October 2016


Green Room

Green Room is unappealing – that’s a compliment.  Dishevelled characters, dingy lighting, seedy locations, and punk tunes that sound like they’ve been chewed up and spit out contribute to the stress within this thriller.


Miss Hokusai

The animation featured in Keiichi Hara’s anime Miss Hokusai is terrific.  A single cell has the ability to represent the humility and emotion of its characters, along with the imagination the film can achieve.  What’s peculiar and disappointing is how these images don’t make a cohesive film when edited together.


The Violin Teacher

The Violin Teacher is a conflicting feature.  The music is beautiful and the message is inspiring, but the story’s pace constantly swings back and forth from tight captivation to a sluggish crawl.  Sérgio Machado’s film is both the most uplifting film I’ve seen lately, and the most boring.


Lights Out

Lights Out, really, only has two good scares.  And, you saw both of them in the previews.  Despite that, there’s something about David F. Sandberg’s harmless horror flick that warms me over nonetheless.

Festival Coverage

Toronto After Dark 2016: ‘The Lure’ and ‘The Void’

The Lure (DIR. Agnieszka Smoczynska) Often, a film that has a convoluted plot is trying to hide the fact that it has nothing else going for it.  Thus, it is absolutely understandable if someone were to question whether or not to see a Polish horror-musical about a pair of human-eating mermaid sisters who work in a cabaret show, partially based on the original Hans Christian Andersen version of “The Little Mermaid”.  Thankfully, Agnieszka Smoczynska’s The Lure is…

Festival Coverage

Toronto After Dark 2016: ‘The Master Cleanse’ and ‘The Rezort’

The Master Cleanse (DIR. Bobby Miller) The Master Cleanse is such a small film, it’s easy to see why it would slip under someone’s radar.  It’s 79 minutes long, contains a seemingly underdeveloped plot, and the film doesn’t seem to provide much in way of cultural presence.  This is why Bobby Miller’s movie was such a pleasant surprise – it was so endearing.