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Articles by Addison Wylie

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What Jennifer Did

Documentarian Jenny Popplewell returns to true crime with her latest film, What Jennifer Did.  Finding a comfortable balance between a conventional format (talking heads, unsettling nighttime B-roll) and the resourceful surveillance storytelling she exhibited in Netflix’s American Murder: The Family Next Door, Popplewell recounts the details of a disturbing attempted double murder, while also dissecting its police procedural.

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Wicked Little Letters

The scandal at the centre of Britain’s dark comedy Wicked Little Letters – mail addressed from an anonymous source that uses risqué language – seems petty in comparison to the waves of crime procedurals at-home audiences educate themselves on weekly. But as naïve as the crime may appear to be, the controversy spoke to the times and ignited much needed awareness around inequality.

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Good Burger 2

I liked Good Burger 2, but it also feels like it was made for me and, maybe like, ten other people.  Good Burger 2 is the sequel to its 1997 predecessor, which began as a recurring sketch on Nickelodeon’s variety show All That.  Milking nostalgia is a current trend, but when does it become too much of an inside joke?

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Someone Like You

Faith-based movies don’t really bother me.  They speak to a specific crowd, and drive home values that make those movie goers comfortable.  If the films strike a discord in the messaging, the filmmaking is usually so hokey that the movies are easy to ignore.  The odd exception exists (Unplanned, 2019’s worst movie) but, otherwise, these movies are like water off a duck’s back.  Fickle faith-based movies, on the other hand….

Festival Coverage

Canadian Film Fest ’24: Daughter of the Sun

When I wrote about Ryan Ward’s directorial feature debut Son of the Sunshine, I was humbled by the filmmaker’s response to my unenthused review.  I had labeled his film as “maple syrup melancholy”, a term I coined to encompass Canada’s ongoing trend of churning out depressing, empty movies.  I thought the term was clever, Ward didn’t think so.  The Canadian writer/director advised that, while disliking a movie and its motives is fine, labelling art can…

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Canadian Film Fest ’24: Place of Bones

Movie goers may instantly attribute Audrey Cummings’ Place of Bones with fellow westerns, but theatre aficionados may lean more towards low-end productions with sloppy offerings.  As someone who finds themselves in the intersection of both groups, Place of Bones pulls me towards my fellow theatre nerds and that, well, sucks.

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Riddle of Fire

Riddle of Fire is a remarkable feature debut from writer/director Weston Razooli for a number of reasons, ranging from visual flare to its irreverent and hilarious sense of humour. However, the most memorable feat of the film is its pristine ability to portray childhood in a genuine way that transports the audience back to a time where boundless make-believe was a daily activity. What’s even more impressive is Razooli’s restraint to not call attention to…