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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sean Kelly

Review: In the Name of All Canadians

Presented by Hot Docs, in commemoration of Canada's 150th anniversary and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, In the Name of All Canadians is a compilation of six short documentaries, each focused on a different aspect of the charter.

In Part (Khoa Lê) features a wide variety of Canadians being asked a series of questions. L'inspecteur (Jérémie Wookey, Janelle Wookey and Annick Marion) sees a number of people recalling the time when it was forbidden to teach French in Manitoba. Long Way Home (Ariel Nasr and Aisha Jamal) tells the story of Abousfian Abdelrazik, a black Muslim man, who found himself imprisoned in Sudan for years without being charged. Notwithstanding (Patrick Reed and Andréa Schmidt) presents a number of scenarios, where the Charter's notwithstanding clause can be used to the detriment of other rights. Last Resort (Vivian Belik and Jennifer Bowen-Allen) follows the efforts of the Ktunaxa Nation in B.C. to prevent development of a ski resort on the sacred glacier Qat’muk. Finally, Lessons Injustice (Karen Chapman) has a black father pondering how he will tell his son that his rights will likely be violated by authorities, just because of the colour of his skin.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sean Kelly

Review: Transformers: The Last Knight

It's a battle for Earth or Cybertron in Transformers: The Last Knight. Following the departure of Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) back to Cybertron, Transformers are being hunted down and the Autobots are hiding out in a junkyard with Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg). After helping out street-smart homeless teenager Izabella (Isabela Moner), Cade is summoned to the home of historian Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins) and is joined by Oxford professor Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock). Burton explains that Transformers have been coming to Earth for generations and that the key lies with a staff from the time of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Cade and Viviane have to find the staff and use it to stop the planet Cybertron, which is on a collision course with Earth.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Sean Kelly

Review: The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

Errol Morris documents the career of photographer Elsa Dorfman in The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography. Elsa Dorfman is a "nice Jewish woman," who found herself partaking in a career as a photographer in New York of the mid-1960s, with Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg being some of her most notable subjects. For most of her career, Elsa Dorfman became most well known for her 20x24 Polaroid portraits. Now retired following the discontinuation of Polaroid film, Dorfman goes through her archives and recounts her career.

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Sean Kelly

Podcast: Interviews - WTFilm Fest 2017 - She's Allergic to Cats

To coincide with the film's Toronto premiere this weekend at What The Film Festival 2017, here is the interview I conducted at Fantasia 2016 with the people behind the very weird She's Allergic to Cats.
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Sean Kelly

WTFilm Fest 2017: She's Allergic to Cats

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of Fantasia 2016

A Hollywood dog groomer aspires to be a filmmaker, while courting the girl of his dreams in She's Allergic to Cats. Michael Pinkney (Michael Pinkney) is dog groomer in Hollywood, who spends his free time making experimental video art and dream of making an all-cat remake of Carrie. On the job, Michael meets Cora (Sonja Kinski), who turns out to be the girl of his dreams.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sean Kelly

Blindspot 2017: Canada 150: C.R.A.Z.Y.

With it being Pride Month in Canada, culminating with this weekend's Toronto Pride Parade, I figured that an appropriate selection for this month's Blindspot would be Jean-Marc Vallée's 2005 breakthrough film C.R.A.Z.Y. Born on Christmas Day to conservative Christian parents Gervais (Michel Côté) and Laurianne (Danielle Proulx), Zachary Beaulieu (Marc-André Grondin) is the second youngest of a family of five boys. As a kid, Zac had a close relationship with his father, but it began to dissipate as Zac showed signs that he was possibly homosexual. Over the years, Zac tries to repress him homosexual nature and even begins seeing a girl named Michelle (Natasha Thompson). However, Zac soon comes to accept who he really is.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sean Kelly

Toronto Smartphone Film Festival 2017: 9 Rides

An Uber driver picks up nine passengers on a busy New Year's Eve in 9 Rides. It is the busiest night of the year and an Uber driver (Dorian Missick) is working on New Year's Eve to earn enough money for this upcoming wedding. Over the course of the night, the driver picks up nine rides, the encounters with which results in him contemplating the current state of his life and relationship.

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