While other sci-fi fare might be treading a conventional path, Lucy pushes us in a far more philosophical direction by exploring the mind and human development. Unusual material for a blockbuster, but it is one, nonetheless. Director Luc Besson (Leon, The Big Blue, Subway, The Fifth Element, Taxi, etc.) has a history of making films […]
Toronto After Dark Film Festival knows that Zombie Night is one of their biggest nights, and these films tend to be some of the highlights of the festival. This year was no exception. Dead Snow played in the festival in 2009, and went on to win the Audience Choice Award and generated a buzz for the film in Toronto. I remember the Toronto Zombie Walk that year had plenty of Herzog-esque zombies. When the Toronto After Dark team announced the sequel, I knew it would be among one of the first screenings that would sell out; I was right.
If you saw the other side of an argument from a first-hand perspective, would it change your mind? The East explores that idea with this thriller co-written (with Zal Batmanglij) by and starring Brit Marling. As a hotshot operative for a private intelligence firm, ‘Jane’ (Brit Marling) is placed undercover in a variety of places […]
Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a difficult film to review. On the one hand, the film is out-and-out Art-house with the black & white, minimal dialogue, some odd dance scenes (you know your usual suspects in an Art-house film), but at the same time it creates a great deal […]
Saturday night programming at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival is usually Zombie night, so why is there a Beaver coming up on stage? Justin McConnell, programmer at Toronto After Dark Film Festival, is known for his creative introductions. Tonight is no exception. Justin walks onto the stage dressed in a full Beaver Costume and he must have been sweating under those hot spot lights. One can assume that the outfit goes along with the animal theme of tonight’s films, Zombeavers, and Day 40.
Spider-Verse is a story that seems like it’s been going on for a while already. There’s been no shortage of build-up to it in the pages of Spidey’s main title and the other Spider-Adjacent books, plus the five-issue Edge of Spider-Verse miniseries that introduced a slew of new Spider-characters. Amazing Spider-Man #9, though, officially kicks […]
Maybe I was too young when I first saw 2001: A Space Odyssey and couldn’t understand it. Despite its grandeur, it left me a little cold. Even after multiple re-watches in later years, at least one of which in glorious 70mm. It’s obviously a towering achievement, but I’ve never felt overly engaged by the stiffness […]
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is the companion book to the documentary film of the same name. Written by Tara Bennett, it allows readers to go further into the showrunner’s lives as they head the TV shows that we all know and some of us love. Read on for my review and an interview with the film’s director, Des Doyle!
Mid-October is an exciting time for Toronto genre film lovers. The Toronto After Dark (TADFF) is one of the largest film festivals in Toronto. The festival is in its ninth year and is held at the Scotiabank Theatre located in the downtown core. Heading towards its opening night, I’m thankful for the new location. As I […]
Welcome back to our ongoing coverage of Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus. As before, if you’re keen on an insight into the creative process, you can find our interviews with the creators of Lazarus here, here and here. When we started this project we said that we would, at least, cover a year with […]