Author: William Brownridge

Anime Monday: Osomatsu-san

Strange usually works well in the world of anime. Whether it’s giant robots, magical girls, talking animals, or some combination of all of those elements, anime has a knack for offering up the kind of oddities that you couldn’t see anywhere else. Kicking off in 2015, Osomatsu-san might have managed to beat the strangeness of everything else you may have watched. Based on 1962 manga series by Fujio Akatsuka, the show has updated the characters and setting to modern times. The original manga followed the adventures of sextuplets who were always getting into trouble. It even managed to spawn...

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Review: The Fundamentals of Caring

Attempting to find work and dealing with divorce papers he’s avoided signing for over 2 years, Ben (Paul Rudd) decides to become a certified caregiver. His first job is helping out Trevor (Craig Roberts), a young man with duchenne muscular dystrophy. Trevor lives with his overprotective mother and hasn’t been very far from his house his entire life. Trevor is fascinated with roadside attractions and Ben begins asking him why he doesn’t just go and see them. Trevor claims he doesn’t want to, but suddenly has a change of heart after an argument with Ben. Now the two men...

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Review: The Neon Demon

Jesse (Elle Fanning) has just arrived in Los Angeles and is already becoming quite popular in the world of modelling. Agents are infatuated with her, top photographers want to work with her, and other models simply want to be her. Makeup artist Ruby (Jena Malone) befriends Jesse, whose self-confidence isn’t exactly the greatest, and makes sure there’s nobody to take advantage of her. Ruby’s friends Sarah (Abbey Lee) and Gigi (Bella Heathcote) are envious of the attention Jesse is getting, but also drawn to her as well. As Jesse slowly becomes more aware of the demand her youth and...

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Review: Tempest Storm

Burlesque performer Tempest Storm has spent over 50 years in the business, and her story is one that has inspired fans of all ages. Her personal story is one that is littered with traumatic moments, regrettable decisions, romantic encounters and experiences that many of us will find hard to believe. With Tempest Storm, viewers are taken on a very intimate tour of the performer’s life that offers a very different view than you may be expecting. Although it sounds like Tempest Storm would be an inspiring documentary, it may actually be one of the saddest films you’ve ever seen. Burlesque...

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Review: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

After seeing the epic film Raiders of the Lost Ark, three eleven-year-old boys decided they had to make a shot-for-shot remake of the film. Those kids, Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, and Jayson Lamb, spent the next 7 summers recreating the entire film except for one scene. It tested their patience and slowly picked apart their friendship, but 30 years later they reunite to finally shoot the one scene they were missing, and to find that their childhood dreams hadn’t died. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made isn’t really so much about the remake Strompolos, Zala, and Lamb...

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Toronto Japanese Film Festival 2016 Review: Bitter Honey

A famous poet (Ren Ôsugi) nears the end of his life and finds that he’s having a sudden burst of imagination. A new lover (Fumi Nikaidô), who is actually a goldfish in human form, finds her relationship challenged by the ghost of the poet’s former lover, all while the poet tries to asses what his life has amounted to. To say that Bitter Honey is odd would be an understatement. A goldfish in human form, old lovers returning as ghosts, and dealing with life and death are just some of the strange occurrences you’ll find in this film. You’ll...

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Anime Monday: Voltron: Legendary Defender

Outside of Studio Ghibli films and the odd movie released sporadically over the years, anime isn’t something you typically see in your local theatre. Even when these films do find a release, it’s typically very limited. That’s not to say there isn’t a market for anime. This year marked the 20th anniversary of Anime North, a convention focused primarily on anime and Asian culture. Over 30,000 people attended the convention at the end of May in 2016, and over 1,000 volunteers helped to keep things running smoothly. For something that we so rarely see in local theatres or television, there’s...

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