4 items from 2013
At some point in the creation of Carl Bessai’s Sisters & Brothers, someone (probably Bessai) chose to give the film’s visuals a comic book aesthetic without it ever becoming clear how that was in any way relevant to the subject matter at hand. It’s the first of many tonally inconsistent factors that make Sisters & Brothers such a mess, but when compared to the lackluster writing that feels like something a film school student should have rewritten half a dozen times more before committing it to screen, it’s clearly not the film’s biggest problem. The film’s only strength is a few talented actors thrown into a mix with others that can barely emote at all (Glee's Cory Monteith) or who are the epitome of over acting (Gabrielle Rose), but all of them are wasted on a film that can’t decide what it wants to be. »
- Lex Walker
"...'Grace' (Smith) had not spoken to her recently deceased father, the fabled Québécois filmmaker 'John Laurentian', in years. So even she's surprised when, on a trip to pick up some of his belongings, she offers to help put together a retrospective of his work.
"Not only has she not seen any of it (their rift was spectacularly traumatic), she knows nothing about curating. She's also a shut-in who rarely ventures outside the condo she shares with her husband, 'Ben' (Ben Cotton). Grace struggles along fitfully, dozing off while watching her father's movies (all of them involving love triangles), and discussing her inertia with her confidante, 'Clem' (Beals).
"Then she meets 'Adam' (Kett Turton), a neighbour who's an expert on all things Laurentian and offers to help her out. »
- Michael Stevens
Director: Atom Egoyan
Running Time: 82 Minutes
In his follow-up to 1984’s Next Of Kin, Atom Egoyan once again analysed the roles of family in modern society. Unlike its predecessor though, Family Viewing takes a much more complicated plot along with presenting the film in experimental ways. It’s certainly the work of a director still finding his voice as Egoyan tries out some new techniques, as well as elaborating themes with which he is confident.
Aidan Tierney plays Van, a young man whose family has been disjointed ever since his mother left. Van’s father Stan (Hemblen), lives with his new lover Sandra (Rose). While visiting his grandmother/Stan’s mother-in-law (Keklikian), Van meets Aline (Khanjian) a sex phone operator whose mother shares the same room at the nursing home. As their lives cross, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
A Groundhog Day-esque action drama, Repeaters is one of those films that will fly under the radar of many despite its impressive pedigree. Penned by Arne Olsen, who has one hell of a writing CV having worked on Red Scorpion, Cop and a Half and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie amongst many others, the film follows three troubled youths – Kyle, Sonia and Mike – at a drug-rehab center who, following an electric shock, end up repeating the same day over and over again. The trio quickly embrace their new gift, having all the fun they could ever want which includes committing crimes without any fear of reprisals. However once the fun starts to get a little too dangerous Kyle and Sonia decide they want to use their “gift” to help people, »
- Phil Wheat
4 items from 2013
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