This Is Not a Movie

TIFF19: This Is Not a Movie

The career of British Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk is profiled in This Is Not a Movie. Robert Fisk began his career in journalism in the 1970s covering The Troubles in Northern Island for “The London Times.” However, he would soon move to the Middle East, where he would remain for four decades. Today, Fisk […]

Fantasia 2019: Phantom of Winnipeg

The unexpected cult success of Phantom of the Paradise in Winnipeg is explored in Phantom of Winnipeg. In 1974, Brian De Palma released his rock opera Phantom of the Paradise, starring William Finley, Jessica Harper, and Paul Williams, which was an undisputed box office bomb. However, this fact was lost on the population of Winnipeg, […]

Fantasia 2019: BLOOD & FLESH – The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson

The life and tragic death of cult filmmaker Al Adamson are revisited in BLOOD & FLESH – The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson. As the son of silent movie star Denver Dixon, Al Adamson gained the filmmaker bug when he helped his father direct the 1961 western Halfway to Hell. Teaming with […]

Review: Watergate

The events leading up to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon is told in detail in Watergate. In 1972, five men broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex. This would soon erupt into a scandal, as a cover-up by the administration of Richard Nixon is exposed. Using transcripts of […]

Toronto True Crime Film Festival 2019: Sakawa

Underemployed youth in Ghana try to make a living through online scams in Sakawa. In a Ghanaian slum, a group of youth, including siblings Ama and One Dollar, use salvaged computers to create fake online personas, which they use to try and scam lonely westerners out of their money. Sakawa, named after the Ghanian term […]

Toronto True Crime Film Festival 2019: Bei Bei

A Chinese immigrant finds herself charged with murder, after a failed suicide attempt results in the death of her unborn infant, in Bei Bei. Falling into depression after her boyfriend leaves her, pregnant Chinese immigrant Bei Bei Shuai attempts suicide by ingesting rat poison. Bei Bei ends up surviving, however, her child dies soon after […]

Review: The Biggest Little Farm

A couple trades in life in the city to realize their dreams of running a farm in The Biggest Little Farm. John Chester is a wildlife filmmaker, who faces eviction from his Los Angeles apartment after they adopt a rescue dog named Todd. John and his food blogger wife Molly decided to take this opportunity […]

Review: Hail Satan?

Disclaimer: This is an objective review of the 2019 documentary, directed by Penny Lane. Personally, Sean Kelly does not support or endorse Satanism or The Satanic Temple. The Satanic Temple campaigns for the recognition of religious plurality in the United States in Hail Satan?. Following in the footsteps of Anton Szandor LaVey’s original Church of […]

Hot Docs 2019: Trixie Mattell: Moving Parts

The growing celebrity of drag queen Trixie Mattell is documented in Trixie Mattell: Moving Parts. Trixie Mattell, aka Brian Firkus, is drag queen, comedian, and musician, who began to rise in popularity following her appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Despite losing on her first appearance on the show, Trixie teams up with fellow drag queen […]

Hot Docs 2019: Supreme Law

Various internet stars tell the story of the patriation of the Canadian constitution from different perspectives in Supreme Law. In the early 1980s, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau set to gain control of the Canadian constitution from Great Britain. The story of these events are told from different perspectives by internet stars Jus Reign (Prime Minister), […]