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A Dog’s Purpose

By: Nick Ferwerda A Dogs Purpose tries to demonstrate how strong a bond between man and man’s friend can truly be.  It’s also about a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) finding what its life purpose is over the course of multiple lives and many different experiences.  It’s odd how five screenwriters (including W. Bruce Cameron – the author of the best-selling book this film is based on) have failed to authenticate characters or emotion – it’s all a…

Movie Lists

The Best Movies of 2016

All eyes may be on Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, or any of the other Oscar darlings, but 2016 offered a lot of other great movies.  Below are Wylie Writes’ top picks;  don’t forget to click the highlighted titles to read each contributor’s review!

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.

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Wylie Writes’ 2016 Mid-Year Report

We’re halfway through the year, which means it’s time for Wylie Writes’ recap of the best and the worst films of 2016.  Sometimes, these early gems fall through the cracks once Oscar season rolls around.  Let these choices remind you which films you should still check out, and which movies should stay unnoticed on your moviegoing radar.

Festival Coverage

Hot Docs 2016: ‘The Pearl of Africa’ and ‘Putuparri and the Rainmakers’

The Pearl of Africa (DIR. Jonny von Wallström) By: Shannon Page Director Jonny von Wallström’s first full-length documentary is the story of Cleopatra Kambugu, a transgender woman living in Uganda who is forced to leave her country after a bill is passed making her gender identity punishable by life in prison or even execution.  The Pearl of Africa follows Cleo as she travels from Uganda to Thailand for sex reassignment surgery.

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Hot Docs 2016: ‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’ and ‘Off the Rails’

Bobby Sands: 66 Days (DIR. Brendan Byrne) By: Shannon Page Bobby Sands, a member of the Irish Republican Army, was only twenty-seven years old when he died in prison in 1981 after refusing food for 66 days.  Sands was the first of ten IRA prisoners to die as the result of a hunger strike in protest of their status as regular criminals, as opposed to political prisoners.