So, why is everyone watching dystopic films right now?

So, why is everyone watching dystopic films right now?

A bleak sci-fi flick isn't an information source—but if it's your emotional release, you're not alone.
Last week it was reported that Contagion—Steven Soderbergh’s nearly-decade-old drama about a global epidemic—climbed back into the iTunes top 10 movie rental charts.

Women Making Waves comes ashore

Three things you can learn at the 10th annual film and television conference.
Women Making Waves Mar 6-Mar 7 Hotel Halifax, 1990 Barrington Street $10-$150 see for details

Review: Sweet as Honeyland

Missed the recent local, sold-out screening of this award-winning documentary? Here's why it's still worth seeking out.
The documentary Honeyland tells a relatively minor story concerning a small group of individuals.

Ice Breakers shatters your idea of hockey history

A new documentary highlights the history of Black hockey players in the Maritimes—and explores how it resonates in 2020.
[Editor's note, April 3, 2020: As of late March, the National Film Board has released Ice Breakers on its website——for free streaming. Add it to your self-isolation watch list.]

Finding the Disappearance at Clifton Hill

A film entrenched in its sense of place makes a case for shooting local.
There have been movies casting Niagara Falls as a central setting, but none have quite captured the split personality of the kitschy tourist town quite like Disappearance at Clifton Hill. “I have some personal history with the city,” says Falls-bred filmmaker Albert Shin recently about his latest feature, opening February 28 at Cineplex Park Lane. “It’s not a neo-realist film about Niagara Falls but I thought the city itself, in its duality and with all its contradictions, were ripe for a cinematic treatment.”

The Halifax Black Film Festival gets reel

“We’re using the film festival to change the world.”
Halifax Black Film Festival Feb 28-Mar 1 Cineplex Park Lane 5657 Spring Garden Road and Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road

Golden opportunities

Where to catch up on the Oscar's hottest flicks in HRM.
Catching up on all the hottest Oscar flicks?

Gabrielle Zilkha is Queering The Script

The filmmaker's latest documentary highlights the hidden history of queer women on TV.
Shipping. Bury your gays.

The Handmade Film Collective proves DIY does it better

A screening of analogue flicks that shows how personal going to the movies can be.
Handmade Film Screening from Coast to Coast Tue Jan 28, 7-9pm The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street Free

Review: Little Women makes big noise

The magic is in the details—like the soundtrack of music and laughter and whispers—that makes Gerwig's take on the classic story so appealing.
There is never a quiet moment in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.

The Lighthouse nominated for Best Cinematography Oscar

The Nova Scotia-shot flick is director Robert Eggers' first nod from The Academy.
While yesterday Vice said it was surprising Robert Eggers' second major feature, The Lighthouse, only got one Oscar nod, Nova Scotia's film industry will take it, thanks, as a sign that good things are ready to keep coming (and being filmed) in this province. As Matt Likely, who helped with set creation on the flick, said to The Coast in September, after the film tax credit vanished in 2015, the prospect of working on a major Hollywood picture like this felt like a thing of the past: "We lost a lot of crew to other places—mostly Toronto.

Francois Girard’s The Song of Names plays on

The Canadian filmmaker’s latest uses classical music to reclaim history.
The Song Of Names

New Eden, who dis

The true-crime mockumentary about a women’s-only cult that promises to be your next TV binge.
In a year where their actions keep making us ask "why are men?"; As we keep sharing clickbait stories about women's-only villages with the caption "where do I sign up?"—we need New Eden.

Syd Stone rolls on with new web series

The beloved Halifax short film telling the story of a closeted heartthrob returns.
The story of closeted gay movie star Syd Stone—brought to life in the acclaimed 2014 short film I Am Syd Stone—is set to continue in a new, expanded format. 

The week in Nova Scotia film

Local shoots, national debuts and more excitement for movies made here.
It's been a good week for movie-makers across the province, as two of the most hyped-about recent local productions—that'd be Stage Mother and Spinster—debuted on the film fest circuit this week. Stage Mother, Thom Fitzgerlad's latest, follows a religious choir member as she inherits a drag club from her estranged son.

Who Let the Dogs Out now available on iTunes

Bring the "WHO, WHO, WHO, WHO" or "WOOF, WOOF, WOOF, WOOF" debate home.
At this year's FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, a deep dive into the backstory of The Baha Men's biggest hit debuted. Who Let the Dogs Out, as we reported back in September, traces the titular tune from Trinidad to Texas: "For some inexplicable reason, and god bless him for it, narrator Ben Sisto threw himself into intense research of the song after reading its unsatisfactory Wikipedia entry," wrote Stephanie Johns back around FIN.

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