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2016 Victoria Film Festival 

Fri, Feb 12th 8:45pm

The Vic Theatre

808 Douglas St,
Victoria, BC

The movie Girl in the Photographs fondly recalls films like Halloween in its no holds barred approach to possibly reigniting the slasher genre. This detail makes this film worth noting. It’s directed by Nick Simon, a relative newcomer to the scene and it was the last movie that Wes Craven (Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street) had his hands on as an executive producer. Most of his films have a trademark style to them and while it’s sad he’s passed on, the lessons Simon learned will most likely carry on in the next projects he works on within the horror film genre.

2016 Victoria Film Festival 

Fri, Feb 12, 6pm
Sun, Feb 14, 4pm

The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas St,
Victoria, BC

In 2014, the Albertan punk-metal-country band The Smalls reunited for a true farewell tour and for directors Trevor Smith and John Kerr, they nicely captured the rawness and love Western Canada has for this group in their documentary The Smalls: Forever is a Long Time. Through candid interviews with the band and industry observers, viewers come to understand where each member has come from, where are they now, and why they decided to perform one last time. Whatever the reason was behind the break-up, the explanations are alluded to instead of spelling it out point-blank.

Fans of minimalist horror will love what’s created in a simple tale of terror, It Follows and to find where it will screen next requires carefully paying attention to this movie’s own Facebook page for where it will play next.

Students of the occult will want to figure out what the entity is and to figure out what the monster represents can be studied in film analysis class but is any of the above really needed at all? Most likely not, but in a film that certainly delves into themes about sexual awakening, this tribute to 80’s sentimentality certainly delivers the thrills in an effective manner that even John Carpenter would approve of.

9:45pm Feb 10
Odeon Theatre

The art of free-falling as an extreme sport can be dangerous. When done right, the euphoria experienced might be like that of experiencing heaven shine upon one’s face like a bright sparkling diamond. Sunshine Superman is an aptly titled documentary about Carl Boenish, the father of BASE jumping. His work in the 70’s and 80’s helped further interest amongst the masses, and the challenges he faced typically meant disobeying the law. Not everyone in enforcement liked the idea of miscreants breaking into buildings or climbing high mountaintops only to leap off it.

The Victoria Film Festival returns for another year with a wide collection of films, thrillers and chillers for film-buffs, heavy metal and comedy enthusiasts to enjoy. Ron James of Black Fly and Mark McKinney of Kids in the Hall fame will be here to talk about their careers, For McKinney, a screening of the classic Brain Candy, follows afterwards. The shenanigans begin 11:30am on both days, Feb 7th and 8th.

[VFF '13] Welcome to the Suicide Shop

Friday, 15 February 2013 21:14
Published in Movie Reviews

Au contraire, despite the dark theme of exploring how human life is disposed of one at a time, the movie Le Magasin des Suicide (Suicide Shop) is not without some charms. The character of Alain (voiced by Kacey Mottet Klein), the son of Mishima (Bernard Alane) and Matilyn Tuvache (Isabelle Giami), is what makes this film. He came bursting into a world full of despair, and he has a much healthier outlook on life than anyone else in his family, or society for that matter. 

[VFF '13] Finding Role Models with Wonder Women!

Friday, 08 February 2013 21:21
Published in Movie Reviews

Trina Robbins is just one of the many artists and writers who appeared in the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. With her contemporaries, they talk about gender roles in the world of comic books and popular culture. But for those readers unfamiliar with her name, she was part of the underground comix movement, having worked on Wimmen's Comix for numerous years. But in more familiar circles, she is known as the co-creator of the character Vampirella. 

[VFF '13] Finding Cinematic Art in Mars et Avril

Friday, 08 February 2013 20:27
Published in Movie Reviews

The movie Mars et Avril (Mars and April) is visually stunning in a jazz-era inspired kind of way. It blends a world straight out of Blade Runner with props that belong to the 30’s. That also includes the strange instruments that the elderly Jacob Obus (Jacques Languirand) uses to perform his music with. They look like a cross between a bagpipe, a female appendage and a saxophone. As for how it gets played, Obus has to put his entire breath into it.

[VFF '13] Defining crazy with Lunarcy!?

Friday, 08 February 2013 18:50
Published in Movie Reviews

Lunarcy! is a quirky documentary with a great soundtrack by Christopher Sandes. It helps give this product a personality that is not only humourous but also serious. But as this film builds to a revelation, perhaps what this movie reveals last should have been mentioned first. That would have helped give this film a distinct focus than to present a series of anecdotes from people far too preoccupied with the Moon.

The biopic Hannah Arendt is certainly a product that will cause discussion afterwards. She’s a woman ahead of her time. As a philosopher/political theorist who coined the phrase, “banality of evil,” some people may have wondered what did she mean by that? The phrase appeared when she reported about the trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann for the The New Yorker. The lead-up and fallout from that article is at the center of this film.

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