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The Sacrament

By: Addison Wylie The Sacrament is rightfully a horror movie.  A damn unsettling one at that.  The problem is the film’s promotional materials may be steering audience expectations in a direction less suited for Ti West’s latest.  There’s no camp here.  Just tragedies. In my eyes, The Sacrament is much more of a dramatic reenactment than something that is strictly here to spook you.  It’s a horror in the same way some movie goers would…

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Godzilla

By: Addison Wylie The only thing that could be more amazing than Godzilla’s timeless legacy is that Gareth Edwards was given the opportunity to direct a multi-million dollar modernized take on the creature.  Seriously, let’s all take a moment and realize how crazy and ambitious the producers had to be to invest so much trust into a filmmaker who doesn’t have a whole lot of feature film experience.  Those chancy attitudes have paid off big…

Festival Coverage

Wylie Writes @ Inside Out 2014: Who’s Tired of Vagina Wolf?

Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? (DIR. Anna Margarita Albelo) By: Addison Wylie There’s nothing more obnoxious than a movie that thinks its being clever.  Enter Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?, an indie with all the self-absorption of Michael Urie’s He’s Way More Famous Than You helmed by Anna Margarita Albelo who wishes to become Lena Dunham through eccentric styles and a hipster soundtrack. Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? has writer/director Albelo playing an exaggerated version of herself.  She’s…

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Wylie Writes @ Inside Out 2014: Oddball Comedy is Merkin Me Laugh

The Foxy Merkins (DIR. Madeleine Olnek) By: Addison Wylie Margaret (played by Lisa Haas) has taken on the life of prostitution and homelessness.  Being that she’s a lesbian, her clients are all high end females looking for a good, undisclosed time. While on her way to find a place to sleep, she meets Jo (played by Jackie Monahan).  The two hit it off almost instantly, and Jo – who’s also homeless – soon starts to show Margaret…

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Wylie Writes @ Inside Out 2014: The Impostors in a Sham

An Evening with the Impostors (DIR. Raymond Helkio) By: Addison Wylie Filmmaker Raymond Helkio takes a day-in-the-life approach and applies it to the Impostors, an all male performance group where the talent impersonate female celebrities.  Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, and Cher are among the names in their roster.  We follow the gang as they travel to Port Hope for their largest venue yet – the Captiol Theatre. While the performers remain professional with oodles of charisma, they…

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

By: Addison Wylie Seth MacFarlane is known for pushing the limits.  He practically takes over FOX every Sunday night with various animation programs that would make your parents cup their own ears.  He’s also shown his naughty side with his feature film debut hit Ted, a crass comedy about a friend and his talking – occasionally drunk and high – teddy bear. With his latest anticipated endeavour A Million Way to Die in the West, those gross-out…

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We Are The Best!

By: Addison Wylie My affection for We Are The Best! could be compared to the happiness some found in last year’s sleeper hit Good Vibrations.  Both films share the same type of optimism towards punk rock music, as well as curious characters figuring out life through the off-beat genre. Good Vibrations won many audiences over with its sentimentality.  Though the whole thing was too precious for me, I’m happy for those who found pleasing values…

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Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

By: Addison Wylie Eli Roth exploded onto the scene with Cabin Fever, a subversive backwoods horror that took a flesh-eating disease and made it as terrifying as any nightmarish creature.  It was a bizarre film with nasty visuals and a peculiar sense of humour, but everything about it was addictive. I haven’t seen Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever.  I just haven’t got around to it.  Maybe some day, but director Ti West’s distain towards his…

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Wylie Writes @ Inside Out 2014: Many Lives in One Great Doc

I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole (DIR. Jim Tushinski) By: Addison Wylie Jim Tushinski’s doc is exactly like his subject when Wakefield Poole is dancing.  The film is nimble, lovely, and tells a story.  We’re always willing to go for the ride. When it comes to the arts, Poole has nearly done it all.  He’s a dancer, a choreographer, a teacher, and has been described as a wonderful cook.  His most famous forte,…

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Web Junkie

By: Addison Wylie World of Warcraft and those who play the video game have become a punchline in pop culture.  Whether we’re overhearing teens and their strategies or watching the boys from South Park take digs at obsessive gamers, we’ve all been exposed to it one way or another. The youngsters dedicating their lifestyle to it, however, are the ones who are overexposed to the digital battles.  They get sucked in and refuse to give…