Pleasant Surf: Our Review of ‘Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ October 20, 2017
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Pleasant Surf: Our Review of ‘Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton’

Sometimes life is just about catching that right wave…

While Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton is a nice piece of history and insight into the world of surfing, aside from some of the stunning ocean photography it plays out a little too perfunctory to be anything truly memorable for anyone either then those who want to find some bliss out on the water with that perfect wave.

Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Laird Hamilton is a unique sports icon in the mold of a Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods.  …

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Large Scale Melodrama: Our Review of ‘Only The Brave’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ October 20, 2017
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Large Scale Melodrama: Our Review of ‘Only The Brave’

It takes a special kind of individual to step into the path of incoming danger, and to support those who do.

Based on a true story; Only The Brave is a heart wrenching tale of heroism that deserved to be told and is technically sound but won’t resonate beyond anything thematically as the film and the performances do wear out some familiar thematic beats in a story of this nature.

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Only The Brave is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to …

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Slushie Cinema: Our Review of ‘The Snowman’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ October 19, 2017
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Slushie Cinema: Our Review of ‘The Snowman’

Art is and always will be a very subjective thing, and not everything can turn out as intended, HOWEVER sometimes you just have to sit and marvel at how things actually ended up as this ‘snowman’ is already half melted before it even gets to the screen.

In the spirit of a crime procedural from another country that you’d watch on Netflix; The Snowman leans on some pretty goofy plot points and story beats from a script that may not have been 100% shot.  However for those who enjoy their crime procedurals without any genuine scares or mystery and just want …

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GET YOUR FRIGHT ON WITH A D FILMS HALLOWEEN PRIZE PACK!!!!

Blu-Ray/DVD, Giveaways/Contests, Movies ‐ October 18, 2017
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In all the regular business going on these days, we almost forgot that Halloween was coming up…or did we?

This is that time of year when we all love those things that go bump in the night as we get a good fright and thanks to our friends at D Films we’ve got something that will be right up your alley.  With a frighteningly fantastic five pack of films that will make you scream, jump and run for cover we’ve got your cinematic needs covered this Halloween as this pack includes a DVD of The Lazarus Effect along with Blu-Ray combo …

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ImagineNATIVE 2017: Our Review of ‘Mankiller’

Festival Coverage, ImagineNATIVE 2017, Movies ‐ October 18, 2017
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ImagineNATIVE 2017: Our Review of ‘Mankiller’

Mankiller is the story of a great American Wilma Mankiller. She is the first female that of the Cherokee Nation elected as chief in Oklahoma, United States. A person we should all aspire to be. The documentary weaves her story with that of non-Indigenous America. She did, after all since she did begin her work as an activist during the 1960s in San Francisco. When that city’s black citizens were fighting for civil rights, she joined the Panthers during its early stage. Bringing up her early work is so crucial because of its intersectional message. It makes it seem that it was …

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ImagineNATIVE 2017: Our Review of ‘Kayak to Klemtu’

Festival Coverage, ImagineNATIVE 2017, Movies ‐ October 18, 2017
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ImagineNATIVE 2017: Our Review of ‘Kayak to Klemtu’

I’m aware of the significance of a movie like Kayak to Klemtu, which centres itself around a First Nations teenager. 14-year-old Ella (Ta’Kaiya) has goals. She’s setting out on her own, in a way, taking her own nation back by exploring its natural wonders.

But Ella’s determination also means that she’s stubborn. Her goal is to travel the length of the Inside Passage in British Columbia using a kayak. Just like she and her recently passed activist uncle Dave (Evan Adams) planned to do.

Now that Dave has gone, she wants to embark on her journey to spread his ashes along the …

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ImagineNATIVE 2017: Our Review of ‘Out of State’

Festival Coverage, ImagineNATIVE 2017, Movies ‐ October 18, 2017
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ImagineNATIVE 2017: Our Review of ‘Out of State’

Good documentaries shed light on people that the mainstream regards as the other to normalize and accept them. And this documentary, Out of State, does that. There’s a lot to learn about the film’s three subjects. One of them is David, a Native Hawaiian with a face tattoo. David’s appearance and criminal past might make him a victim of derision by non-Indigenous people. However, Ciara Lacy, a fellow Native Hawaiian, directed this film for people like him.

That we can see him and one of us. The other two subjects are David’s fellow inmates at the Saguaro Correctional Facility in Arizona. Hale, …

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WIN TICKETS TO A PREMIERE SCREENING OF ‘LADY BIRD’ WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR GRETA GERWIG IN ATTENDANCE!!!

Festival Coverage, Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 ‐ October 18, 2017
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There’s nothing like a movie premiere to really get the juices pumping…

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is …

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Toronto After Dark 2017: Our Selections From Canadian Shorts

Festival Coverage, Film Festivals, Toronto After Dark 2017 ‐ October 17, 2017
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THE DROP IN
Directed by Naledi Jackson
On a night like any other, Joelle is closing up her hair salon when a mysterious visitor appears asking too many questions about her citizenship. Nothing is what it seems in this allegory on immigration and belonging.

The story is well thought out. The leads are great, and seriously kick ass. Kudos to Naledi Jackson and team for a film that works on all levels. Wish more diverse films like this one were widely screened.

Rating 3.5/5

MISSING TOES
We see a woman examining a person’s feet. This person is missing toes from both feet. Peculiar. We don’t know how …

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Toronto After Dark 2017: Our Review of ‘Defective’

Festival Coverage, Movies, Theatrical, Toronto After Dark 2017 ‐ October 17, 2017
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Toronto After Dark 2017: Our Review of ‘Defective’

Tackling genre filmmaking is always hard, and when you are working on a budget, it’s that much harder.

It’s the near future in a dystopian world gone mad that doesn’t feel like it took that long to get there, the population is controlled by television and monitors what people do and say in public.  When a brother and sister uncover the sinister government manipulation going on and the corporate influence behind it all, they find themselves on the run from a sinister robotic police force and its killer drones with only one mission; silence them by any means necessary.

Defective is a …

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