Michelle D’Alessandro Hatt’s BRAVE LITTLE ARMY is an enigmatic tale of a group of preteen girls who are brought together when a mysterious, new student joins their class. Dee (Faith Vanderwerf), K (Rosali Annikie), and Lu (Amanda Cheung) are navigating middle school circa 1984. They are shaken out of their routine-laden school day when a […]Read more "BRAVE LITTLE ARMY (MICHELLE D’ALESSANDRO HATT, 2018)"
JUDY & PUNCH is a devilishly delicious revisionist romp that takes a traditional show and flips it on its head in a clever piece of mythology-making. Mirrah Foulkes’ feature film directorial debut is a dark comedy complete with witches, black magic, and a healthy walloping of cold, hard revenge. As J. R. R. Tolkien set […]Read more "JUDY & PUNCH (MIRRAH FOULKES, 2019)"
Sit down. Pull up a glass of water/mug of somethin’ hot/a tonic of your choice. How are you doing? What are you feeling? I’ve been working from home since March 12, 2020 in light of the pandemic. It’s been a time marked by ups and downs. Good days and bad days, and everything in between. […]Read more "Latest Reviews & Podcast Features: Wylie Writes & Screenfish Online"
*SPOILER WARNING*: This interview contains spoilers! If you’d like to avoid spoilers: Step 1: Watch Jack Of All Trades on Netflix (Canada and US), Super Channel, iTunes, Hollywood Suite, or anywhere movies are found. Step 2: Come back here and dive in! Good? Let’s go! ~~~ Jack Of All Trades is at once an exposé […]Read more "SPECIAL INTERVIEW: JACK OF ALL TRADES (STU STONE & HARV GLAZER, 2018)"
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"
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)"