Author: William Brownridge

Review: Strike a Pose

In 1990, Madonna embarked on her Blond Ambition tour. Provocative and immensely popular, it pushed the envelope of sexuality in a time when the LGBT community was still struggling to be accepted. On stage with Madonna every night were a talented group of dancers, providing much of the entertainment and success of the tour. Strike a Pose looks at the lives of these dancers before, during, and after the Blond Ambition tour. Success came quickly and vanished just as fast for Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes, Salim Gauwloos, Jose Xtravaganza, Kevin Alexander Stea, and Carlton Wilborn, some of the dancers...

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Review: Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1

Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) have a wonderful life with their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) in Santa Clarita. Their work as realtors gives them the freedom to work from home, and allows them to enjoy a few of the luxuries of life. Heading out to work together, Sheila and Joel have their lives turned upside down when Sheila dies and comes back to life as a flesh eating zombie. Determined to maintain the life they’ve built, Sheila and Joel do their best to keep things normal, even though Sheila now needs human flesh to survive. While Sheila...

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Dark Nights: Sadako vs. Kayako

Like every great horror franchise, fans start to want something a little more from their favourite villainous characters. With both the Ring and The Grudge series having 11 films each, including various spin-offs and their American remakes, it would seem only natural for these pale ghosts to finally face off. We’ve seen it before with Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, but Japanese horror fans can finally watch their favourite cursed villains meet head to head, and it’s all thanks to the fantastic horror streaming service of Shudder Canada. Sadako vs. Kayako starts with Yuri (Mizuki Yamamoto) and Natsumi (Aimi...

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Exclusive online trailer launch for Flora on Toronto Film Scene

If there’s one terrain in Canada that can give most of us nightmares, it’s the heavily wooded areas across the country. There’s a kind of fear that comes with the idea of the woods. Dive far enough into the wilderness and you can quickly get lost. Once night falls, the light from a fire may barely be able to break through the darkness that envelops you. Capitalizing on the tough terrain, Toronto born writer and director Sasha Vukovic put together the screenplay for Flora. After winning the Best Feature Screenplay at the 2015 Amsterdam Film Festival, Vukovic travelled to Northern Quebec to...

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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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