In Plain Sight: Afrofuturism and Inclusivity Series

  On a rare 29th day of February 2020, I gave a lecture for Toronto’s Black Museum: Lurid Lectures for the Morbidly Curious on The Omega Man and the inadvertently Afrofuturist themes called The Omega Man’s Utopian Dystopia. I spoke about how this classic film has an Afrofuturistic bent without seemingly trying. Sure, it was... Continue Reading →

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The Planters Take Root with Heart

It’s nice to see more female-led productions defying the odds these days. You'll find this with Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder's indie charmer The Planters, which captures loneliness and friendship in this time of isolation. Martha Plant (Kotcheff) lives by herself in her childhood home. Her parents died a year ago, and she’s a repressed,... Continue Reading →

12 Hour Shift Clocks in with Gory Fun

Nurses have a tough life, and many aren’t paid a decent wage. They are usually the first contact with patients after they’re admitted, the ones who carry out doctor’s orders, and a lot are unsung heroes, especially these days. There are some excellent ones and some really terrible nurses, and then there are those who... Continue Reading →

Spontaneous is a Blast

High school can be fun, or the bane of your existence, depending on your experience. When students start exploding randomly at a small-town high school, kids stop worrying about trivial things and wonder if they’ll be next in Spontaneous. When Katelyn (Mellany Barros) explodes in a spectacularly bloody mess during class, the students and faculty... Continue Reading →

Hulu’s Books of Blood

Clive Barker is pure horror brilliance. Anyone who loves horror knows this. I devoured many of his books as a teen, and his Books of Blood series was one of my first experiences of his gory world of sin and horror. There are six volumes to immerse yourself in the vision we've come to know... Continue Reading →

The Antenna Transmits the Horrific

Protecting our rights has become a daily occurrence for many lately, from people who refuse rules created for their own good to those who fight against bureaucracy built to keep the masses in check. In Orçun Behram’s debut feature film The Antenna, unsuspecting citizens in a dystopian society fall prey to the powers that be.... Continue Reading →

Cinema Throwback: RAW at the Royal

Growing up is difficult for most. Learning who you are, what influences you, and nurture versus nature all factor in developing as a human being. When family secrets and dysfunction come into play, the “coming of age” process becomes much more complicated. Julia Ducournau’s film Raw takes these factors with a female perspective, creating a... Continue Reading →

Too Many Roadblocks in Shortcut

Monsters and teens go hand in hand when it comes to horror, and Alessio Liguori gives us both in his latest film, Shortcut. Five classmates traveling on a school bus have to make a detour when the road is blocked. After the bus driver Joe (Terence Anderson) finds a side road,  it comes with dead... Continue Reading →

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