Category: Screen

THIS IS NORTH PRESTON: First Look at Trailer For Canadian Film Festival Closer

Jaren Hayman's documentary This is North Preston is all set to close this year's edition of the Canadian Film Festival here in Toronto on March 29th. His look at the city of North Preston, Halifax, Nova Scotia, the oldest and largest black community here in Canada, may prove to be a sobering but important film.    At first occupied by three waves of freed slaves, refugees and migrants between the American Revolution and the War of 1812 the community in Halifax still experiences its share of hardships and struggles to this day.    North Preston is the largest black community in the country and started as a safe haven for escaped slaves but has more recently been painted as one of the biggest hubs of…

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Tribeca 2019 Full Lineup Hits

It has already been announced that Roger Ross Williams’s (of Life, Animated and God Loves Uganda fame) will be opening NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival 2019 edition with his latest doc The Apollo about the eponymous

Gasparilla International Film Festival Announces 2019 Feature Film Lineup

The Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) is proud to announce the dynamic 2019 Feature Film Competition Lineup. The festival includes U.S., international and documentary features, as well as other programming, to kick-off its 13th year! The 2019 Suncoast

Blu-ray Review: KALIFORNIA is Kinda Kool

Directed by Dominic Sena (Swordfish, Gone in 60 Seconds) and written by Tim Metcalfe (Bones, Fright Night Part 2, The Haunting in Connecticut) with Stephen Levy, Kalifornia is essentially a snapshot of the early 1990s. The film centers on a cute creative couple that feel something is missing in their lives, and so wish to go to California to liven up their work lives.  Carrie, played by Michelle Forbes (True Blood, Escape From LA, 24) is a photographer who specializes in edgy black-and-white nudes and fetish shots, is the type of strong, take-no-shit woman who embodies the cultural shift that '90s ladies did — a precursor to the Riot Grrls in black leather boots and red lipstick with an empowered view. Her boyfriend Brian, played…

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Friday One Sheet: HAIL SATAN?

Leaving neon behind for a spell, and focusing on the dark lord himself, this week’s key art is from Penny Lane’s documentary that focuses on the religious group, The Satanic Temple. Hail Satan? still cheekily

HELLBOY Red Band Trailer Literally Showers In Blood

Neil Marshall has been so busy with big budget television for so long that it's hard to believe his last feature film was Centurion back in 2010. Well, the director is finally back at it with the latest large screen adaptation of Hellboy, this time starring Stranger Things actor David Harbour as Big Red. After the initial green band trailer was met with mixed reactions online, Lionsgate has released a red band trailer to go along with the announcement that the film will indeed be R rated as Marshall promised all along it would be. This trailer has a decidedly different tone and the use of a dark rendition of "Smoke on the Water" rather than Billy Idol's "Mony Mony" makes me think the studio…

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THE OA: Part II Trailer: Netflix’s Ambitious Sci-fi Series is Back with a Twist

After three long years of waiting, fans of The OA will finally get to see what happened to Brit Marling following the dramatic and somewhat controversial ending of the series' first season. If you are new to the series, I highly recommend not watching the trailer below as how the story continues is something of a spoiler and can only truly wow if you're aware of how different it is from season one. You got that? So, spoilers ahead. In a move no one could have predicted, part two of The OA follows Brit Marling's Prairie Johnson as she wakes up in a new dimension that she caused by "jumping" at the end of season one. And based on the season two synopsis, it seems…

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CANDYMAN: AQUAMAN`s Yahya Abdul-Mateen in Talks to Star as Ghostly Killer

Variety broke news a short while ago that Aquaman`s Yahya Abdul-Mateen is in talks to take the villainous lead in the new Candyman movie, produced by Jordan Peele for MGM films. The studio is touting

Preview: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at FSLC

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Uni France again team up for the 24th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center, this year from February 28 through March 10. The series puts an empasis on showcasing new and up and coming voices across French cinema and includes Romain Laguna (Meteorites), Sébastien Marnier (School's Out), Virgil Vernier (Sophia Antipolis), Gaël Lépingle (Time of the Pirates) and Judith Davis (Whatever Happened to My Revolution). Also represented here are seasoned Rendez-Vous alums, such as Bruno Dumont (Coin Coin and Extra Humans), Mia Hansen-Løve (Maya) and Gilles Lelouche (Sink or Swim). The series also highlights a number of French comedies this year, opening with the multiple César Award-nominated The Trouble with You, starring comedian Pio Mamaï…

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Blu-ray Review: The POISON IVY Collection – Tainted Love Indeed

