Friday, February 24, 2017

Sean Kelly

Oscar 2017 Nominee Refresh

The Oscars are this Sunday and it is time once again for me to link back to my reviews of nominated films. Stayed tuned for my official Oscar predictions on Sunday.

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Sean Kelly

Blindspot 2017: Canada 150: Laurence Anyways

This month I look at what is arguably the breakthrough film for up-and-coming Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan. Laurence Alia (Melvil Poupaud) is a Montreal novelist and literature teacher, who's in a passionate relationship with Fred Belair (Suzanne ClĂ©ment). One day on her birthday, Laurence reveals to Fred that she is a transgender woman, who no longer wants to live out the lie of being a man. Over the next decade, Laurence goes through her transition, which results in strain and confusion in her relationship with Fred.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sean Kelly

Review: The LEGO Batman Movie

The LEGO Dark Knight sets out to protect Gotham City from The Joker in The LEGO Batman Movie. After foiling the latest plan by The Joker (Zach Galifianakis), Batman (Will Arnett) is shocked to discover that new commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) wants to de-emphasize Batman's vigilantism. In addition, Batman is shocked to discover that he inadvertently adopted orphan Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) and is encouraged by Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) to take responsibility. When The Joker frees the baddest supervillains from The Phantom Zone, Batman must learn to accept the help of others.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Sean Kelly

Review: My Scientology Movie

BBC journalist Louis Theroux sets out to make a film about Scientology in My Scientology Movie. The Church of Scientology is probably one of the most controversial organizations in the world. Combining spirituality and technology, Scientology is most well-known for the number of celebrities among its membership, most infamously Tom Cruise. Louis Theroux and director John Dowler set out to make a film about Scientology and they recruit former Inspector General Marty Rathburn to help recreate apparent violent events that happened within the organization. However, Theroux quickly finds out that Scientologists have started surveilling them.

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Sean Kelly

Review: XX

Four female filmmakers direct tales of terror in the anthology film XX. In Jovanka Vucokic's The Box, Susan (Natalie Brown) becomes concerned when her son Danny (Peter DaCunha) suddenly stops eating after peaking in a stranger's box, with the affliction slowly spreading to the other members of the family. In Annie Clark's The Birthday Party, Mary (Melanie Lynskey) is busy preparing for her daughter's birthday party. However, she makes a dark discovery, which she desperately tries to keep secret. In Roxanne Benjamin's Don't Fall, four friends go on a camping trip off the beaten past and discovery the consequences of trespassing on sacred ground. Finally, in Karyn Kusama's Her Only Living Son, Cora (Christina Kirk) is desperate to prevent the dark destiny for her 18 year old son Andy (Kyle Allen).

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sean Kelly

Review: Below Her Mouth

A Toronto fashion editor finds herself in a passionate lesbian affair in Below Her Mouth. Jasmine (Natalie Krill) is the editor of a fashion magazine, who is preparing for her upcoming marriage to her boyfriend Rile (Sebastian Pigott), who goes out of town for a few days. While out drinking with a friend, Jasmine finds herself in a lesbian bar, where she encounters Dallas (Erika Linder), who happen to be a roofer working on the house next door to Jasmine's. The two develop an attraction to each other, which soon turns into a passionate love affair. However, since Jasmine is supposed to be getting married, the question remains whether this connection will last.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Sean Kelly

Review: John Wick: Chapter 2

Lethal assassin John Wick is once again forced out of retirement in John Wick: Chapter 2. After tying up loose ends by recovering his stolen car from Russian gangster Abram Tarasov (Peter Stormare), John Wick (Keanu Reeves) prepares to once again retire from the life of an assassin. However, Wick is approached by Italian crime lord Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), who reminds Wick of the blood oath he made when he retired. Forced to accept an assassination job, Wick finds himself betrayed after the job's completion, with a price being put on the assassin's head.

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