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 […]

TIFF 2015: Office

From Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To (Drug War, Mad Detective) comes the workplace musical Office. In the midst of a global financial crisis, CEO Miss Chang (Sylvia Chang) prepares the IPO for her billion dollar company, with Chairman Ho Chung-ping (Chow Yun-fat) promising a wealth of shares. Meanwhile, young upstart Lee Xiang (Wang Ziyi) tries to make a name for […]

TIFF 2015: Love

Warning: The content described in this review is only suitable for people 18 years or older. Reader discretion is advised. Controversial filmmaker Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void) mixes romantic drama with explicit sex in Love. Murphy (Karl Glusman) is an American film student, who begins an extremely passionate relationship with Parisian artist Electra (Aomi Muyock). Featuring […]

My Thoughts on Nurse 3D

Playing as part of this month’s Rue Morgue CineMacabre screening series was this very campy and seductive horror film.  During the day, Abby Russell (Paz de la Huerta) is one of the best nurses at All Saints Memorial Hospital.  However, during the night, Abby goes on the prowl to seduce and kill adulterous men.  Abby […]

My Thoughts on Gravity

Director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) heads to outer space with the survival epic Gravity.  Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a bio-medical engineer on her first space mission, working with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). While performing a spacewalk, doing work on the Hubble Space Telescope, Stone and Kowalski are hit with the debris […]

My Thoughts on G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Continuing more or less where the previous film let off, G.I. Joe: Retaliation finds the G.I. Joe team betrayed by U.S. government, which has been taken over by Cobra.  The surviving Joes, including Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), Flint (D.J. Cotrona), and Snake Eyes (Ray Park), set off to stop the world domination […]

TIFF Next Wave: My Thoughts on Dead Before Dawn 3D

The closing film of the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival for Youth was the official North American premiere of this Canadian horror-comedy, which put a twist on the overused zombie apocalypse premise.  The film is notable for the fact that it is the first Canadian film to be shot in stereoscopic 3D (more on that […]

My Thoughts on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

More than a decade after The Lord of the Rings first graced the screens, Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth for the first of three films based on, J.R.R. Tokien’s Lord of the Rings predecessor, The Hobbit.  While the original source novel is a relatively brief children’s story, in comparison to the latter books, Peter […]

My Thoughts on Life of Pi

Life of Pi is the new film by director Ang Lee and is about an Indian boy named Pi, who is stranded in a lifeboat after a ship sinks, with his only company being a Bengal tiger.  The film is a very spiritual and mystical film and religion plays a very big role in the […]

TIFF12: My Thoughts on Dredd 3D

Back in 1995, there was an adaptation of the Judge Dredd comics that starred Sylvester Stallone and audiences generally frowned upon Stallone’s interpretation of the character, namely in the way he quickly got rid of Dredd’s trademark helmet.  Well, it’s 17 years later and a new reboot has surfaced, which was reportedly supposed to be closer to […]