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Paradox

Netflix is a juggernaut of content, and they’re still breaking the mould.  Just take Daryl Hannah’s Paradox, for instance.  Who could’ve guessed the streaming service could turn your living room into a snooty arthouse theatre?  That’s a flippant comment but, boy, is Paradox excruciatingly smug.  How do you rate or review this movie?  Is this even a movie?

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Crackerhead

I like Crackerhead, but this latest experimental experience from filmmaker Mike Klassen is making me sweat – it’s a tough movie to review if you can’t crack through Klassen’s poker face.  The film’s flippant facade has anarchy written all over it, but the drive behind Klassen’s directorial decisions and stylistic storytelling suggests a deeper, poignant project.

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Manifesto

The craft of brilliant costume designers and make-up artists can transform the most recognizable actors into strangers.  Such is the case for Manifesto, a one-woman-show featuring two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett portraying 13 different roles.  Of course, the production is also lucky to have one of the greatest living actors at the forefront.  However, what Manifesto also displays is that sometimes the best artists overshoot their target.

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9 Days with Cambria

9 Days with Cambria is sold as an experiment in character development and storytelling.  It tells the story of a young woman by the name of Cambria, who was once raped by her boyfriend-at-the-time which led to their breakup and her worsened mental state.  In more competent hands, this could have been an inquisitive work, but in the hands of directors Mike Klassen (Abolition) and Jason Armstrong, the final product is at best inconsequential and at…

Festival Coverage

ReFrame 2016: ‘OutSideIn’

The ReFrame Film Festival couldn’t wait to begin.  On Thursday, January 28, the festival held an exclusive sold-out Ontario premiere of Anne Troake’s OutSideIn, an experimental 3D film that featured choreography in its rawest form from two partially nude performers (Carol Prieur and Bill Coleman).

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TIFF 2015: ‘She Stoops to Conquer’

By: Addison Wylie TIFF’s short film programmes have always featured creative work made by gifted people. This year, Peterborough born filmmaker Zack Russell is one of those people. She Stoops to Conquer marks Russell’s filmmaking debut, but he couldn’t be farther from being a beginner. His sweeping theatre experience has allowed Russell to gradually learn how to communicate with actors, how to block a scene, and how to understand the emotions behind a playwright’s work. After watching…

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Wylie Writes @ Inside Out 2014: Experimental/Egotistical

Masculinity/Femininity (DIR. Russell Sheaffer) By: Addison Wylie It’s so limited, but it interrupts the whole filmmaking process.  It’s not a steady stream of consciousness as much as some of the performers would like it to be.  It kind of breaks it up. That’s a quote from someone describing super 8 film in Masculinity/Femininity.  A format of film so cumbersome, it would take an ambitious individual to want to shoot on it to make a modern movie….

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NY Export: Opus Jazz

By: Addison Wylie I’m all for art taking different forms.  Art doesn’t necessarily always have to contain deeper meanings.  In the case of NY Export: Opus Jazz, having the intentions of emulating a classier time of musical cinema in a modern world is perfectly fine. However, when the featured silenced dancers show this much talent and capability as they do in NY Export: Opus Jazz, it’s hard not to expect something more than “just dancing”…