With its eerie dread and mysterious titular character, William Boodell’s Sister Mercy (2019) is perfect post-spooky season viewing. Late one night, Sister Mercy Lopez arrives at the door of a home unannounced. She is greeted by several malevolent characters; their eyes glinting with wolf-like blood-lust. Gentle and soft-spoken, the nun asks the unsavoury group if they know […]Read more "SISTER MERCY (William Boodell, 2019)"
We are well into my favourite month. Not only that, my favourite holiday fast approaches. October. Spooky season. Hallowe’en (it’s a lifestyle, not a holiday). Whatever your preferred name for it is, this is the time of year where my beloved genre (horror) is front and centre. Until now, horror films have predominantly been relegated […]Read more "LATEST REVIEWS (HALLOWE’EN EDITION): TORONTO FILM FILES FOR FILMOTOMY"
I have a few exciting projects on the go right now that I can’t wait to share with you! First, check out my review of Charlie and Hannah’s Grand Night Out for Wylie Writes here. This film is an absolute dream of youthful abandon. The film is set in Antwerp, Belgium. Shawn and I LOVE […]Read more "Latest Reviews: Toronto Film Files for Wylie Writes"
In a time when we’re increasingly turning to the ease and control of screen-based interactions, LAST CALL is a story of humans showing up for each other. The film was shot in two simultaneous single takes at different parts of the city and depicted in split-screen. On one side, the camera follows Scott (Daved Wilkins), […]Read more "LAST CALL (GAVIN MICHAEL BOOTH, 2019)"
It’s almost that time of year again. My favourite time of year here in Toronto. You guessed it: we are just two weeks away from the Toronto International Film Festival! The sounds of feverish typing and the symphony of programme book pages being turned fill the air. TIFF Members jockey to be online the second […]Read more "Latest Reviews: Toronto Film Files for Wylie Writes"
DANIEL ISN’T REAL is a juggernaut of a thriller, and a modern portrait of trauma and mental illness that enthralled audiences during its Canadian premiere at the 2019 Fantasia International Film Festival. Luke (in a nuanced performance from Miles Robbins) is your average college student. He manoeuvres through awkward roommate encounters and struggles to find […]Read more "FANTASIA FESTIVAL 2019: DANIEL ISN’T REAL (ADAM EGYPT MORTIMER, 2019)"
A loving send-up of paranormal-horror films, EXTRA ORDINARY was a resounding fan favourite during its Canadian premiere at the 2019 Fantasia Festival. Playing to a packed house, EXTRA ORDINARY delivered laugh after laugh with its quirky charm and pure Irish humour. Thirty-something Rose Dooley (played by comedian Maeve Higgins) works as a driving instructor in […]Read more "FANTASIA FESTIVAL 2019: EXTRA ORDINARY (ENDA LOUGHMAN AND MIKE AHERN, 2019)"