Reviews of film and video

Searching for Sugar Man Directed by Malik Bendjelloul Empire Theatre, 3980 Shelbourne Street Reviewed by Lynne Van Luven “Thank you for keeping me alive,” Sixto Diaz Rodriguez says to the ecstatic South African crowd. The words capture a triumphal moment in the documentary Searching for Sugar Man. If you don’t manage to see it at […]

Midnight’s Children Directed by Deepha Mehta Screenplay by Salman Rushdie and Deepa Mehta Preview: Odeon Theatre, Nov. 1, 2012 Reviewed by Lynne Van Luven I’ve always said that Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie’s 1981 book about India’s independence, is the best novel the author has ever written. So you’d expect me to come away from the […]

Adventures of a TIFF First Timer By Connor Gaston After being exposed to UVic’s student film festival in 2010, I thought, Hmm, maybe I can do that. In the summer of 2011, I shot my first short, Shoulda Coulda. It got in the following year and, to top it off, received “best director”—but I was […]

By Matthew “Gus” Gusul If I were to re-visit the 2010 version of myself he would never believe that in two short years, he would be writing an article about Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. In 2010, when I was first forced to watch the movie by my wife and brother-in-law, I assumed (and hoped) I […]


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September 4, 2012

Directed by: S. Shankar. Starring: Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rei. 2010 Sun Pictures. In Tamil with English subtitles.           When I was growing up on Montreal’s South Shore, a trip to the local Indian grocer was always a treat. It was one of the few connections my sister and I had to […]

Directed by Michael Ostroff Reviewed by Frances Backhouse   Like many contemporary British Columbians, I can’t hike on the West Coast without Emily Carr ghosting along beside me. I don’t even realize she’s there until suddenly a shaft of light strikes a cedar in just the right way and the scene before me transforms into […]