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WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL: THE DARKEST MOVIE MOMENTS ON THE STARRIEST SLOPES
by Jason Whyte
"In its seventeenth year in the mighty year of Twenty Seventeen, the Whistler Film Festival moves forward with what is sure to be another unforgettable year held in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Whether you are a local or, like me, eagerly travelling to this festival in search of the next great movie, WFF has always been a celebration of both cinema and talent in this little village of ski, Australian/New Zealand expats and finding out where the next party is at. And a run at Zog's Dogs for those grilled onions and a Beaver Tail." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: "WE ALL GO A LITTLE MAD SOMETIMES
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene," "Mayhem," "The Square" and "Tragedy Girls"" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: BAD MOMS, WORSE MOTHERS
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "A Bad Moms Christmas," "LBJ," "Novitiate" and "Princess Cyd."" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: THE SAW IS DEATH.
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "All I See is You," "Faces Places" and "Jigsaw."" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Amityville: The Awakening," "Jungle" and "Killing Gunther"" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: BROOKLYNN RISING
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "The Florida Project," "Happy Death Day" and "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women"" (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: MEET BEAU DICK - MAKER OF MONSTERS DIRECTOR NATALIE BOLL
by Jason Whyte
""MEET BEAU DICK - MAKER OF MONSTERS is a rare and intimate look into the life of one of Canada's legendary artists Beau Dick. The film takes you through his past experiences, the people and places that shaped himself as an artist, community leader, and activist." Director Natalie Boll on MEET BEAU DICK which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: MAINELAND DIRECTOR MIAO WANG
by Jason Whyte
""MAINELAND is a coming of age film that follows a boy and a girl from China's wealthy elite as they settle into a boarding school in a small town in Maine. They are part of the enormous wave of "parachute students" who are sent alone to a boarding school in a foreign country. The film weaves between verite scenes and lyrical cinematic sequences. While told through personal stories and anchored in the universal theme of growing up as awkward teenagers in high school, the film illuminates many larger timely and relevant contexts such as China slash U.S. relations, education, and immigration." Director Miao Wang on MAINELAND which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: ARMED WITH FAITH DIRECTOR ASAD FARQUI
by Jason Whyte
""The men of the KPK BDU unit defuse terrorist planted bombs in the region, often using just their bare hands. "Indispensable" gets up close and personal with two bomb technicians and their commander as they defend their homeland from terrorists spurred by the war in Afghanistan and drone strikes in region. Ironically, the KPK BDU battle men who look like them, speak their language, share the same faith, and even come from their villages. Our characters are a window into a larger investigation of the American led war that has raged on for nearly 15 years and claimed over 50,000 civilian lives. Viewers will have unprecedented access to the legacy of devastation the conflict has wrought in the region where the battle is taking place and from where the modern face of warfare originates." Director Asad Farqui on ARMED WITH FAITH which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)
VIFF 2017 INTERVIEW: DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS DIRECTOR PHIL GRABSKY
by Jason Whyte
""He is arguably the most popular artist alive today and certainly justifies the title of 'great artist'. David Hockney has just turned 80 but has lost none of his energy, creativity and humour; all of which are in ample display in a gorgeous film that centres on two landmark shows in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London." Phil Grabsky on DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival." (more)

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