the story back when it broke, see this piece. […]

Marrakech, Madden, Muslims, and More

(via euronews) Marrakech Festival honours Canadian Cinema. The Canadian Cinema tribute has always been a highlight for Marrakech’s film festival for the past decade. There this year to receive the tribute was director Atom Egoyan, who works to make his movies stand out from U.S. made movies. “There’s a type of film that you can […]