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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sean Kelly

Canada's Top Ten 2017: Unarmed Verses

A girl living in a community housing project learns to develop her own voice in Unarmed Verses. Francine Valentine is a teenage girl living with her father and grandmother in a community housing project in the north of Toronto, which is in the midst of a "revitalization" plan. Francine participates in a songwriting program put on by a local community organization and she slowly learns to come out of her shell.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Sean Kelly

Canada's Top Ten 2017: Allure

An emotionally unstable woman develops an unlikely connection in Allure. Laura Drake (Evan Rachel Wood) is a woman who struggles to find a connection in her life. Working as a house cleaner for her father William (Denis O'Hare), Laura begins working at the house of Nancy (Maxim Roy) and becomes infatuated with Nancy's 16 year old daughter Eva (Julia Sarah Stone). Eva, who is disillusioned by the way her mother treats her, ends up moving in with Laura. However, Laura is revealed to be a very emotionally unstable person, who won't let Eva leave out of fear of the consequences. Over time, the two end up a complex relationship that borders on love and hate.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sean Kelly

Review: All the Money in the World

An oil tycoon refuses to pay the ransom for his kidnapped grandson in All the Money in the World. John Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) is an incredibly successful oil tycoon, who made billions drilling and shipping oil from the Saudi desert. In 1973, Getty's 16 year old grandson John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) is kidnapped in Rome and Getty refuses to pay the $17 million ransom, despite the pleas from his estranged daughter-in-law Gail Harris (Michelle Williams). Instead, Getty assigns his security adviser, and former CIA agent, Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg) to negotiate with the captors.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Sean Kelly

Thought of the Moment: Canada's Top Ten 2017

The second episode of my Thought of the Moment podcast is now up on Patreon, which has me giving my thoughts on this year's Canada's Top Ten line-up.

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Sean Kelly

Canada's Top Ten 2017: LUK'LUK'I

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of TIFF 2017

The stories of five Vancouverites are told under the backdrop of the 2010 Winter Olympics in LUK'LUK'I. It's February 28, 2010 and the puck is about to drop on the Gold Medal hockey game between Canada and the USA. However, away from the spectacle of the Olympics, a number of individuals have their own experiences in the Downtown Eastside. These individuals includes mother and part-time sex worker Angel Gates, transgender celebrity Angela "Rollergirl" Dawson, heroin addicted landscaper Eric Buurman, the UFO obsessed Mark (Joe Dion Buffalo), and disabled man Ken (Ken Harrower). The experiences of these individuals stands in contrast to the Olympic circus going on around them.

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Sean Kelly

Canada's Top Ten 2017: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

This review was originally published as part of my coverage for Hot Docs 2017

The indigenous contributions to music history are revealed in Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. In 1907, the first recording of native music was made, since it was believed that the culture of the First Nation's community would disappear. However, as it turns out, the indigenous community have made quite on music history. From the influential rifts of Link Wray's to Jimi Hendrix's celebration of his Cherokee roots, the native influence permeates through music of all genres.

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Sean Kelly

Canada's Top Ten 2017: Les Affamés

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of TIFF 2017

A group tries to survive a zombie outbreak in a remote Quebec village in Les Affamés. A flesh-eating plague has broken out in Quebec and a small batch of survivors try to make to safety. These include Bonin (Marc-André Grondin), who is always cracking joke, Tania (Monia Chokri), who has a "dog bite" on her hand and is always carrying an accordion, and Zoé (Charlotte St-Martin), an orphaned girl rescued from her home. The three meet up with other survivors and try to come up with a plan to make it to safety.

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