Review: Hal

The career of filmmaker Hal Ashby is revisited in Hal. Beginning his film career as film editor, which included winning an Oscar for his friend Norman Jewison’s 1967 film In the Heat of the Night, Hal Ashby began his directorial career with the racially charged drama The Landlord in 1970. He followed this up with the controversial cult romance Harold and Maude in […]

Review: Free Solo

One of the world’s most acclaimed rock climbers attempts his most perilous challenge in Free Solo. Alex Honnold is an acclaimed rock climber, who has gained notoriety for his success at free solo climbing, where he does not wear any safety gear. Alex decides that the time has come to face his biggest challenge of free […]

Review: Bad Reputation

The career of Joan Jett is chronicled in Bad Reputation. Since she has been very young, Joan Jett had the ambition to become a rock star, despite the industry having a bias against women. When she was still a teenager, Jett co-founded the all female punk rock group The Runaways, which experienced great success in the […]

Fantasia 2018: Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana

The story of the only American artist convicted for obscenity is told in Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana. In the late 1980s, Florida-based teenager Mike Diana began his underground comic “Boiled Angel,” which was designed by Diana to be be the most offensive zine ever published, with the comics featuring very graphic depictions of […]

Review: Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

The life and career of fashion icon Vivienne Westwood is told in Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist. Coming from humble beginnings in the north of England, fashion designer first came into prominence through her relationship with Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and her role in helping to create the fashion of the punk movement in the 1970s. In the […]

Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbour

The story of the life an career of Mr. Rogers is told in Won’t You Be My Neighbor. In the late 1960s, Fred Rogers started the children’s television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, as a way to connect children to the issues of the day, using his singing, storytelling, and puppetry. The show ran for over […]

Review: Ferris’s Room

A Toronto artist recreates the titular character’s bedroom from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Ferris’s Room. For an exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto artist Sarah Keenlyside painstakingly recreates Ferris Bueller’s bedroom from John Hughes’ 1986 cult film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. After the success of the Toronto exhibition, Sarah is invited to Chicago to restage the […]

Review: Shiners

Various shoe-shiners are profiled in Shiners. All over the world, you will find people who make it their living to shine shoes. In New York, Don has been shining on the streets for fifteen years. In Toronto, Vincent shines shoes part time in a barbershop. In Sarajevo, Ramiz hopes to follow in the steps of his […]

Review: The Final Year

Barack Obama’s foreign policy team are followed during the administration’s final year in office in The Final Year. During the Obama administration final 12 months in office, a documentary crew has unprecedented access as they follow Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes as they embark on their duties. With […]

Review: 78/52

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 suggested nudity and violence, the scene broke many taboos from the time. Multiple individuals, […]