LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! A lighthearted and predictably silly take on Le Fanu’s Carmilla that is heavy on cheesecake and light on horror.


Posted on July 20, 2009 by

IP MAN

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! An even and compelling balance between jaw-dropping action and heart-wrenching drama.


Posted on July 13, 2009 by

CANADIAN CLASSICKS: PORKY’S (1982)

Canadian Classicks is a look at some of the gems and turds from the so-called “tax shelter period,” when the Canadian government introduced new laws in an effort to boost domestic film production.
This week’s entry looks back to the teen sex comedy “Porky’s” – technically, the highest grossing Canadian film of all time.



Posted on June 22, 2009 by

CANADIAN CLASSICKS: “GINGER SNAPS”…AGAIN AND AGAIN

Canadian Classicks is a look at some of the gems and turds from the so-called “tax shelter period,” when the Canadian government introduced new laws in an effort to boost domestic film production.
This week’s entry traces the legacy of how Ginger snapped a second and third time.



Posted on June 8, 2009 by

THE WAY WE GET BY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

This documentary about volunteer “troop greeters” manages to be extremely moving without ever feeling exploitative.


Posted on June 5, 2009 by

CANADIAN CLASSICKS: GINGER SNAPS (2000)

Canadian Classicks is a look at some of the gems and turds from the so-called “tax shelter period,” when the Canadian government introduced new laws in an effort to boost domestic film production.
This weeks column checks out a clever modern revision of the werewolf archetype.



Posted on June 1, 2009 by

CANADIAN CLASSICKS: FAST COMPANY (1979)

Canadian Classicks is a look at some of the gems and turds from the so-called “tax shelter period,” when the Canadian government introduced new laws in an effort to boost domestic film production.
This week’s entry checks out an oddball early work in the very odd career of David Cronenberg.



Posted on May 26, 2009 by

CANADIAN CLASSICKS: VISITING HOURS (1982)

Canadian Classicks is a look at some of the gems and turds from the so-called “tax shelter period,” when the Canadian government introduced new laws in an effort to boost domestic film production. This week’s entry checks out the Canuck slasher flick, “Visiting Hours,” starring Michael Ironside at his menacing best.



Posted on May 18, 2009 by

CANADIAN CLASSICKS: L’INITIATION

Canadian Classicks is a look at some of the gems and turds from the so-called “tax shelter period,” when the Canadian government introduced new laws in an effort to boost domestic film production. This week’s entry looks at a trademark release of the subgenre titled “maple syrup porn” – French Québec’s own go at the sexploitation film in the late ’60s/early ’70s.



Posted on May 11, 2009 by

CANADIAN CLASSICKS: CUBE

Canadian Classicks is a look at some of the gems and turds from the so-called “tax shelter period,” when the Canadian government introduced new laws in an effort to boost domestic film production. But it is also a general celebration of Canadian genre film, including more recent efforts like Vincenzo Natali’s sci-fi-horror-thriller mash-up, “Cube”…



Posted on May 4, 2009 by

CANADIAN CLASSICKS: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE

Canadian Classicks is a look at some of the gems and turds from the so-called “tax shelter period,” when the Canadian government introduced new laws in an effort to boost domestic film production. If last week’s choice, “Rituals,” represented one of the best examples of Canadian horror filmmaking. This week’s choice is easily one of the worst…



Posted on April 27, 2009 by

CANADIAN CLASSICKS: RITUALS

Canadian Classicks is a look at some of the gems and turds from the so-called “tax shelter period,” when the Canadian government introduced new laws in an effort to boost domestic film production. For the first installment of this new column, I revisit what’s considered by many to be a certifiable classic: 1977’s “Rituals.”



Posted on April 20, 2009 by

DETROIT METAL CITY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104 minutes

Adapted from the popular cult manga by Kiminori Wakasugi, Toshio Lee’s “Detroit Metal City” is a colourful, campy and very funny ode to following your dreams, even if they don’t turn out the way you’d initially expected…


Posted on November 12, 2008 by

REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Only time will tell whether “REPO!” can live up to its cult potential, but the potential is most definitely there…


Posted on November 8, 2008 by

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 124 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! For a film that is principally about death, the conclusion is surprisingly life-affirming, especially coming from Kaufman…


Posted on October 26, 2008 by

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