EIFF: ‘Novitiate’ is an Ambitious Take on Isolation in a Life Devoted to God

Novitiate, the feature-length debut of Sundance Film Festival’s Breakthrough Director winner, Maggie Betts, is a stylish and ambitious take on a historical moment in the transformation of Catholicism. The film, taking place mostly in 1964, is a coming-of-age tale following a young woman named Cathleen (Margaret Qualley), who decides to break away from her normal life in Tennessee to become a nun. Cathleen’s fixation with the … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Novitiate’ is an Ambitious Take on Isolation in a Life Devoted to God

EIFF: Andy Serkis’ Directorial Debut ‘Breathe’ Will Tear At Your Heartstrings

Breathe is a moving piece of storytelling that is able to snatch up its viewers within the last two acts. The first, feels like a sloppily edited chapter that reveals way too little about a character we’re supposed to feel empathetic towards. As the movie straggles along with charming British demeanour and jokes, the humanity of the piece is fleshed out in a stunning fashion. … Continue reading EIFF: Andy Serkis’ Directorial Debut ‘Breathe’ Will Tear At Your Heartstrings

EIFF: A Cold, Bleak Examination of a Grieving Couple Gives ‘Loveless’ Its Brutal Impact

There is something about Loveless, Russia’s official Best Foreign Language Film entry at the 90th Academy Awards, that feels different from any other thriller of its kind. Unlike films such as Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, a film which, while quite good, is more focused on telling a similar story that is more primarily driven by the emotion of the scenario, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s follow up to Leviathan … Continue reading EIFF: A Cold, Bleak Examination of a Grieving Couple Gives ‘Loveless’ Its Brutal Impact

Injury Reserve Broaden Their Already Eclectic Sound on ‘Drive It Like It’s Stolen’

Injury Reserve is an Arizona-based hip-hop trio consisting of emcees Ritchie With a T and Stepa J. Groggs and producer Parker Corey. Drive It Like It’s Stolen is their latest EP, though they have been making waves in the underground for the past couple of years with Live from the Dentist Office (2015) and Floss (2016). The dentist theme stemmed humorously from the fact that … Continue reading Injury Reserve Broaden Their Already Eclectic Sound on ‘Drive It Like It’s Stolen’

EIFF: ‘Romantic Road’ is a Delightful Documentary About Love and Adventure

Plenty of Oliver McGarvey’s documentary, Romantic Road, revolves around the bond between married couple, Rupert and Jan Grey, as they travel around India in his father’s 1936 Rolls Royce. However, the title is also a nod to how the Greys, and McGarvey in turn, often, but not always, romanticize the country they travel through, the people they meet along the way, the bonds that they … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Romantic Road’ is a Delightful Documentary About Love and Adventure

Lights Breathes New Life Into Her Music On ‘Skin&Earth’

In April, multi-talented alternative pop artist Lights teased fans on her social media about a new era, following the release of Little Machines three years ago. Her hair now a brightly-coloured hue of red, she unveiled not only a new album, but a comic to accompany her new music. Fast forward to September, Lights’ new album, Skin&Earth, is finally here.  The comic, written and drawn by Lights … Continue reading Lights Breathes New Life Into Her Music On ‘Skin&Earth’