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Friday, August 18, 2017

Sean Kelly

Blindspot: Canada 150: Roadkill

This month I watched 1989's Roadkill, which is one of the earliest films from "Toronto New Wave" director Bruce McDonald. After rock band Children of Paradise disappear while on tour, promoter Roy Seth (Gerry Quigley) sends intern Ramona (Valerie Buhagiar) to track them down in Sudbury. However, Ramona soon loses track of the band and has to find them before their big show in Thunder Bay. Along the way, Ramona comes across a wide variety of characters, including documentary filmmaker Bruce Shack (Bruce McDonald), aspiring serial killer Russell (Don McKellar), and mute weenie boy Mathew (Shaun Bowring).

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sean Kelly

Lost Episode Fest 2017: 68 Kill

An apparently simple robbery leads to murder and a kidnapping in 68 Kill. Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) is deeply in love with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord), despite the fact that she is a bit on the crazy side and regularly visits a sugar daddy named Ken (David Maldonado). When Liza finds out that Ken has $68,000 stashed away, she convinces Chip to go with her to steal it. However, robbery quickly goes awry, as Liza ends up killing Ken and his wife in cold blood and kidnaps witness Violet (Alisha Boe). Frightened by Liza's violent behaviour, Chip ends up going on the run with the money and rescues Violet from the trunk. The two have to figure out how to escape Liza's wrath and move on to a better life.

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Sean Kelly

Lost Episode Fest 2017: Bad Girl

A teenage troublemaker develops a dangerous friendship with her neighbour in Bad Girl. 17 year old Amy (Sara West) is not happy about moving into a display home in the Australian countryside designed by her adoptive father Peter (Benjamin Winspear) and mother Michelle (Felicity Price). On a short list for her delinquent behaviour, Amy develops a friendship (and attraction) to her neighbour Chloe (Samara Weaving), which seems to be the first step towards a new direction in Amy's life. However, Amy soon discovers that Chloe has anterior motives for their friendship.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Sean Kelly

Review: The Trip to Spain

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon go on their third culinary road trip in The Trip to Spain. Asked once again to write a series of restaurant reviews, Steve and Rob leave for a trip across Spain. For Rob, it's a chance to have a break from his busy family life with his wife Sally (Rebecca Johnson) and two children. Steve meanwhile is trying to build off of his Oscar nomination for Philomena and try to get a new screenplay produced. In addition, Steve is trying to rekindle a previous relationship with the now-married Mischa (Margo Stilley).

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2017 Wrap-Up

Today marks the final day of the the Fantasia International Film Festival. Even though I wasn't able to make it to Montreal this year, I still managed to do a fair bit of coverage, with me posting a nice even total of 12 reviews over the course of the last couple weeks. I'm planning to return to full coverage from Montreal next year, but I hope you enjoyed by condensed coverage of Fantasia.

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Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2017: The Night Watchmen

A group of security guards struggle to survive an attack by vampires (and clowns) in The Night Watchmen. A young rookie (Max Gray Wilbur) reports for his first day of duty as a night watchman at the Baltimore Gazette. Not bother to ask his name, the team of Ken (Ken Arnold), Jiggetts (Kevin Jiggetts), and Luca (Dan DeLuca) just end up calling the rookie Rajeeve due to the nametag on his hand-me-down shirt. It is a fairly eventless night, other than various employees, which includes Ken's crush Karen (Kara Luiz). However, when the body of Blimpo the Clown, who died under mysterious circumstances in Romania, is accidentally delivered to the building, it kicks of a night of terror.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Sean Kelly

TIFF17: TIFF Docs Thoughts

There is a eclectic line-up of films making up the TIFF Docs programme this year. Probably the biggest surprise of the bunch would be the World Premiere of Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, the follow-up to the documentary that introduced us all to Morgan Spurlock. The opening documentary film this year will be Sophie Fiennes' Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami about the Jamaican-born model and singer. The documentary programme will close with the North American premiere of Emmanuel Gras' Makala.

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