Reviews of film and video

Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride Directed by Bob Christie Reel Queer Film Festival, Vic Theatre, Victoria June 30, 2013 Reviewed by Andrea Routley It was a quiet evening at the Vic Theatre, not surprising for a Sunday night in Victoria. Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride was the final screening at the first Reel […]


Girl Rising Thursday, June 20, 7 pm The Caprice Theatre, Victoria Sponsored by Dwight School Canada Admission by donation The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting […]


Stories We Tell Sarah Polley, Director Viewed at  the Available Light Film Fest February 4-10, 2013, Whitehorse, Yukon Reviewed by Nadine Sander-Green Stories We Tell is an experiment that went incredibly well. In her first documentary, Sarah Polley searches for the truth about her mother, an actress who died of cancer when Polley was eleven […]

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 […]