March 2016

Festival Coverage

Canadian Film Festival ’16: Chasing Valentine

There is no bigger proponent of Canadian cinema than myself.  If a film really captures me, I’ll go out of my way to champion it.  Low budget, undetectable indies sometimes need that extra push.  However, no matter if the film is big or small, if the end result is wildly inconsistent, I have to throw in the towel.  Case in point: Navin Ramaswaran’s shockingly inept Chasing Valentine.



When I had an interest in reviewing Toronah, filmmaker and Wild Wing founder Rick Smiciklas insisted I watch a season of his reality TV show Wingmen before jumping into his feature film debut.  I agreed, and watched the first season on iTunes (which I liked despite its forgetful narrative).


Life Off Grid

Jonathan Taggart’s bare-bones documentary about people disconnected from electric or natural gas infrastructure has a loose, unpolished feel.  It’s a fitting accompaniment to an exploration of people who live in a way that many of us would find bafflingly inconvenient.


The Clan

People are fully capable of great evil.  This seems to be a frequent moral that is being used lately in South American cinema.  Of course, when the real, non-cinematic world is full of unimaginable horror, filmmakers refuse to ignore.


About Scout

About Scout could’ve gone in the wrong direction, but it doesn’t.  Despite following a “to do” list of quirky indie things with precocious characters who have been schooled by Juno Technical Institute, there’s a consistent sincerity that never failed to smitten.