Jamie Elizabeth Sampson

Festival Coverage

Toronto After Dark 2017: ‘Defective’

Filmmaker Reese Eveneshen seems to be his own worst enemy with his latest project Defective.  On one hand, on a limited budget, he’s developed Toronto into a nameless city living in a convincing dystopia.  The visuals are on par with the works of Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium).  However, Eveneshen’s overwritten screenplay becomes so convoluted, it reaches a point of no return.

Festival Coverage

Canadian Film Festival ’16: Dead Rush

The arrival of Dead Rush’s world premiere at this year’s Canadian Film Fest came at a coincidental time.  On April 8, Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore Henry hits theatres.  Both films are very good genre flicks that position the viewer in the lead character’s perspective.  As far as which film has a cleaner landing though, Dead Rush has the edge.


Pete Winning and the Pirates: The Motion Picture

By: Addison Wylie UPDATE: This review was written for the film’s premiere in December 2015.  Pete Winning and the Pirates: The Motion Picture hits Amazon Prime and DVD on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Pete Winning and the Pirates: The Motion Picture receives its Canadian premiere at Toronto’s The Royal Cinema on December 4th.  After that, I’m not too sure what the plans are for its open release.  I’m hoping it’ll be easy to seek out because, like lost…