Fantasia 2018: Knuckleball

A 12 year old boy struggles to survive a trip to his grandfather’s farm in Knuckleball. Despite some apprehension from his mother Mary (Kathleen Munroe), 12 year old Henry (Luca Villacis) is dropped off at the farm of his grandfather Jacob (Michael Ironside), while Henry’s parents go to a funeral. Despite being relatively estranged from the family, Jacob quickly […]

Fantasia 2018: Hurt

A woman spends Halloween night with her PTSD-suffering husband in Hurt. It is Halloween night in the small town of New Caney, Texas and Rose (Emily Van Raay) is reunited with her husband Tommy (Andrew Creer), who has just returned from the war. After spending some time with Rose’s sister Lily (Stephanie Moran) and her husband Mark […]

Fantasia 2018: Lifechanger

A shapeshifter tries to reconnect with a past love in Lifechanger. For most of his life, Drew (Bill Oberst Jr.) has had the ability to take on the form of other people. The transformation only lasts for a brief period of time, before the body begins to rot and Drew must find a new host before […]

Fantasia 2018: Summer of ’84

A young man suspects his next door neighbour of being a serial killer in Summer of ’84. Davey Armstrong (Graham Verchere) is a fifteen year old paperboy in the small town of Ipswitch, Oregon. In the summer of 1984, the town is shaken up by news of a serial killer named the “Cape May Slayer,” who targets […]

Review: The Unseen

A man who’s slowly going invisible tries to save his daughter in The Unseen. Bob Langmore (Aden Young) is an ex hockey player, who is now a struggling mill worker in a quiet town. Bob abandoned his family 8 years earlier, partly due to the fact that he has a condition that is slowly turning him […]

Review: The Lockpicker

A troubled teen struggles to maintain his equilibrium in the wake of his friend’s death in The Lockpicker. Hashi (Keigian Umi Tang) is a teenage thief, who is haunted by the recent suicide of his friend Tess (Melissa McCann), who he still sees in visions. Sleepwalking through life in school, work, and parties, Hashi acts out […]

Review: Fail to Appear

A caseworker works with a man charged with theft in Fail to Appear. Isolde (Deragh Campbell) is a trainee caseworker, who is assigned to assist Eric (Nathan Roder). Eric is a 30-something man, who has been charged with robbing an electronics store. Having already failed to appear at one court date, Eric is set to appear at […]

Canadian Film Fest 2018: Select Short Films

Here are my thoughts on a selection of shorts playing at this year’s Canadian Film Fest. Prom Night As their daughters head off to prom, three father’s begin to worry when they find a pregnancy test in the trash. Prom Night is a comedic look at every father’s nightmare, that being discovering the possible promiscuity of […]

Canadian Film Fest 2018: Luba

A single mother tries to turn her life around, while dealing with her addict ex-husband in Luba. Luba (Nicole Maroon) is a single mother struggling to make ends meet, while raising her six year old son Matty (Porter Schaefer). At the same time, Luba has to deal with her ex-husband Donnie (Vladimir Jon Cubrt), who […]

Canadian Film Fest 2018: The Go-Getters

Two lowlifes try to scam their way into $98 for bus money in The Go-Getters. Owen (Aaron Abrams) is a deadbeat drunk, who is bunking in the boiler room of the bar owned by his brother Kevin (Kristian Bruun). Owen crosses paths with junkie hooker Lacie (Tommie-Amber Pirie) and despite the fact that they can’t […]