Author: Sean Kelly

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

As a kid, Jake (Asa Butterfield) was told stories by his grandfather Abraham (Terence Stamp) about a fantastical children’s home run by Miss Alma LeFay Perigrine (Eva Green), though Jake stopped believing the stories as he got older. One evening, Abraham is attacked by a strange creature and before dying instructs Jake to travel to the island in Wales where Miss Perigrine’s home resides. It turns out that Miss Perigrine and her “peculiar” children, including lighter than air Emma (Ella Purnell), are hidden in a time loop in 1943, with Miss Perigrine using her abilities to manipulate time to reset the day before...

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TIFF 2016 Review: Short Cuts Programme 7

The film selection of Short Cuts Programme 7 covers themes ranging from the loss of land to the effect technology has on our lives, along with love, loss, and general relationships. Half of the films in this programme are by Canadian filmmakers, with there also being films from the USA, UK, Sweden, and Israel. Gods Acre – 15 Minutes Despite the climate change induced rising water levels, Frank refuses to leave his family’s ancestral Cree lands. Gods Acre is a very sombre short film about Frank going about his business on his land, even though there is a growing flood that is...

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TIFF 2016 Review: Short Cuts Programme 5

A theme that seems to prevalent in the films of Short Cuts Programme 5 is in how each of these short films seem to feature a protagonist who is either an outcast or going through some sort of personal dilemma. This selection is also incredibly diverse, featuring selections from Canada, Aremina, Lebanon, and Tanzania. However, the shorts all feature some similar issues, which will be discussed further as each film is looked at individually. BLACK HEAD COW – 12 Minutes Naserian is a bright child in a Maasai village, who is suddenly confronted with an arranged marriage she is expected to participate...

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Review: The Light Between Oceans

Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) is a shell shocked First World War veteran, who accepts a job as a lighthouse keeper on the island of Janus, just off the coast of Western Australia. After months of living isolated on the island, Tom falls in love with and marries Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander), the daughter of friends on the mainland, and the two prepare for life together on Janus. One day a rowboat washes to shore, containing the corpse of a man and an infant girl. Suffering from grief after a series of miscarriages, Isabel begs Tom not to report the baby,...

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Cinema Revisited: Stand by Me

By 1986, film adaptations of the works of Stephen King had become common practice, with some of the most notable of these films being Brian De Palma’s Carrie, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone, and John Carpenter’s Christine. For the most part, these adaptations were of the horror stories that King was most known for. That all changed when Rob Reiner directed an adaptation of King’s 1982 novella “The Body,” under the new name of Stand By Me, after the 1960 song of the same name by Ben E. King. Unlike other films based on Stephen King’s stories, Stand By Me was a period...

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Indie Tuesdays: Her Friend Adam

Robert (Ben Petrie) arrives to pick up his girlfriend Liv (Grace Glowicki) for a date. However, after finding out that that Liv’s friend Adam (Andrew Chown) is coming over to pick up his camera, Robert’s sudden jealously causes the night to quickly spiral out of control. Her Friend Adam is a darkly comic short film, all taking place in a single continuous scene. There are a lot of elements at play in the 16 minute running time of this film, with the most notable being Roberts insecurity and jealousy over Liv’s friend Adam, even though the latter is gay. Robert...

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Review: Ghostbusters

Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), and Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) are three scientists who decide to get into the business of capturing ghosts after a recent surge of paranormal activity in New York. After renting out an office above a Chinese restaurant, the team hires absent minded receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) and brings on former subway collector Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) as the team’s street smart fourth member. Armed with an arsenal of gadgets designed by Holtzmann, the Ghostbusters set out to eliminate this increasing paranormal threat. Let’s begin by addressing the elephant in the room. Ever since this...

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