The Poison Ivy films have left me a lot to try to wrap my head around. Here's the short description of the collection from Scream Factory's website: Tempestuous young Ivy (Drew Barrymore) befriends introverted teen Sylvie (Sara Gilbert) and seduces her way into the lives of Sylvie's wealthy family in Poison Ivy. In the piquant follow-up, Poison Ivy 2: Lily, a sheltered art student (Alyssa Milano) finds Ivy's diaries and, after reading them, is lured into uninhibited risk-taking to become a wild woman! Then Ivy's sister (Jaime Pressly) visits the Greer residence in Poison Ivy: The New Seduction, and it doesn't take long for her to use her skills of manipulation to throw the household into a slate of panic and deceit. A college freshman…

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Friday One Sheet: DIVINE LOVE and Neon Iconography

This column's obsession with neon continues with the key art for Brazilian drama and Sundance entry, Divino Amor. The design feels like those ubiquitous paperback novels of the 1980s, dealing more in iconography than 'description.' Even the tagline here, "True Love Shares." is left to the imagination. This is a somewhat radical departure for Mexican designer Dan Petris who usualy favours close-ups or stylized renditions of faces (see his work in such varied films as Bang Gang, Birds of Passage, A Fantastic Woman and Leona). Now one could go to the IMDb, and find out that it is a movie about, "a deeply religious woman uses her position in a notary's office to try to prevent couples from divorcing." But it is better to bask…

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Another Month, Another Paycheck Consigned to Arrow Video. May 2019 Releases Detailed

Arrow Video have unveiled their May slate of Blu-ray releases, and yet again, they're bringing a solid mix of contemporary cult films and classics to the table. This May film fans can expect classics New World trash like The Annihilators (UK), New Zealand time travel festival hit Mega Time Squad (UK), Japanese cult hero Ishii Teruo's Yakuza Law (US/UK), Lee Van Cleef classic The Grand Duel (US/UK), '80s/'90s mutant horror Trapped Alive (US/UK), and the Australian/Japanese hybrid In the Aftermath (UK). Check out the full details below and say goodbye to your retirement fund….

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Netflix Signs Deal With THE HAUNTING of HILL HOUSE’s Mike Flanagan And Trevor Macy, New Chapter Coming in 2020

Netflix announced today that they have entered into a multi-year deal with Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy, the fine gents who brought us fan favorite The Haunting of Hill House.      Netflix has entered into a multi-year overall television deal with Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy.  Following the success of The Haunting of Hill House, Flanagan and Macy will develop and produce new series exclusively for Netflix,  including an all-new chapter in The Haunting anthology, with the next installment chronicling a new story with all new characters.      Beginning with this new deal, Macy and Flanagan make official their prolific seven-year partnership, which has generated six movies and a series, under the Intrepid Pictures banner.  Intrepid will continue to produce both television and…

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Review: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, Hidden in Plain Sight

Oh, I see, it’s a British working-class comedy. That’s why I liked it so much!

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Netflix Creates Production Hub in Toronto, Renting Space, Creating Jobs

The other week the president of Canada’s national broadcaster went off script during a panel discussion to comment on Netflix’s growing influence the true north, strong and free. They went as far as comparing that

Blu-ray Review: In LA VERITÉ, Brigitte Bardot and Henri-Georges Clouzot Take Aim At Institutional Misogyny

A prisoner enters a courtroom, charged with the murder of her boyfriend. She and her attorneys will argue that the death was not premeditated, but rather occured in a moment of personal anguish — and that the intended victim was, in fact, herself. The prosecution will argue, instead, that she was… well, for all intents and purposes, a very naughty girl, sexually adventurous and bohemian, refusing to play by whatever rules exist for proper women in 1950s France. As a result of her flagrant disregard for social convention and proper behaviour, every conceivable book that can be thrown at her, should. Henri-Georges Clouzot claimed that his 1960 film, La Verité, was created with the intent of exploring how it is impossible to judge a person,…

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Review: ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL Soars Amid Forgivable Derivations

In the beginning, this is what we know about Alita:  Though initially a recovered discarded husk of mechanized shoulders and head, she’s just a confused and self-conscious teenage girl. There’s a lot she doesn’t know

Friday One Sheet: TEEN SPIRIT

Even after the Pink Explosion of Key Art in 2017, I still find the colour endearing in all its forms in movie poster design. Case in point is the one sheet for Max Minghella's Teen Spirit, which features a fuchsia glow on the perfect skin of Elle Fanning as she leans in to the microphone in a frozen moment prior to singing for a talent show. Not featured in the text or imagery of the poster, is the wonderful supporting turn from Danish-Croatian actor Zlatko Burić, who practically steals the movie out from under its headliner Hollywood star. Curiously, both actors are Nicolas Winding Refn veterans. Burić in the Pusher Trilogy and Fanning in The Neon Demon. I wonder what they had to say about…

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