Movie Reviews: LA LA LAND (Damien Chazelle, 2016) and ARRIVAL (Denis Villeneuve, 2016)

I have been a dedicated year-round volunteer for TIFF since 2012. The first year I volunteered for the festival I was still in university…in Ottawa. I completed all of my required volunteer shifts and never missed a class. How did I do that? Well, I became very familiar with the Friday night train from Ottawa […]

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Weekly Watch List

Even though I was all over the city for Canadian Screen Week, I still managed to catch some films (there has to be a trophy for that or something) Room (2015) Directed by Lenny Abrahamson.  Starring Brie Larson (who I loved in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Jacob Tremblay (who I saw at the Canadian […]

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Viva La Video Store: why video stores are still relevant (part 1 of a 2-part series)

I was perusing the shelves at Queen Video. That’s when I heard it. The phrase that made me cringe. “I didn’t even know DVDs still existed!” I clenched my jaw in exasperation. I discreetly craned my neck to glance behind me at the person who uttered such blasphemy. Of course it was a twenty-something man. […]

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