High Concept: TIFF Cinematheque Revisits the Films of Denis Villeneuve

To coincide with the upcoming release of Blade Runner 2049, TIFF Cinematheque is presenting High Concept: The Films of Denis Villeneuve from September 26 to October 5. The series covers all of Denis Villenueve’s filmography from his early Quebecois films, such as Polytechnique (Sept 27, 6:30 PM) and Incendies (Sept 29, 6:45 PM). to his more recent forays into Hollywood […]

A few words on The Mask (Eyes of Hell)

Warning: This post contains an animated image, which might cause a reaction for those with epilepsy. Last night, I went to the TIFF Bell Lightbox to see their new digital restoration of the 1961 Canadian horror film The Mask (Eyes of Hell). The film has its place in Canadian film history as the first horror […]

York U Flashback: Mon oncle Antoine and National Identity in Quebecois Cinema

Happy Canada Day! Throughout the course of the next two months, the TIFF Bell Lightbox is hosting the free retrospective “Canadian Open Vault: The All-Time Top Ten,” featuring the all time top Canadian films, as selected by TIFF’s fourth national poll.  The first of these screenings will be this afternoon at 1pm, with a screening […]

York U Flashback: 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her and Semiotics

As you may know, I graduated from York University, here in Toronto, with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies.  Wanting to keep a record of all my writing, I have retained every essay I have written during my four years in film studies.  While I already link to my favourite essays from […]

A few words on one of the the most notorious rock documentaries of all time.

In 1972, photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank followed The Rolling Stones on their North American tour, in support of their album “Exile on Main St.”  The resulting documentary, with a profane title I don’t feel like repeating here, ended up presenting the band in such an unflattering light, that they sued Robert Frank to prevent […]

Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Set during a time in Canadian history when aboriginal kids were routinely sent to residential schools, Rhymes for Young Ghouls tells the story of a young girl named Aila (Kawennahere Devery Jacobs).  Aila’s life was shaken by tragedy at a very young age when her mother accidently ran over her younger brother, and subsequently committed […]

Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on Asphalt Watches

From visual artists Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman, comes this very trippy and surreal road trip across Canada.  Based on a real cross-country trip by Scriver and Ehman, Asphalt Watches follows the duo of Bucktooth Cloud and Skeleton Hat as they travel cross-country, with the help of an out-dated train hopping manual.  While hitchhiking, the […]

Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on Gabrielle

Playing as part of the Canada’s Top Ten line-up, as well as opening this week for its regular release, Gabrielle is a coming-of-age story about a young woman’s desire to live a normal life, despite her mental disability.  Gabrielle (Gabrielle Marion-Rivard) is a young women with William’s Syndrome, who sings in a choir with other […]

Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on Tom at the Farm

From director Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways), comes this darkly humorous psychological thriller.  After the death of his lover Guy, Tom (Dolan) travels from Montreal to the countryside and stays at the farm of Guy’s family, while attending the funeral.  Guy’s mother Agathe (Lise Roy) never knew that her son was a homosexual and his psychotic […]