Shudder Exclusive: We Are The Flesh (Tenemos la Carne)

Extreme cinema has its purpose, usually to tell a story in the most shocking manner to get a visceral response as we watch. While some directors use it for pure shock value, others reject the formulaic films cranked out of the incessant Hollywood machine. Some feel that extreme representation of brutality, sexuality, and gore is... 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 →

TIFF 2020: Underplayed

The world of a DJ is the world of imagination. Blending sounds to get the right beat, hitting the right pitch, and driving the crowd into a frenzy. As a twentysomething in the early 90s, I lived the life in Toronto’s warehouse scene. A friend who was DJ got me into the best after-hours parties... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2020: Shadow in the Cloud

Roseanne Liang turns the action film into a salute to female soldiers with a touch of horror with  Shadow in the Cloud. During World War II at an Aukland airbase, female flight officer Maude (Chloe Grace Moretz) must get on a plane. She has a package that needs to be safely delivered, and she won’t... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2020: Enemies of the State

Questions and conspiracies arise from one young man’s story of persecution in the intriguing documentary Enemies of the State. Matt DeHart was accused of being involved with child pornography in 2010, but his parents felt something else afoot. They thought the FBI was after their son because he was hiding sensitive information uploaded onto his... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2020: The Water Man

Actor David Oyelowo's love for 80s cinema like The Goonies and representation inspired his choice for his feature directorial debut. In The Water Man, he takes us on a heartfelt journey with a boy, legend, and renewed faith in family. Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) is a creative child that his father, Amos (David Oyelowo), doesn’t understand.... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2020: Trickster

If you‘ve lived your life in a bubble with one reality, what happens when the bubble bursts, and the person you trusted the most harbors a big secret? In the new CBC series Trickster, a young man’s life turns upside down once he finds his true origin story. Jared (Joel Oulette) is a decent kid.... Continue Reading →

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