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), […]

Hot Docs 2019: Butterfly

The first female Italian boxer to make the Olympics is left at a crossroads when her dreams are dashed in Butterfly. At only 18 years old, Irma “The Butterfly” Testa makes history when she becomes the first female to make the Italian Olympic boxing team. However, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Testa […]

Hot Docs 2019: Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

The life and career of the Canadian folk singer is revisited in Gordon Lightfoot: If You Can Read My Mind. Growing up in the Ontario city of Orillia, Gordon Lightfoot had his beginnings playing in the coffeehouses in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. This would eventually lead to him signing with Warner Bros and becoming one of […]

Hot Docs 2019: Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

The use of propaganda around the world is explored in Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies. From ancient cave paintings to the spread of fake news, propaganda has always been around to exploit your need to believe in something. This film takes a look at many forms of propaganda, ranging from films made during the […]