Canadian film

Oil Sands Karaoke Review

Oil Sands Karaoke is a fun film with some great music that humanizes the often vilified faces of the men and women working in the oil sands.

Interview: Shandi Mitchell

Dork Shelf talks to Nova Scotia based writer and director Shandi Mitchell about her debut feature The Disappeared, about the differences between writing for publishing and film, her connection to the ocean, shooting on 16mm, and the recent cultural fascination with mortality under extreme conditions.

Interview: Daniel Perlmutter

We chat with TIFF 2009 Pitch This winner, writer and director Daniel Perlmutter, about his recently wrapped comedy Big News from Grand Rock, and his film’s lengthy gestation period, why his film is a throwback to the same kinds of stories his main character is trying to make newsworthy, reuniting with one of his Pitch This mentors for his leading man, and how time flies once the film starts rolling.

Cottage Country Review

The Canadian black comedy Cottage Country has all the potential elements for success: a beautiful locale, actors who can pull off great comedy, and a story with loads of potential on paper. Unfortunately, it never gels the way it should becoming oddly too sweet for the darkness to play with any real balance.

The Oxbow Cure Review

The quiet, unsettling, and visually mesmerizing Canadian independent The Oxbow Cure might be one of the most thoughtful genre films in recent memory. There isn’t another movie like this that’s come out this year, this decade, or possibly will ever be seen again. It's that unique.

Interview: Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas

We talked to the creative team behind the haunting new Canadian indie The Oxbow Cure, Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis, about getting the most out of a 22 page script, uncooperative weather, casting for a movie that only has one character on screen the entire time, populating the crew with other filmmakers, and crafting an ending that changes the direction of the movie that came before it.

Rufus Review

The Canadian vampire black comedy Rufus is a couple of rewrites away from something that could have been great. Instead it comes packaged with one of the sleaziest and slut-shaming love triangle subplots in recent memory that's totally unnecessary even from a plotting standpoint.

The Conspiracy Review

Starting out as a mockumentary blending actual looks at conspiracy theories grafted onto a fictionalized story played out by actors and then giving way to a subtler low budget kind of found footage film, The Conspiracy is an entertaining and clever odd duck.

Interview: Kris Booth

We talk to Canadian filmmaker and Halifax resident Kris Booth, one of the participants in the fan-supported CineCoup competition to get people to vote on a film to be granted a one million dollar budget and guaranteed theatrical distribution. We talk about his project Red Horizon, his own coup of landing legendary cinematographer Dean Cundey as his DP, and why he thinks CineCoup is vital to the future of Canadian cinema.

Old Stock Review

The Canadian comedy Old Stock might tip it's hat a bit heavily to American independent cinema of the past decade, but it's a charming breezy tale with sharp writing and great performances.

Picture Day Review

The Canadian independent teen sex comedy-drama Picture Day is like an oasis for those wanting something different than middling documentaries, slight local independent films, and overhyped blockbusters, featuring sharp writing and an excellent leading performance from Tatiana Maslany.

Interview: Rob Stewart

We talk to Canadian actor, documentarian, and unlikely celebrity (in Serbia, anyway) Rob Stewart about his autobiographical Slaughter Nick for President. He talks about what it was like to be welcomed as folk hero to many people who had nothing for playing a character on a show he never liked doing that much to begin with, and how he would never, ever take that love for granted.

I Declare War Review

The pitch-black coming of age comedy I Declare War is electrifying, terrifying, exciting, thoughtful, and undeniably entertaining to behold.