TIFF 2021: Kicking Blood

Image courtesy of TIFF Director Blaine Thurier and his co-writer Leonard Farlinger give us a dryly humorous vampire film in the wintery world of Kicking Blood. Anna (Alanna Bale) is a young woman who works in a library. She is friendly with Bernice (Rosemary Dunsmore), an ailing older woman, the only real friend she seems... Continue Reading →

My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To

Jonathan Cuartas's debut feature My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To cuts deep into a world of family ties, classic lore and sacrifice. Thomas (Owen Campbell) has a doting brother Dwight (Patrick Fugit) and an overbearing sister Jessie (Ingrid Sophie Schram), taking care of him like helicopter parents. The reason being that Thomas... Continue Reading →

Climate of the Hunter

It’s the late 70’s and sisters Alma (Ginger Gilmartin) and Elizabeth (Mary Buss) get together at the family cabin in the woods. Alma has decided to stay there after dealing with some mental health issues, and Elizabeth has come for a visit. Their childhood friend, Wesley (Ben Hall), has also come to stay at his... Continue Reading →

Longing and Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch is an interesting man.  I don't claim to be an expert on him by any means, but  films like Stranger Than Paradise and The Limits of Control left me loving the feel and scope of his vision, getting an almost artistic buzz after watching them.  My favourite Jarmusch film hands down is Ghost Dog:  The... Continue Reading →

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