Shifting The Genre: Our Review of ‘XX’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ February 17, 2017
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Shifting The Genre: Our Review of ‘XX’

Even when you do everything right, the end results can still be a little…tricky.

While XX does put a fresh spin on the horror genre that can easily get tired by having an anthology with segments all helmed by women and all starring women it still falls into the standard anthology film traps as some segments standout head and shoulders above some of the others.

Broken into four segments with a standard wrap around, the anthology format of filmmaking always invariably ends up getting judged by each individual segment so we’ll break it down as such.

The Box directed by Jovanka Vuckovic (who …

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Building a Mediocrity: Our Review of ‘The Great Wall’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ February 17, 2017
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Building a Mediocrity: Our Review of ‘The Great Wall’

Something is lost in translation in The Great Wall, a joint Chinese-American would-be blockbuster bash featuring Matt Damon and other attractive people fighting monsters. The premise seems perfectly simple and satisfying on paper, but that’s all there is here. At least with the North American version.

What starts fairly quickly with a massive medieval siege of the Great Wall of China, as human warriors defends themselves against a horde of green, carnivorous beasts, dissolves into something dull. It’s both disappointing and surprising. After an exciting first half hour, there is but sixty minutes left, and the story told is trite and …

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Down The Demented Rabbit Hole: Our Review of ‘A Cure For Wellness’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ February 17, 2017
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Down The Demented Rabbit Hole: Our Review of ‘A Cure For Wellness’

There’s something pretty perverse in taking pleasure in the impending shit storm that you know you are about to stir up.

Out in theatres now; A Cure For Wellness is not what you would call a structurally good film but it’s one where you can’t help but marvel in how batshit crazy it actually is.

Living in a world of eat or be eaten, ambitious young executive (Dane DeHaan) is on top of the Wall Street world, or so he thinks.  After a meeting with some of his companies most intimidating power brokers,  is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an …

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OH CANADA!!!! WIN DOUBLE PASSES TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING OF ‘BEFORE I FALL’!!

Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Theatrical ‐ February 15, 2017
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Life lessons from the angst of youth still ring eternal to this day no matter our age.

Before I Fall is the story of Sam (Zoey Deutch) who seemed to have everything a teenage girl could want; popularity, a hot boyfriend, fun friends, loving family and at least on the outside what seems to be a happy existence, however beyond the superficial, Sam’s life wasn’t so charmed.  Her clique of mean girls made life hellish at school for anyone a little different from them but fate intercedes and when she’s killed in a car accident on the way home from a …

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On The Job Training: A Few Minutes with Mark O’Brien as we talk about ‘Arrival’

Blu-Ray/DVD, Interviews, Movies ‐ February 15, 2017
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As much things change, they certainly stay the same.

Most people will know Canadian actor Mark O’Brien from shows like Republic of Doyle and a variety of Canadian indie projects, however now he steps into the limelight with his role in the Academy Award nominated hit Arrival that is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, On Demand and even still playing in a handful of select theatres.

We got the chance to sit down to talk a little about his experiences on set, the similarities between the big and large budget productions that he has got to be a part of, being an …

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WALK RIGHT UP TO ‘THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN’ FOR A CHANCE TO WIN IT ON BLU-RAY!!!!

Blu-Ray/DVD, Giveaways/Contests, Movies ‐ February 14, 2017
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The growing pains of youth are like no other.

The Edge of Seventeen takes us to the life and times of high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) who is hitting her peak period of awkwardness with simply no idea where to turn when her all-star in every way of an older brother (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best and only friend in the world Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).  Nadine now feels more alone then she has ever been, that is until an unexpected admirer (Hayden Szeto) and her acerbic teacher (Woody Harrelson) give her the glimmer of hope that life just …

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Beat by Beat: A Few Minutes with Jim Jarmusch, Director of ‘Paterson’

Interviews ‐ February 14, 2017
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Jim Jarmusch wanted to create the cinematic equivalent of a poem. The beats and rhythms are poetic, and the main character, while a poet himself, follows a routine from one day to the next, with minor variations.

Whatever it all means if up to you.

While Jarmusch had the idea for Paterson, his latest tale starring Adam Driver, for some time, for whatever reason or reasons it never came to be. It wasn’t until he finished up Only Lovers Left Alive that this ten-year-old story came to fruition. “When I finished Only Lovers, I had the script for Paterson, and thought, ‘okay …

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TORONTO!!! THE LADIES OF HORROR ARE HITTING THE CARLTON WITH ‘XX’ AND WE’VE GOT TICKETS!!!

Giveaways/Contests, Theatrical ‐ February 13, 2017
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It’s time to embrace a twist on a classic set up.

XX is the horror anthology but it’s an all female horror anthology featuring new work from Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin and Jovanka Vuckovic.  It’s female directors with female leads and the rest is simply up to their twisted imaginations…

In a genre that gets tired easier than most, XX is a shot in the arm as the ladies bring real female characters to the genre with a fresh look and some great energy and thanks to our friends at Unobstructed View we have a pair of tickets to give …

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‘What’s Streaming?’ Gets Into ‘The Suburban Dead’ With ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ S1E1

Netflix, TV, What's Streaming? ‐ February 10, 2017
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‘What’s Streaming?’ Gets Into ‘The Suburban Dead’ With ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ S1E1

There’s a cycle that happens in popular culture when a genre takes off.  What follows is a series of copies which eventually gives way to some form of satire.  Take The Walking Dead for example, a juggernaut of a hit television show that single-handedly reanimated the zombie genre.  It gave birth to a prequel, various imitators and now, inevitably a satirical take on zombies, namely Santa Carita Diet, a new series from Netflix.

Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are the typical suburban couple with the white picket fence, a teenage daughter and careers as realtors.  Their most trying problems …

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Loss and Love: Our Review of ‘Dancer’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ February 10, 2017
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Loss and Love: Our Review of ‘Dancer’
  • Release Date: 2/10/2017

Dance to me runs the gamut of Cage/Cunningham and So You Think You Can Dance. Set pieces, costumes, experimental movement. Sergei Polunin runs against that. He’s the dancer profiled in, well, Steven Cantor’s Dancer, and is harder to judge because of my subjective baggage. He belongs to to my generation and shares my generation’s indulgences. Yet he can’t help but represent the old guard that trained him. Anguish seeps into his expressions once in a while but otherwise he dances with clean lines, his limbs moving effortlessly.

People who write about ballet call Polunin the greatest of his generation. It’s a title that makes me grapple …

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