Author: William Brownridge

Review: Botticelli Inferno

While the name Sandro Botticelli may be mostly associated in the art world with his painting The Birth of Venus, this Renaissance master also dedicated over a decade of his life to drawing and painting a vision of Hell as described by poet Dante. A sharp contrast to his typical works of intense beauty, Botticelli brought a new life to the words of Dante, and he also created a work of art that finds beauty in a very different place. His Map of Hell painting was just one piece of this work, as he also drew a series of...

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Review: The Bye Bye Man

Three college friends; John (Lucien Laviscount), Elliot (Douglas Smith), and Elliot’s girlfriend Sasha (Cressida Bonas), score a very good deal on a large house off campus. It happens to come fully furnished, although all that furniture is jammed into the basement for some reason. After putting everything together, Elliot finds some strange writing in the bottom of a dresser drawer that says “Don’t think it, don’t say it.” When he peels away a layer of paper, the only thing written underneath is The Bye Bye Man. Thinking nothing of it, Elliot tells his roommates. What he doesn’t know is...

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Review: The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Father and son coroners Tommy (Brian Cox) and Austin Tilden (Emile Hirsch), are the final stop for many residents in the small town where they live. When a family is found brutally murdered, but without any apparent motive, Tommy and Austin find themselves in the middle of a very strange mystery. A Jane Doe (Olwen Catherine Kelly) is found on the scene, half dug out of the ground in the basement of the victims home, and the sheriff wants a cause of death by morning. The body looks to be in perfect condition, with no signs of trauma, but as the...

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Indie Tuesdays: Capture Kill Release

Loving couple Jen (Jennifer Fraser) and Farhang (Farhang Ghajar) enjoy doing everything together, including planning a murder. After buying a new video camera, Jen begins documenting their plot to kidnap and murder a complete stranger. Initially on board for the plan, Farhang soon starts to have doubts, while Jen becomes even more obsessed with pulling off the crime. While Farhang tries to distance himself, and prevent the crime from happening, Jen makes sure that Farhang participates by going out on her own and bringing home their victim. Yes, Capture Kill Release is found footage, and yes, it hits all...

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Review: The Eyes of My Mother

In a remote farmhouse, Francisca (Olivia Bond as a child and Kika Magalhaes as an adult) lives with her mother, a former surgeon from Portugal, and her hardworking father. Her mother has shown her some of her surgical skills on the cows on their land, and Francisca has never really feared death. When their peaceful life is shattered by an intruder who kills her mother, Francisca is left to live with her withdrawn father and the strange desires this event has awakened in her. As the years pass, Francisca’s need for an outside connection leads her to some very disturbing behaviour. I’ve...

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Indie Tuesdays: Hive

Director Adam Ciolfi (The Lady of Names, Broken) brings a moving stop-motion experience to viewers with his latest short film, Hive. The short follows three survivors of an alien race as their world crumbles around them. Trapped in a church, they discuss what has become of their world, how it has affected their faith, and what little hope they may have left. Ciolfi also handles writing duties for Hive, which feels particularly prescient after the recent elections south of the border. While I’m sure this is all coincidence, there’s no escaping the fact that his short certainly echoes the...

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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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