Splinters sticks with you

Why you need to watch Thom Fitzgerald's Annapolis Valley-shot instant-classic at Neptune this week.
Splinters Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street or stream online at neptuneathome.com Daily until Nov 8, 8pm; Nov 7-8 4pm & 8pm $10, neptunetheatre.com for tickets It’s the sort of full-circle synergy that almost feels too much like a plot device to be real life.

We asked a professional make-up effects artist how to paint your face for Halloween

Patrick Baxter has helped make some of the scariest on-screen faces of the past 20 years—now, he's here to tell you how to get ghoulish, stat.
Patrick Baxter has loved the magic of movie makeup since he was “six years old, when I saw Star Wars.

Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival announces lineup

A free, online version of the event hits your screen November 12-15.
The movie fest for die hard film fans—a place where you'll see flicks you won't find anywhere else—is back: Today, Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival is unveiling its full lineup for the all-online 2020 event, happening from November 12 to 15 at hiff.ca. "Though film is best experienced in a proper theatre, it’s also the most adaptable medium for home viewing.

Bone Cage breaks out

Taylor Olson's debut feature cleans up at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival.
When it comes right down to it, this year's FIN Atlantic International Film Festival belongs to Taylor Olson: The writer, actor and director debuted his first feature film—and biggest role to date—at the annual celebration of cinema, where the flick went on to score four out of seven festival awards. 

Andrea Dorfman and Tanya Davis teach us How To Be At Home

A new, animated short updates the viral film How To Be Alone for these unprecedented times.
“I think at the centre of all my work is that freedom that we find in the self, in the aloneness that we occupy as humans,” Andrea Dorfman told The Coast earlier this year, when discussing her new un-romantic comedy, Spinster. Hers has been a busy 2020, discussing the Chelsea Peretti film through its release.

Trapped inside a Bone Cage

Taylor Olson's debut feature tells the story of a man struggling within the confines of toxic masculinity.
Bone Cage at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival Streaming online until Sep 27 $9.99/$19.99, finfestival.ca Jamie works operating a wood processor, clear-cutting for pulp.

Climb aboard the Stage Mother ship

The feel-good film 2020 desperately needs explores true drag culture and queer identity.
Big hair, big makeup, big attitudes: It became clear to screenwriter Brad Hennig one day, while perusing his social media, that the drag queens and church ladies on his friends list weren’t so different after all.

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival announces its 2020 lineup

The 40th anniversary of the fest can be screened from home this September 17-24.
Thank god for that bulk box of popcorn you impulse-bought in early quarantine: Today, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival announced the lineup for its virtual festival, slated for September 17-24.

Susan Kent follows the lead

How Chelsea Peretti's right hand in the Halifax-shot Spinster is a one-woman revelation.
There’s this scene in Spinster—the new, north end-shot dramedy starring Chelsea Peretti—that will play on a loop in a quiet corner of your brain forever.

Latesha Auger's Journey is just beginning

The director—and Being Black In Halifax film program alumni—shares her "honest and resilient" storytelling.
How do we heal from a wound?

I Hear You: a medical drama that listens

The web series tells the "quiet side of medicine, where gender-oppressed people are dying."
I Hear You now streaming on ihearyouseries.com free The world doesn’t need another medical drama.

How Israel Ekanem rolls

The multi-hyphenate filmmaker has four shorts screening online at this week's Emerging Lens Film Festival.
Emerging Lens Film Festival 2020 June 10-14, 6:30-9pm themerginglens.com The edges of the word prolific aren’t enough of a border to contain Israel Ekanem’s volume of work.

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 womenmakingwaves.ca 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—NFB.ca—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.

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Halifax might not have a repertory cinema, but film in the city is far from silent.

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