Author: Sean Kelly

Blood in the Snow 2013 Review: Evangeline

Evangeline Pullman (Kat de Lieva) is a shy college freshman, whose roommate Shannon (Mayumi Yoshida) makes it her mission to get this preacher’s daughter to open up. Evangeline is invited to a frat party, where she is introduced to the popular “prize catch” Michael Konner (Richard Harmon). However, it turns out that Michael has a dark side and he and his friends end up beating Evangeline and leaving her for dead in the woods. Evangeline ends up being “saved” by a demon spirit, who now resides inside of her, giving Evangeline a bloodthirsty desire for revenge. Evangeline is a film that...

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Review: Geography Club

Based on the first book of the Russel Middlebrook Series of young adult novels, Geography Club focuses on Russel (Cameron Deane Stewart), a closeted gay teen who begins a secret relationship with his high school’s football star, Kevin (Justin Deeley). When Russel’s homosexual status is discovered by Min (Ally Maki), she invites him to join the school’s Geography Club, which is actually a secret support group for gay teens, with the other members including tomboy Terese (Nikki Blonsky) and the very feminine Ike (Alex Newell). Meanwhile, Kevin invites Russel to join the football team, where he quickly becomes a breakout star; however,...

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Review: The Broken Circle Breakdown

This Belgian romantic musical drama tells the story of bluegrass singer Didier (Johan Heldenbergh), who falls in love with a tattoo artist named Elise (Veerle Baetens). Despite their differences, Didier and Elise’s love affair is a passionate one. Elise begins singing in Didier’s band and they soon find themselves married with a daughter named Maybelle. When Maybelle gets cancer at age six, Didier and Elise’s devotion to each other are put to the test. The Broken Circle Breakdown is an adaptation of the play of the same name, co-written by star Johan Heldenbergh, and can be best described as a mix...

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Media Impact: Joe Hill

Without a doubt, it can probably be agreed that Stephen King is one of the most successful and popular novelists working today. After a career of more than forty years, not only are King’s novels and short stories still going strong, but they have been the source of countless film and TV adaptations. King’s writing has been the basis of everything from horror classics, such as Carrie and The Shining, to more dramatic works, such as Stand by Me and The Shawshank Redemption. Most recently, King’s 2009 novel Under the Dome was adapted into a CBS television series this past summer. With so much success...

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Review: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) is a popular high school student and the object of affection for a group of boys. At the urging of her friend Chloe (Whitney Able), Mandy is invited to join the boys and another friend at a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the boys all have ulterior motives for inviting Mandy, it turns out that someone else has followed the group up to the ranch, with more sinister intentions. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane originally premiered as part of the Midnight Madness programme at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and was picked...

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How TIFF evolved over a decade

It’s hard to believe that I have been going to the Toronto International Film Festival for a decade. When I first went to the festival in 2003, I was a very naive 21-year-old, who didn’t really know how to plan for the festival experience. I remember heading down to the festival box office at College Park, two days into the festival, and I expected to easily get tickets for films, such as Billy Ray’s Shattered Glass, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 Grams and Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes. Imagine my shock when I found out all those films were offsale and I had to scramble...

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TIFF Review: Unforgiven

In this Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning 1992 film of the same name, a long retired samurai named Jubei “the Killer” Kamata (Ken Watanabe) is asked by his old war comrade Kingo Baba (Akira Emoto) to help kill a couple of settlers, who sliced the face of a prostitute. Together they head to a small town ruled by sadistic lawman Ichizo Oishi (Koichi Sato) and Jubei finds himself having to confront his violent past, which he has tried so hard to escape from. While the opposite has become common practice, it is not too often that an American film is remade...

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