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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

[VFF '14] "We are the Best!" ~ A Movie Review

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Based off Never Goodnight, a Swedish graphic novel written by Coco Moodyson, We Are the Best! is a movie that looks at the lives of three girls who are coming of age. Two of them, Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara(Mira Grosin) decide to form a punk rock band, and they think that by declaring their independence now will help them survive in the future. They bring Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) into the fold, and although she slightly resists, her freedom doesn’t arrive until she’s rightly initiated.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 00:00

"The Creeper," A Video Review

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When four snooty gals declare independence from men because of all the wrongs they've done to them, perhaps the big question they should ask themselves is what do they have to gain by targeting a less than bright fellow on a social media site called ConnectMeNet? In the movie Creeper, a film that mixes in grindhouse, exploitation and survival horror into one product, the big question is who is stalking and preying on whom?

Writer/Director/Cinematographer Matthew Gunnoe does a very good job in writing a story about the dangers of social media/dating websites designed for supposedly 'consenting' adults. It's not a topic often explored. Although this made-for-video product will require a repeated viewing to get that message, the hints are very sublime. He also takes a poke at all the sinful joys of watching reality television programs.

Friday, 24 January 2014 00:00

What's "I, Frankenstein"? A Movie Review

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The Modern Prometheus has issues and some of that gets explored in I, Frankenstein. While this film tries to follow after the events from Mary Shelley’s masterpiece novel, Frankenstein, the events do not continue in that universe. The tale and focus shifts to that of a comic book one, completely toned down by writer/director Stuart Beattie for a general PG-13 rated audience to enjoy. Fans of the graphic novel of the same name most likely will appreciate this film more.

Charles Darwin might not survive naming the horrors found in Blood Glacier (Blutgletscher), an Austrian film by writer Benjamin Hessler and director Marvin Kren. Together, they are known for films like Rammbock (2010) and Schautag (2009). If his last film is any indication, perhaps this filmmaker has a fondness for creating terrors formed by viruses. In the Alps, just what may lurk underneath the snow is definitely not the abominable snowman! Instead, as the title implies, there’s a glacier that is shrinking and revealing a red like algae that’s going to spell doom for the scientists studying the effects of climate change.

Anyone daring to see the first two movies from the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy of films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz before going to see the latest, The World's End, might get a brain freeze. The final film of this series opened with high-spirited laughs and plenty of charm that only the amazing collaborative team of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost can do. Their unique take on the horror, comedy and sci-fi genre is laced with a charm that examines the human condition about what it takes to feel alive, a common theme in this trio of films.

Saturday, 17 August 2013 01:43

Delving into the World of "Kick Ass 2," A Movie Review

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Three long years feels like a long time for some whoopin to return. Kick-Ass 2 picks up from where the first film left off, and fans of the Die Hard trilogy or the comics that the film is inspired from will find more fun with this flick than a general audience. They will see a bunch of wannabe heroes go John McClain upon the scum of all villainy. The only question here is whether or not these heroes can rise above what they have become. Are they more like characters similar to Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) or are they good people underneath?

A little character explanation is found as each new hero explains why they have turned vigilante and this film is interesting as it tries to explain what a world can be like without heroes. It's a sorry one; not all criminals can be caught and someone has to deal with them.

The Conjuring is moody and suspenseful film from the get go. It's not the perfect film worth the price of full admission, but at second tier cinemas, the six dollars spent is worthwhile to get a modest scare.

Creator/Director James Wan has finally earned his wings by creating an effective horror-thriller with The Conjuring. Not only does this movie give viewers a taste of some old school methods of invoking fear ala Robert Wise's The Haunting and William Friedkin's The Exorcist, but it also shows audiences what techniques were used in paranormal investigation back in the day. The 70's was a ripe era for the best horror films to emerge. Flash forward to the 2010s, this filmmaker has finally found a style that works for demanding fans.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 22:31

Behind the Scenes & The Future of "Jackhammer the Movie!"

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Jackhammer the movie is one of those oddball comedies that needs to be seen to be believed. It delves into the world of male stripping, and not many films tread into this particular territory.

This product made its big screen debut at the Victoria Film Festival ‘13 and for the people involved, they want to let this product loose to the world in more ways than one, even months after this show.

Mike Hanus wrote the original treatment and he brought the idea to the fore after working with Guy Christie in another film called "Sweet Amerika,” by R. Paul Dhillon. The two fine-tuned the product and was very receptive to changes even during filming by cast and crew alike.

Sunday, 07 April 2013 19:25

Evaluating Fede Alvarez's "Evil Dead"

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Even though Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell gave their seal of approval and produced Fede Alvarez's re-imagining of Evil Dead, is the new product worthy of the name? A few concepts from the original are preserved and for fans of blood, guts and gore, this movie certainly delivers with some fantastic practical effects. While Raimi's product has an underlying sense of humour, the other does not. As for how it well it will satisfy the fans, purists or not, that's a debate no body can truly answer. It'd be like asking whose vision is better.

Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:00

Dark Skies Need to be Darker

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Either the Barrett family is haunted or the house they are living in is a beacon for dark entities to come flocking to. The movie trailer suggests a problem at this home when three different flocks of birds decide to come crashing here. Fortunately, this movie is not about aliens looking for Nazca Lines to guide them to home, but instead, this film looks at urban Middle American style family and all the complexities involved in trying to survive in a depressive economic age.

Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

[VFF '13] The Future for Jackhammer and a Review

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Jackhammer is one of those comedic homage movies that plies its trade well. It looks at the world of adult entertainment (male stripping) and has fun with it. The humour is at times lowbrow, and it works. The writing team crafted a very good tale about two estranged brothers not only reconnecting with each other but also with life. 

Friday, 15 February 2013 21:14

[VFF '13] Welcome to the Suicide Shop

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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. 

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