Author: Adam Sidsworth

It’s all about the editing: interview with The Second Time Around director Leon Marr

Leon Marr is perhaps proudest that he was able to finish his newest feature film, The Second Time Around, given the obstacles in financing. I’m meeting with Marr at a busy and loud food court two floors beneath the Varsity Theatre in Toronto, where his film is scheduled to open Friday, March 24, 2017.. (It also opens in Vancouver and Montreal the same day.)  Coincidently, he’s meeting one of his film’s leading stars, Linda Thorson, in front of the theatre’s ticket booth right after we meet.  “She’ll be standing in front of her poster,” Marr said.  (I had the opportunity to speak with Thorson for a...

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Canadian Film Fest 2017 Review: Edging

Edging marks the feature-length directing and writing debut of Natty Zavitz, who as an actor appeared on a few seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation. A small-budget effort, Edging features a tiny cast of young actors who have appeared in a plethora of Canadian TV series. Jordan (Shomari Downer), a young man in his 20s, has taken possession of his new house and is hosting a housewarming party. Jordan, though, is depressed because his long-time girlfriend, whom he met in high school, has just dumped him. So he hides in the garage, avoiding the fun and his new girlfriend, Bree (Parveen Kaur of Saving Hope), and attempting to...

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Review: Ghostland: The View of the Ju/Hoansi

Ghostland: The View of the Ju/Hoansi is a look at the Ju/Hoansi, an ancient tribal culture indigenous to Namibia, in southern Africa. In its opening scenes, the documentary displays text informing us that the Ju/Hoansi (also known as Bushmen), is the oldest culture on the planet, tracing its roots at least 25,000 years; however, in 1990, the Namibian government enacted laws forbidding them from hunting, thus shutting them out from their traditional method of gathering food. The doc doesn’t explain why they’re forbidden from their traditional lifestyle, but it seems to not be the point of the film. Instead, it focuses...

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Review: Reset

French dancer Benjamin Millepied joined the New York City Ballet as a teen and became a principal dancer by his early 20s. Mentored early in his career by famed choreographer Jerome Robbins, Millepied himself quickly became a sought-after choreographer, working on various commercials and films; however, he may be best known to wider audiences for his work on the 2010 film Black Swan, for which he choreographed the dance scenes and acted in as a dancer. It’s also where he would meet his wife, Natalie Portman. Reset follows Millepied as he choreographs his debut at the Paris Opera Ballet, where...

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Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Yes, the rumours are true.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story lacks the crawl famous to all seven previously released  Star Wars movies. But more on that in just a bit. In 1999, when George Lucas released the first of his Star Wars prequel movies, excitement was high. Unfortunately, those films proved to be a major disappointment, in part because of a razor-thin plot spread across three films, but largely because they destroyed the mythology of A New Hope and turned its villain — perhaps cinema’s greatest — into a whinny narcissistic teenager. Who knew that it would take...

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Review: Sword Master

Hong Kong director Derek Yee began his career as an actor, debuting in the 1977 martial arts film Death Duel, based on Gu Long’s novel of the same name. It is only fitting that nearly 40 years later, Yee directs its 3D remake, entitled Sword Master. Unfortunately, it lacks a strong narrative to match its beautifully choreographed martial arts scenes. Sword Master follows Yan Shishan (Peter Ho), a sword fighter employed as security at a brothel, despite the fact that he no longer wishes to kill. He becomes romantically involved with one of its prostitutes, Xiao Li (Jiang Mengje), much to the dismay of brothel...

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Review: Rules Don’t Apply

Where has Warren Beatty been? Even for Beatty, who often has long gaps between films, 15 years is a long time since his last on-screen appearance (Town and Country). But with his newest cinematic effort, Rules Don’t Apply, Beatty is back to old form, writing, producing and directing a film in which he again places himself in the central role. Set in 1958, Rules Don’t Apply follows Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), a young aspiring actor placed under contract by eccentric businessman and film producer Howard Hughes (Beatty). When she arrives in Hollywood with her mother (Annette Bening), she is escorted by limo driver...

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