Category: science fiction

TAD review: shorts in Space and Myrna the Monster

When it comes to short films, I tend to favour comedy over other genres. It’s the perfect medium to tell a joke and deliver a punchline—short of stand-up comedy—and it often doesn’t require complicated or expensive special effects. Take Movies In Space, for example, which is my favourite in this year’s Toronto After Da...

TAD review: Synchronicity and Lazer Team come up short

Like the first two games of the ALCS, Friday night’s sci-fi double feature of Synchronicity and Lazer Team at Toronto After Dark was a bust. Synchronicity is a convoluted and plodding effort about a caffeine-and-coked-out physicist’s attempts to manufacture a wormhole that bends space-time. Heavily influenced by ...

TAD festival preview: Knights, zombies and A Christmas Horro...

El Bosque Negro. Black Forest. That’s reason one why I’ll be checking out this afternoon’s shorts program at Toronto After Dark. I have no idea what the story is about (the trailer, above, is in Spanish and doesn’t have subtitles), other than it has knights and wildling warriors (Harii perhaps) and th...

Michael Ironside and Rooster Teeth save the world at TAD Day...

I’m still recovering from opening night’s double feature of Tales of Halloween and The Hallow (especially latter), but that doesn’t mean I’ve got time to chill. We’ve only just begun. White lace and promises, and all that. Tonight we’ve got Michael Ironside (Scanners, Total Recall, S...

Toronto After Dark best bets

It’s hard to believe that the Toronto After Dark Film Festival has been killing it for a decade, now. Doesn’t seem that long ago that TAD founding dynamo Adam Lopez bounded into my old office at NOW Magazine to talk about this Frankensteinian genre festival he was stitching together. A true passion project for Lopez,...

End of the Snark Age

The late film critic Roger Ebert used to host special screenings during which he would lead the audience in dissecting a film scene-by-scene, shot-by-shot. Dubbed “democracy in the dark,” there was only one rule: anybody could call out “Stop!” and discuss what they were looking at, or whatever thought had j...

“I think this guy’s a couple cans short of a six-pack”

So what are we doing here? I mean, I know what you’re probably thinking: Another movie site? Frankly, I’m asking myself the same thing. I stepped away from film journalism the last couple of years, partly by choice and partly due to the shrinking—and undervalued—freelance market. I didn’t even attend last year’s Toront...