Author: William Brownridge

Review: The Wedding Plan

The Wedding Plan feels a lot like travelling back to the ’80s where a romantic comedy like this would have been entirely expected, and was probably crafted in one form or another already. The problem is that this isn’t the ’80s, and that leaves the film feeling almost insulting. Michal (Noa Koler) is engaged to be married, but her soon-to-be husband tells her that he doesn’t really love her. With only 22 days left until her scheduled wedding, Michal decides to keep the event planned and that God will deliver her a husband because she has faith that God...

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Review: Risk

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras spent 6 years following Julian Assange as he unleashes huge amounts of classified documents to the world. The focus of Poitras’ film changes as Assange faces charges of sexual assault, after which he flees to the Ecuadorean embassy in London and is granted asylum. Unable to leave or he’ll be arrested, Assange attempts to continue running WikiLeaks while maintaining his innocence. Risk is certainly not the film that anybody will be expecting it to be, and that includes Poitras. With the drastic turn of events, what would have initially been a look into the life of Assange and his...

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Indie Tuesdays: Heel Kick

After ten years of backyard wrestling, Reggie (Danny Mac) and his friend Maurice (Chris Wilcox) aren’t even remotely close to becoming the professional wrestlers they hope to be. Not that that has stopped them, as they’re both convinced they have what it takes. Instead of spending their time training, they use it to smoke pot, drink, and play wrestling video games. Reggie’s brother Jared (Matthew Graham) is tired of seeing Reggie live off their mother (Pam Kearns), so he challenges the two “athletes” to join a wrestling school. If they succeed, they’ll be able to follow their dreams, but...

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Review: Jackie Boy

Self-destructive womanizer Jack (Alino Giraldi) spends his days either doing drugs, drinking, hooking up with random women, or some combination of the three. His morals seem non-existent and the only person in his life he isn’t a complete jerk to is his pet cat. Things start to change when he meets Jasmine (Shannon Coulter), a woman who actually won’t do whatever Jack wants. He slowly begins to fall for her, but her intentions are mysterious. The closer Jack and Jasmine get, the further Jack pulls away from his friends. Just as his world seems to be coming together, everything really...

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TJFF 2017 Review: 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story

Chances are many of us spent at least a little part of our younger lives standing around in a store, picking through packs of cards in the hopes of finding something special. While that may have been sports cards for some, for others, it was the amazing creation that was The Garbage Pail Kids. A spoof on Cabbage Patch Kids, which exploded in the ’80s, these cards featured gross and gruesome pictures of characters like Adam Bomb (certainly the most recognizable character to come out of the card sets). They were banned from schools, and parents did everything they...

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Review: Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

While a number of celebrity chefs dot the food and television landscape, some were never granted the same attention that others have now established. Jeremiah Tower was one of those chefs. Rising to prominence during the ’70s and ’80s, Tower was not only an outstanding chef, but a force behind bringing a new kind of American cuisine to the attention of the world. He was also one of the first chefs to gain recognition, instead of just being the nameless person within the kitchen of a popular restaurant. Success didn’t last long enough though, and Tower dropped out of...

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Dark Nights: Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl

Capturing a ’70s feel, Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl is the latest effort from writer/director A.D. Calvo, and he pulls off an impressive feature. The gothic thriller follows Adele (Erin Wilhelmi), who moves into the large home of her aunt Dora (Susan Kellermann). Adele’s family has ulterior motives, as Dora is quite rich and rather old. Adele simply wants to help her aunt, who never leaves her room and communicates by sending notes under the door. Adele soon meets Beth (Quinn Shephard), the complete opposite of Adele’s shy and quiet personality. They strike up a friendship and Beth begins pushing Adele...

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