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Psychomania (1973)
DVD Review

Psychomania (1973)

Objectively speaking, Psychomania isn’t exactly what you would call a good film. The acting is varied, the premise is amusing and slightly ridiculous, and it centres on a biker gang who I spent years telling people weren’t even half as tough as those infamous “Hell’s Grannies” featured in a memorable […]

Fire At Sea (2016)
Film Review

Fire At Sea (2016)

There’s a particularly sobering sequence early on in Gianfranco Rosi’s pensive meditation on the migrant crises, in which we watch an elderly native of the Italian Pelagie isle Lampedusa as she potters about her kitchen listening to the radio. Through the airwaves, we hear reports announcing that a number of […]

31 (2016)
Film Review

31 (2016)

I like Rob Zombie. I think it’s important to start with that fact. I also have no problem with Sheri Moon Zombie. They both seem to enjoy revelling in their influences, and just generally having as much fun as possible. Which is no bad way to go through life. And […]

The Commitments (1991)
DVD Review, Film Review

The Commitments (1991)

The strange thing about The Commitments, for me, is that I wasn’t sure if I had seen it. I remembered snippets, certain highlights, but kept convincing myself that I had somehow not sat through the entire movie. And then it turns out that I had seen it. But, even as […]

World Cinema Wednesday: Force Majeure (2014)
Film Review

World Cinema Wednesday: Force Majeure (2014)

A quick browse around reveals two main definitions of the phrase “force majeure”. The first is a term used in a common legal clause, describing unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract. The second is irresistible compulsion or superior strength. And both definitions explain the title for this […]

Green Room (2016)
DVD Review

Green Room (2016)

Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin (2013) begins in media res, advancing with the tension of stretching a coiled slinky into garrotting wire, and ceasing on a moment of violence that snaps the instrument back into a thick, tangled wad. In most revenge stories, this moment would represent a climax, but here […]

TIFF 2016 – Carrie Pilby (2016)
Film Review

TIFF 2016 – Carrie Pilby (2016)

A smart, socially awkward loner attempts to navigate between teenage years and adulthood. Hundreds of films deal with this topic, relying on the easy drama arising from the transition out of education and into everything to come. Carrie Pilby follows the formula rigidly right down to the wacky new friends […]

TIFF 2016 – Blue Jay (2016)
Film Review

TIFF 2016 – Blue Jay (2016)

If the past is a foreign country, no one seems to believe it. Particularly when it comes to our own history, we often look back with a carefully censored gaze. Blue Jay throws two former high school sweethearts into this confusing nexus causing them to evaluate current inadequacies against a […]

TIFF – LBJ (2016)
Film Review

TIFF – LBJ (2016)

No one has ever been sure what to do with Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. He fell between the unforgettable John F. Kennedy and the infamous Richard M. Nixon, a hard place to land. As a Texan Senator he blocked action on equality and yet […]