Author: William Brownridge

Review: Antibirth

If there was one film to sum up the kind of experience you should be looking for at a genre film festival, Antibirth would be it. This is one movie you don’t want to miss out on. The film follows Lou (Natasha Lyonne), a drunken stoner who spends most of her time hanging out with her friend Sadie (Chloë Sevigny). After a drunken party that Lou can’t even remember, she realizes that she may be pregnant, but can’t figure out how. As Lou tries to figure out what happened during her blackout, she starts to become incredibly sick. Soon she’s...

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Remixing the elements: interview with Antibirth director Danny Perez

It’s typically best to know as little about a film as possible before going to watch it. With that in mind, my conversation with director Danny Perez, whose film Antibirth screens at the 2016 Toronto After Dark Film Festival on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, contains a few spoilers for the film. This mind bending, genre mashing, psychedelic treat tells the story of Lou (Natasha Lyonne), a drunken stoner who finds herself seemingly pregnant after a blackout drunk evening with her friend Sadie (Chloë Sevigny). Lou can’t figure out how she could be pregnant, as she knows she hasn’t slept with anybody...

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Review: The Apology

During the Second World War, more than 200,000 women were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army. A small handful of these women are still alive, referred to now as “grandmas” and many of them are in their 80s and 90s. All they want is an apology from the government, but that seems to be a dream that may never come true. The disrespect these women still face is astounding, and even government officials aren’t above slinging insults towards the women. Looking at the lives of three of the “grandmas,” The Apology is a shocking look at...

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Dark Nights: Tales of the Third Dimension

December has arrived and it always brings my two favourite things together: Christmas and horror films. The holiday season inspires love, kindness, and generosity, but it also seems to inspire filmmakers to unleash some bloody vengeance. Perhaps it’s the long lines as you wait to buy gifts, or the endless stream of Christmas music that seems impossible to escape, but the holiday season has delivered some fantastic horror films that we’ll be looking at this month. Actually, they’re not always fantastic, but that is what makes some of them so wonderful to enjoy, and Tales of the Third Dimension...

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Toronto Film Scene Holiday Gift Guide 2016

It’s that time of year again. The Christmas carols are taking over the airwaves, the holiday films are on every channel you turn to, and it’s time to stuff the stockings of friends and family. Fear not because Toronto Film Scene is here with our gift guide to help you out with the film loving fans you know. Personally, I love the holidays more than any other time of the year, but it can be difficult to find just the right gift for the movie lover in your life. We’ve got all the bases covered though, as we look...

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Review: Be Here Now

After years of searching for his big break, Andy Whitfield landed the lead role in the television series Spartacus. While he had finally accomplished one of his goals in life, he was soon faced with the devastating news that he had cancer. With his wife Vashti by his side, Andy began treatment to overcome the cancer. Be Here Now follows Andy and his family on his journey through treatment, as well as the realization that none of his options seem to be working out. Director Lilibet Foster brings viewers directly into the battle that Andy and his family must face with...

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Blood in the Snow 2016 Review: Streamer

Jared (Jared Bratt) is a lonely man living a solitary existence. He’s got no friends, has never had a girlfriend, and moves through his life in repetitive actions as if he’s waiting for the moment he can finally stop. He begins frequenting an adult online chatroom where he becomes enamoured with one of the women (Tanya Lee). He soon realizes that she actually lives in the same building as he does, and he goes out of his way to strike up a friendship with her. While their relationship seems to be growing, Jared finds out that his new love...

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