Fantasia 2017: Bitch

A selfish man has to figure out what to do after his wife devolves into a canine state in Bitch. Jill (Marianna Palka) is a mother of four children, who is silently suffering at the actions of her husband Bill (Jason Ritter), who works long hours and his having an affair with a coworker. However, Jill has […]

Fantasia 2017: 78/52

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of Hot Docs 2017 The shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is broken down and analyzed in 78/52. Created with 78 set-ups and 52 shots, the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho has become one of the most iconic sequences of film history. With its use of quick cuts and […]

Fantasia 2017: Game of Death

A group of friends play a board game that literally blows their minds in Game of Death. While gathered together for a party, Tom (Samuel Earle), Beth (Victoria Diamond), Ashley (Emelia Hellman), Mary-ann (Catherine Saindon), Tyler (Erniel Baez Duenas), Kenny (Nick Serino), and Matthew (Thomas Vallieres) find an begin playing a mysterious board game called “Game […]

Fantasia 2017….from the comfort of home

The 2017 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival is currently underway. I was unable to make it into Montreal for the film festival this year, but I am still going to be doing some coverage of the festival remotely from here in Toronto. While it probably won’t be as in-depth as my previous coverage, […]

Podcast: Interviews – WTFilm Fest 2017 – She’s Allergic to Cats

To coincide with the film’s Toronto premiere this weekend at What The Film Festival 2017, here is the interview I conducted at Fantasia 2016 with the people behind the very weird She’s Allergic to Cats. OPENING CLIP – She’s Allergic to Cats Trailer 01:31 – Introductions/Housecleaning 04:46 – Interview with She’s Allergic to Cats director […]

Fantasia 2016: Wrap-Up

My coverage of the 20th annual edition of of Fantasia International Film Festival has come to an end. For the second year in a row, I made the trip to Montreal to see a wide variety of films from around the world, ranging from heavily hyped genre films, the best of Asian cinema, and some […]

Fantasia 2016: The Devil’s Candy

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of TIFF 2015 A painter and his family are tormented by demonic forces in The Devil’s Candy. Jesse (Ethan Embry) is struggling heavy metal-loving painter, who moves into a new house in Texas, with his wife Astrid (Shiri Appleby) and daughter Zooey (Kiara Glasco). Things start to seem off […]

Fantasia 2016: Tower

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of Hot Docs 2016 The United State’s first mass school shooting is recounted in Tower. On August 1, 1966, a lone sniper climb atop the tower at the University of Texas and began to unleash a violent assault. Through the eyes of many of those present, […]

Fantasia 2016: Lazy Hazy Crazy

Three teenage girls have complicated relationships in Lazy Hazy Crazy. Alice, Chloe, and Tracy are free 18 year olds living in Hong Kong. The more outgoing Alice and Chloe have made a successful living for themselves as prostitutes, with the the shy Tracy deciding to give it a try. However, the friendship between the three […]

Fantasia 2016: Operation Avalanche

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of Hot Docs 2016 CIA agents conspire to fake the moon landing in Operation Avalanche. Matt Johnson and Owen Williams are two 1960s-era CIA agents, who are assigned to infiltrate NASA under the guise of a documentary crew, with the objective to find a Russian mole within […]