Hot Docs 2019: Assholes: A Theory

The book by Aaron James forms the basis of this exploration of the concept of assholes in Assholes: A Theory. Aaron James is a professor of philosophy, who wrote the New York Times bestseller “Assholes: A Theory,” which describes assholes as people that allow themselves special advantages, an entrenched sense of entitlement, and immunizes themselves […]

Hot Docs 2019: Who Let the Dogs Out

One man uncovers the story behind the 1998 one hit wonder by the Baha Men in Who Let the Dogs Out. Ben Sisto is an artist, who considers himself the undisputed expert of the song “Who Let the Dogs Out.” After seeing a vague description on the song’s Wikipedia page, Ben decides to put into […]

Hot Docs 2019: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

The family of a murdered Cree man demand justice from the legal system in nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up. In 2016, Colten Boushie, a young Cree man from Saskatchewan, was killed by a gunshot to the head by a farmer named Gerald Stanley. Arguing that he shot Boushie in self-defense, Stanley ended up being acquitted […]

Hot Docs 2019: Ask Dr. Ruth

The life and career of sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer is told in Ask Dr. Ruth. Karola Ruth Siegel was born on June 4, 1928 in Wiesenfeld, Germany to Orthodox Jewish parents. During the Holocaust, Karola was sent to the Wartheim, Orphanage in Switzerland, where she remained throughout the second World War. Switching to her […]

Review: Avengers: Endgame

The Avengers regroup for one final battle against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. After suffering defeat at the hands of Thanos (Josh Brolin), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) are left in a […]

Hot Docs 2019: Memory – The Origins of Alien

The influences and history behind Ridley Scott’s Alien is told in Memory – The Origins of Alien. When it was produced in 1979, Alien was quite unlike any science fiction film being produced at the time. Part of this comes from the synergy between screenwriter Dan O’Bannon, conceptual artist H.R. Giger, and director Ridley Scott. […]

Hot Docs 2019: Because We Are Girls

Three sisters struggle to come to terms with the sexual abuse were victims of in childhood in Because We Are Girls. Salakshana, Kira and Jeeti Pooni are three daughters of Indian immigrants, who grew up in the small town on Williams Lake, British Columbia. When the three sisters were young girls, all three of them […]

Hot Docs 2019: Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

A reclusive women kept a personal archive of TV footage captured over three decades in Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project. In her younger years, Marion Stokes was a communist radical, who at one point was spied on by the FBI. Beginning with the Nightline coverage of the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979, Marion begin to […]

Hot Docs 2019: The Pickup Game

The billion dollar industry of seduction is explored in The Pickup Game. In 1992, Ross Jeffries released his self-published seduction guide “How to Get Women in Bed.” This kickstarted an industry of self-described seduction gurus, who now generate over $1 billion a year teaching how to pick-up women. However, the question must be asked is […]

Hot Docs 2019: Dicktatorship

Two filmmakers examine the history of male chauvinistic behaviour in Italy in Dicktatorship. Throughout its history, Italian men have often been associated with the “Latin Lover” macho stereotype, with the country’s gender roles having been heavily influenced by Musolini. On the eve of their marriage, Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi explore and debate the origins […]