3/24/2017

Wilson: American Blowhard


Wilson
(USA, 94 min.)
Dir. Craig Johnson, Writ. Daniel Clowes
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Isabella Amara, Cheryl Hines

Laura Dern as Pippi and Woody Harrelson as Wilson in Wilson.
Photo by Wilson Webb / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Wilson is a man from another era. He isn’t one for cell phones and he has an utter disdain for the Internet. Real communication, to Wilson, is that old-school person-to-person stuff. That’s too bad because Wilson really isn’t much of a people person.


3/15/2017

The Claws Come Out


Catfight
(USA, 96 min.)
Written and directed by Onur Tukel
Starring: Sandra Oh, Anne Heche
The spirit of Russ Meyer endures in Catfight. Sandra Oh and Anne Heche face off in the mother of all catfights in this utter bonkers black comedy from Onur Tukel. Catfight doesn’t offer buxom babe sexploitation in the vein of Faster, Pussycat, but this darkly funny girl-on-girl action nevertheless delivers a thrill by empowering women through violence. Catfight is both a guilty pleasure and a frisky social satire.


3/12/2017

Canadian Screen Award Winners (In Progress)

Best Picture
It's Only the End of the World

Best Director
Xavier Dolan, It's Only the End of the World

Best Actress
Tatiana Maslany, The Other Half

Best Actor
Stephan James, Race

Best Supporting Actress
Molly Parker, Weirdos (woohoo!)

Best Supporting Actor
Vincent Cassel, It's Only the End of the World

Best Adapted Screenplay
Xavier Dolan, It's Only the End of the World

Best Original Screenplay
Daniel MacIvor, Weirdos

Best Cinematography
André Turpin, It's Only the End of the World

Best Film Editing
Richard Comeau, Two Lovers and a Bear 

Best Costumes
Patricia McNeil, Nelly

Best Art Direction/Production Design
Emanuel Frechette, Two Lovers and a Bear

Best Music - Original Score
Born to Be Blue

Best Music - Original Song
Born to Be Blue, "Could Have Been"

Best Documentary Feature
I am the Blues

Best Editing in a Documentary Feature
Dave De Carlo, Giants of Africa

Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature
John Price, I am the Blues

Best Animated Short
Blind Vaysha

Best Live Action Short
Mutants

Best Documentary Short
this river

Best Overall Sound
Race

Best Sound Editing
Race

Best Visual Effects
Race

Best Make-up
Maina Militza and Denis Vidal, It's Only the End of the World

Best First Feature
Old Stone, Johnny Ma












3/10/2017

Canadian Screen Awards Preview: Who Should Win on Sunday?

Xavier Dolan on the shoot of It's Only the End of the World
Shane Laerdière, Sons of Manual
And we’re back! After catching our breath following that doozy of a finale to the Oscars, it’s time for Canada’s own award show: the Canadian Screen Awards. The nickname of “The Candies” doesn’t seem to have caught on despite the noble effort to make the moniker stick, so we’ll just keep on running with The Screenies as an abbrev’d name.

2/27/2017

Oscars Recap: Now That's What I Call an Ending!

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty with the Best Actress envelope.
How’s that for an ending? A relatively ho-hum Oscar ceremony became a wild night after Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway received the envelope for Best Actress and incorrectly gave the prize to La La Land. Moonlight, however, ultimately won in the biggest Oscar upset since Crash. The Hollywood Reporter has the full rundown on the snafu. What a night to remember!

2/25/2017

Oscar Party Playlist

Sandra Huller belts out some Whitney Houston in Toni Erdmann
Sony Pictures Classics
Ballots printed ☑
Popcorn popped ☑
Bubbly on ice ☑
Oscar noms prepared ☑


2/24/2017

Oscars Predictions: Final Round - Another Day of Sun

Ryan Gosling in Oscar's next Best Picture winner, La La Land
It’s the final few hours of award season! This year has ample speculation that the circus in the land of Lady Liberty will inspire the Oscars to get political. At the very least, a few of the speeches are bound to be good TV.

Contest! Win Passes to See 'Bitter Harvest'!


