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God Help the Girl

By: Addison Wylie God Help the Girl matches the sweetness of its leading female Emily Browning.  It’s also a film that has allowed the actress to let her hair down, or at least style it into a bob. Browning has shown glimpses of how great of an actress she could become.  However, she attracts roles that have her looking forlorn in dreary circumstances.  As far as I know, God Help the Girl is her first…

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Happy Slapping

By: Addison Wylie Happy Slapping is a movie that slowly won me over.  It’s a film that’s difficult to get used to, but I’m glad I finally did. That said, I am torn.  Despite my surprised reaction, Christos Sourligas’ film is something I can’t outright endorse.  At least, not without a few warnings and reservations because of how it was conceived and how it ultimately looks on screen. You may have heard of Happy Slapping…

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Going In and Coming Out: Frontera

By: Anthony King GOING IN: I think it’s fair to say that any big Movie Buff – or whatever they refer to themselves as – likes all genres of film.  They’ll dance during a musical, cry for a rom-com, and even read subtitles for a foreign film.  I, for one, consider myself in this category but if I had to pick one genre as my least favourite or the one I tend to avoid, it…

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Delivery

By: Addison Wylie Delivery isn’t funny ha-ha, which you would think would be problematic in a documentary showcasing four levelheaded guys challenging themselves to take a one-night stab at stand-up comedy.  However, the film itself is more amusing in an endearing way. Sean Menard, Shane Cunningham, Bert van Lierop, and Mark Myers (who also serves as the film’s writer/director, and may be familiarized by his former Much Music title ‘Mark the Temp’) make a pact…

Festival Coverage

Affective and Absurd: A Toronto Youth Shorts Preview

The Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival is a terrific way for young filmmakers to enter the scene.  It’s a festival run by responsible believers who maintain faith in future generations of storytellers. The film festival has also given hard-working individuals a deserving premiere in an appreciated Toronto-bound theatrical venue.  The awards ceremony is an added bonus to those seeking genuine recognition, as well as constructive criticism by a panel of educated peers. This year, movie…

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Coherence

By: Addison Wylie In the first Back to the Future film, Marty McFly straps on a guitar, turns to a baffled band, and says, “watch for the changes, and try to keep up, okay?”  With Coherence, filmmaker James Ward Byrkit is the rascally McFly, and I’m standing on the stage looking absolutely perplexed.  It’s because no matter how hard you try to keep up, Byrkit constantly has us on our toes.  Great Scott! Ironically enough,…

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Video Games: The Movie

By: Addison Wylie Gamers are a smart brand of people and consumers.  As much as Video Games: The Movie believes in that notion, filmmaker Jeremy Snead’s patronizing presentation suggests otherwise. Many can pitch the argument that gazing into a monitor and playing video games wastes you away, but the hypervigilance that is developing amongst nimble younger generations has older fans impressed.  Those veterans are also admiring how the industry has brought players together, and how…

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Honeymoon

By: Addison Wylie Bea and Paul are that cute couple you wish to never go out to dinner with.  They’re not terrible people or arrogant, they’re just overwhelmingly in love.  They’re those newlyweds who have cute nicknames for each other and always have an enamoured smile plastered on.  On the car ride home, you’re significant other would turn to you and say, “They were nice. We should be more like them.” Maybe that’s why I…

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Metro Manila

By: Addison Wylie Metro Manila took me on quite the emotional rollercoaster.  At first, I was skeptical.  By the end, I was clutching the edge of my seat and anticipating filmmaker Sean Ellis’ next move. Let’s start at the beginning.  Those initial weary sensations were drawn from how Ellis envisioned impoverished areas of the Philippines.  Without a moment’s notice, the filmmaker hurls us into the damp streets alongside the Ramirez family.  Times are tougher than…

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Heaven Is for Real

By: Addison Wylie Heaven Is for Real is – so far – my favourite recent faith-based flick in a year full of religion centric movies.  It’s mild-mannered and shoots for attainable goals, which makes Randall Wallace’s movie all the more amiable.  Another major plus is how there’s no preachy hidden agenda detailing the motivations of the movie.  Religion serves as a prominent theme in Heaven Is for Real, but its only to add depth to…