Monday, April 24, 2017

Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2017: Let There Be Light

A group of scientists work towards making fusion a reality in Let There Be Light. Stars draw on a vast reservoir of energy and if that energy can somewhat be harnessed on Earth, it can provide clean power for generations. That is the theory behind nuclear fusion, which scientists around the world have been trying to develop since the 1940s. At the centre of the search for fusion is the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France, which the the nucleus to all the fusion research going on around the world.

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2017: Pecking Order

A club of New Zealand poultry breeders prepare their birds for the National Poultry Show in Pecking Order.  For then members of Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in New Zealand, breeding and displaying the best chickens has been the pride of the club for nearly 150 years. As preparations begin for the 2015 National Poultry Show, from infighting begins to develop between current president Doug Bain and younger members such as Mark Lilley and his teenage son Rhys. Despite the conflict, the members of the club strive to have the perfect chickens ready in time for the show.

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2017: PACmen

The men behind Dr. Ben Carson’s failed bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination are followed in PACmen. Political Action Committees or Super PACs are fundraising organisations that back political candidates. Two Super-PACS, Extraordinary America and The 2016 Committee, make it there goal to make celebrity African-American neurosurgeon, particular after he showed prowess in a debate with President Obama. However, despite a strong start to the campaign, Carson's bid begins to fall apart as his political inexperience begins to show.

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2017: Bee Nation

A group of kids set out to participate in the first ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Bee Nation. First Nations students from across Saskatchewan are preparing to participate in the first ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee, with the winners getting a chance to participate in the Spelling Bee of Canada Nationals in Toronto. Among the participants are 9 year old William Kaysaywaysemat III, 12 year old Makayla Cannepotato, and 13 year old Alexander Johansson. The spelling bee is just one of the efforts to improve the education and future of First Nations kids in Canada.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2017: Highlights of the Fest

Hard to believe that we are only a few days away from the start of the 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. My advanced reviews will begin popping up tomorrow, but I thought I would start off by listing a few of the films that I am excited to see during the festival.

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Sean Kelly

Blindspot 2017: Canada 150: The Barbarian Invasions

The month I delved into The Barbarian Invasions, Denys Arcand's Oscar-winning follow-up to 1986's The Decline of the American Empire. Seventeen years after his womanizing ways brought an end to his marriage with Louise (Dorothée Berryman), Rémy (Rémy Girard) is terminally ill with cancer and bedridden in hospital. This results in Rémy's estranged son Sébastien (Stéphane Rousseau) to return to Montreal from London and care for his ailing father, despite his lingering anger about Rémy's many adulteries tearing up their family.

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Sean Kelly

Review: Free Fire

A arms deal devolves into a shootout in Free Fire. IRA members Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley) arrive at a warehouse in 1978 Boston to perform an arms deal, arranged by their intermediary Justine (Brie Larson). They are soon met by representative Ord (Armie Hammer), who leads them to conduct business with South African dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley). Despite a few hiccups, they seem to go smoothly in the deal, that is until Vernon's associate Harry (Jack Reynor) recognizes Frank's son Stevo (Sam Riley) from an altercation in a bar the night before. Guns are quickly drawn and the two sides find themselves facing off in a large scale gunfight, as the briefcase of money lies in the middle of the warehouse.

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