Canadian director George Mendeluk returns with the sweeping historical drama Bitter Harvest. Starring Max Irons, Samantha Barks, and Terrence Stamp, Bitter Harvest dramatizes the fight of rural Ukrainians standing up to the devastating campaign launched by Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union. Bitter Harvest opens in theatres March 3 from D Films and we have run of engagement passes to see the film in theatres! Answer the trivia below for your chance to win!

2/22/2017

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Royal Wedding


A United Kingdom
(UK/USA, 110 min.)
Dir. Amma Asante, Writ. Guy Hibbert
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Lady Edith
David Oyelowo as Seretse Khama and Rosamund Pike as Ruth Williams in A United Kingdom.
Photo by Stanislav Honzik, courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
The newspapers call Ruth Williams “The White Queen” as they flash on the screen in A United Kingdom. These headlines don’t serve as compliments. They are slurs.


2/20/2017

Watch Oscar Nominee 'Blind Vaysha'

Courtesy of the NFB
In the spirit of the category, let's keep this short and sweet: watch the Oscar-nominated and Canadian Screen Award-nominated Blind Vaysha for free thanks to the NFB!


2/19/2017

TIFF Next Wave Review: '1:54'


1:54
(Canada, 105 min.)
Written and directed by Yan England, Writ.
Starring: Antoine Olivier Pilon, Sophie Nélisse, Lou-Pascal Tremblay, David Boutin, Patrice Godin, Robert Naylor, Anthony Therrien, Guillaume Gauthier
Les Films Séville
Mommy star Antoine Olivier Pilon delivers another strong and bold performance with his turn as Tim, a shy and closeted teen in 1:54. The young actor delivers on the promise and the high bar set by his award-winning turn in the Xavier Dolan drama. 1:54 is another entry in the queer Quebec canon as Pilon’s character wrestles with his identity while struggling with a two-fold loss: his best friend and unrequited love, Francis (Robert Naylor). As both a coming of age/coming out of the closet film and study in contemporary cyberbullying, this relevant teen-set drama is a mature snapshot of the challenges facing contemporary youths.

2/16/2017

Memo to the Academy: For Your Consideration


Time for the Academy to consider worthy nominees! Pictured: Amy Adams in Arrival
The ballots are in the mail as the race enters the final stretch! Best Picture seems like a done deal for La La Land, and that’s just fine by me, but this season offered one surprise after another beginning with the Golden Globe win for Moonlight just after Aaron Taylor-Johnson snuck past favourite Mahersala Ali that same night. Isabelle Huppert knocked out Natalie Portman at the Globes, then Denzel Washington and Hidden Figures shook up the SAG Awards before Dev Patel and Lion roared at the BAFTAs. With the exception of Best Supporting Actress—Viola Davis has that in the bag for her work in Fences—some races might be closer than we think. On that note, it’s time to send the annual memo to the Academy to vote with their heads—and hearts—for a few contenders that deserve the gold.

2/15/2017

TIFF Next Wave Review: 'Before the Streets'


Before the Streets (Avant les rues)
(Canada, 97 min.)
Written and directed by Chloé Leriche
Starring: Rykko Bellemarre, Kwena Bellemare-Boivin, Jacques Newashish, Martin Dubreuil
Every year as of late, the Canadian Academy nominates a completely random movie for Best Picture that flew under the radars of most of us covering the Canadian film beat. Demons barely saw life until it was a Canada’s Top Ten pick, Cast No Shadow invited a collective “huh?” when it scored four nominations, and the ever-confounding call for Maïna despite the film not screening at any qualifying festival can, for better or for worse, draw attention to a film that squeaked by us. (Or flagrantly chose to cheat the system, in the latter case.)


2/10/2017

Oscar Live Action Shorts Highlight Connection and Inclusion


La Femme et le TGV
Shorts HC
The five films in this year’s pack of Oscar-nominated live action shorts are a lengthy bunch. They’re good, mind you, but with four of ’em each coming in at nearly half an hour, the full programme is akin to binge-watching a few weeks’ worth of a sitcom, except that only two of them are comedies.

2/09/2017

Oscar Animated Shorts: Canuck Nominees Lead Field


Blind Vaysha.
Courtesy of the NFB.
Canada goes for gold in this year’s Oscar race for Best Animated Short. Two of the five nominees are Canuck cartoons and they’re easily the most unique films of the bunch. Let’s build to the best, though, and save the homegrown talent for last.