CIFF Review – Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

“They summoned Eurydice and gave her to him, but upon one condition: that he would not look back at her as she followed him, until they had reached the upper world. So the two passed through the great doors of Hades to the path which would take them out of the darkness, climbing up and…

CIFF Review – Parasite (2019)

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past few months then you have definitely heard all the chatter spreading through the inter webs concerning Parasite. The society and class thriller from the sharp mind of Bong Joon-ho is so many things (thriller, comedy, satire and subversive horror) all wrapped into one neatly wrapped…

CIFF Review – The August Virgin (2019)

The August Virgin is a Spanish film directed by Jonas Trueba who shares co-writing duties with lead actress Itsaso Arana. I saw this film on a blustery, chilly and snowy weekend… Worlds away from the sun drenched heat of Madrid as portrayed in the film. In that way it was like a brief refuge from…

CIFF Review – Greener Grass (2019)

Before I dig into this pastel hued nightmare let me just get a few things off my chest. I wanted to love Greener Grass so much, I can’t stress that enough. I saw the trailer and was intrigued; the twisted take on suburbia and the sun-drenched preppy fever dream were all waggling a finger for me…

CIFF Review – Another Child (2019)

Another Child is a South Korean drama directed by Kim Yoon-seok who also stars in the film as well. This was a bit of a sleeper on my original list for the festival, it looked to have promise and I was curious to see how the much exercised “affair” trope would be handled. What I can…

CIFF Review – Before You Know It (2019)

Before You Know It is the debut feature film from the writing duo of Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock who both star (Utt also serves as director) as close sisters with ying and yang personalities. Rachel (Utt) is the level-headed and practical one while Jackie (Tullock) is a free-spirit who finds humor in life. They…

Going to CIFF

This year I have the fantastic opportunity to cover the Calgary International Film Festival with Media Accreditation in Calgary, Alberta. I’m very excited as this will be my first film festival. The festival starts on the 18th and I plan to document all the films and events that I attend right here so stay tuned…

What I Saw in August

Hello everyone. It’s been awhile since my last posting with lots of time given to starting university this fall (English and Film Studies) as well as a big cross country move (USA 🇺🇸 to Canada 🇨🇦) . To get back in the swing of things I’ve thought to start a monthly post of what I…

Birthday Salutes – Ginger Rogers & Barbara Stanwyck

You could say that Rogers and Stanwyck had some pretty notable similarities when looking at their personalities. Sure we never saw Babs trip the light fantastic or Rogers fit comfortably as a film noir dame but both were actresses that felt like they could be one of your pals. The two of them shared a…

Warner Archive Sale Picks

One of the best times has come around again and that is the Warner Archive 4 for $44 sale which to any classic film collector is like Christmas. So to celebrate this Christmas in July I thought I would share some picks that have caught my eye and been on my wish-list that I pick…