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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Le Choc du Futur

Marc Collin has been a musician for 30 years but has always had a passion for filmmaking. He finally took the plunge with his first film, Le Choc du Futur (The Shock of the Future), a love letter to women in the electronic music world. Ana (Alma Jodorowsky) is a musician living in Paris in... Continue Reading →

The Giant

Life changes and loss of innocence are difficult when you’re growing up, especially when your world relies on a small, close-knit group. In David Raboy’s The Giant, tragedy makes life a surreal dream for one girl as her world changes. Charlotte (Odessa Young) is graduating from high school. She lives in a small town with... Continue Reading →

The Old Ways

When a Mexican-American reporter goes back to her hometown to investigate local tribes, she gets more than she bargained for with a battle between good and evil in Christopher Alender's first feature film, The Old Ways. Cristina (Brigitte Kali Canales) is a modern woman, a reporter, and someone with a strange history. As a child... Continue Reading →

His House

In Remi Weekes’ His House, asylum seekers escape their horrific past only to endure ghostly specters in their new-found future. Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) and Bol (Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù) have endured a nightmare to reach the shores of the U.K. After a life or death decision to escape their Sudanese town, the couple desperately needs to stay... Continue Reading →

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 →

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