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 Vigil

There are ceremonies around death in every culture that requires obligation and respect of traditions. Some may bring up past traumas, and we see this in Keith Thomas' The Vigil. Yakov (Dave Davis) is an awkward young man coping with the faith he left and something from his past that breaks his very core. He... Continue Reading →

Safer at Home Needs Renovations

Filmmaking has been forced to make a shift due to restrictions presented by the pandemic. With the 2020 breakout film Host by Rob Savage, the video call has become an essential tool for creating content to keep the film industry afloat. Safer at Home is a film that also uses the video call as a... Continue Reading →

Test Pattern Adjusts the Picture of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is never an easy subject to approach cinematically. It's hard to convey the anguish and violation without sensationalizing the event, and the aftermath can often be lost in dramatic embellishment for the most part. Shatara Michelle Ford attempts to change the perspective with her award-winning first feature film, Test Pattern. Renesha (Brittany S.... Continue Reading →

The Rapture of Saint Maud

What is our purpose in life? Is it to care for others? Do good work to help humanity? And what if an already fragile psyche creates its own support system amidst this existential uncertainty? Writer and director Rose Glass presents this premise in her first feature, Saint Maud. Maud (Morfydd Clark) is a private care... Continue Reading →

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