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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sean Kelly

Review: A Ghost Story

The ghost of a man observes life in his home following his death in A Ghost Story. C (Casey Affleck) is a musician living in an old house with his wife M (Rooney Mara). C tragically dies in a car accident and reemerges as a white sheet covered ghost. C's ghost returns to his house and observes as M grieves his loss. However, M soon overcomes her grief and moves out, leaving C's ghost alone at the house to observe the lives the house's subsequent occupants.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Sean Kelly

Blindspot 2017: Canada 150: Bollywood/Hollywood

It's a bit of a lighthearted pick for me this month, as I chose to watch Deepa Mehta's 2002 Indo-Canadian romantic comedy Bollywood/Hollywood. Rahul Seth (Rahul Khanna) is a rich Indian man in Toronto, who is essentially blackmailed by his family to find an Indian girl to marry, or else his younger sister Twinky (Rishma Malik) can't go through with her marriage. Still reeling from sudden death of his white pop star girlfriend Kimberly (Jessica Paré), Rahul decides to hire Sue (Lisa Ray), as escort he meets in a bar, to pretend to be his fiance. However, what begins as a ruse quickly turns real, as Rahul and Sue begin to fall for each other. However, Rahul is afraid that Sue's past as an escort would same his family if they found out.

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Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2017: Replace

A woman seeks a cure for her rapidly aging skin in Replace. Kira Mabon (Rebecca Forsythe) is a young woman, who is afraid of growing old. Following a date with her boyfriend Jonas (Sean Knopp), Kira finds herself back at his apartment with no memory of recent history. In addition, she has noticed that her skin is starting to dry up and peel away. Kira seeks the help of skincare doctor Rafaela Crober (Barbara Crampton), who wants time to perform tests on Kira's skin. However, Kira finds that her body is able to absorb foreign skin, which results in her taking extreme measures to maintain her young and beautiful appearance.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2017: Punk Fu Zombie

A zombie apocalypse breaks out immediate after Quebec separates from Canada in Punk Fu Zombie. Thanks to the efforts of Charles Maurice (Stéphane Messier), Quebec has finally gained independence from Canada. However, it came at a major price, as the undead began rising. Twenty years later, the land has been divided into two warring district and Charles sends his son Zak (Xavier Dumontier) to fulfill his prophecy to save Quebec. Along the way, Zak encounters a tribe of anarchist ninjas lead by Lilly (Kim de Falc) and PCP (Kaven Dion), the human embodiment of the devil.

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Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2017: The Night of the Virgin

A young virgin gets more than he bargained for one New Year's Eve in The Night of the Virgin. Nico (Javier Bódalo) was dragged to a New Year's Eve party by friends and desperate to find a girl to take his virginity. Nico attracts the attention of Medea (Miriam Martín), who takes him home to her apartment. It seems that Nico has finally gotten lucky, despite Medea's obsession with a goddess named Naoshi and the cup of blood in the bathroom. However, things start to go awry when Medea's ex-boyfriend Spider (Víctor Amilibia) begins angrily knocking on the door. It also turns out that Medea had ulterior motives for picking up Nico.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sean Kelly

Review: Dunkirk

Thousands of soldiers seek rescue during World War II in Dunkirk. During the Second World War, 400,000 British and French soldiers are surrounded by the enemy on a beach in the town of Dunkirk, located in the north of France. The attempted evacuation of the soldiers are told from three perspectives. On land, told over the course of a week, British army private Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) tries to secure a trip back home, accompanied by fellow soldier Gibson (Aneurin Barnard). On the sea, told over the course of a day, Mr Dawson (Mark Rylance) takes out his fishing boat with his son Peter (Tom Glynn-Carney) and teenage hand George (Barry Keoghan) to answer the call for civilian help at Dunkirk, with the three rescuing a traumatized soldier (Cillian Murphy) along the way. Finally, in the air, told over the course of an hour, Spitfire pilots Farrier (Tom Hardy) and Collins (Jack Lowden) provide air support for the stranded soldiers.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2017: Bitch

A selfish man has to figure out what to do after his wife devolves into a canine state in Bitch. Jill (Marianna Palka) is a mother of four children, who is silently suffering at the actions of her husband Bill (Jason Ritter), who works long hours and his having an affair with a coworker. However, Jill has gone missing one morning, leaving Bill to perform some parenting duties that he is not accustomed to. Bill soon finds out that Jill has somehow began acting like a dog and has started living in the basement. With the help of Jill's sister Beth (Jaime King), Bill tries to adjust to this unusual situation.

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