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Fantasia Film Festival 2022’s 15 Top Picks to Feast Upon

5 Jul

Fantasia Film Festival

Fantasia Film Festival is back as an in-person event in 2022! There’s over 80 films being offered during the course of the two week event in Montreal, Quebec, and if I was to average two a day, that’s barely scratching the surface. There’s also all the special events, panels, and  shorts to consider and they will be held at the Concordia Hall,  J.A. de Sève cinemas, the Cinémathèque Québécoise, Cinéma du Musée and McCord Museum.

Ticket pre-sales will open at the end of this week, on July 9, 1:00 EST, and people travelling this event might want to consider booking their hotels now. Anyone still concerned about the pandemic are advised to still wear face masks and use personal descretion until the Health Authority declares otherwise.

Polaris-movie-film-action-revenge-2022-Viva-Lee-Fantasia-posterThe film to begin the festivities is Polaris, a Canadian sci-fi eco-adventure and I get the feeling its a work that’ll rival the cult film, Turbo-Kid (2015). I’m glad to say that I got the early bird ticket on a few flicks.  One work I admire is The Witch 2: The Other Side (review link), which received limited screenings across North America courtesy of Well GO USA. Another is The Girl From The Other Side which first screened at Fantasia 2019 as a short, and this year, it’s been expanded to a feature length movie! It’s a parable that I throughly enjoyed (review link) when it played at the Los Angeles Asian Film Festival a few months ago. All the detailing in this work really must be seen on the big screen!

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The Flying Sailor Makes It’s Explosive Debut with The NFB at Annecy 2022

11 Jun

The NFB at Annecy 2022

The National Film Board of Canada has three short films at this year’s Annecy Film Festival (June 13th to 18th) )competition. They are The Flying Sailor by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby; Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics by Terril Calder and Magical Caresses: Sweet Jesus by Lori Malépart-Traversy. The first of the three is making its world premiere and the other two have been available for at least a year. In what’s offered is a highlight reel of what women producers/content creators can express concerning reflections on existence, identity and sexuality.

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Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy is More than a Charming Tribute to Speilberg

6 May

MaikaPlaying at the LAAPFF 2022 at the Directors Guild of America on May 7, 2022 12:15 pm (buy tickets)

Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy is a fun Vietnamese movie that will be very familiar to anyone who knows Steven Spielberg’s work. It’s not meant to be thoughtful, but instead has fun with the boy meets alien girl concept. It’s also considered this country’s first family friendly created content that’s playing at specific film festivals before a wider release.

The story focuses on how Hung (Phu Truong) is having a rough go at life. He’s lost his mom to cancer and alhough that was over a year ago, his father doesn’t understand his boy. He tries to make ends meet to support them both.

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Celebrate Good Times, not Bad with Kodomobanpaku

6 May

KodomobanpakuWhen life in Japan gets too stressful, perhaps all anyone can do is the Kodomobanpaku (こどもばんく). This wonderful Japanese drama by Norikazu Oda shows what children can do when life gets them down, and they’re wanting to do something about it. Instead of grieving, they want to escape by being at a fun spring festival. In this film’s case, it marked the start of the online portion of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

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Good News for Fan Expo Vancouver 2022

17 Feb

Superman & Lois - Rotten Tomatoes

Runs: Feb 19 – 21, 2022

Fan Expo Vancouver will soon be upon us, and although there’s been adjustment to the guest lineup, this BC Family Day long weekend ought to be good. We’re going to see the two generations of superheroics get together! Not only are the cast of Superman and Lois here–Tyler Hoechlin (Clark Kent), Bitsie Tulloch (Lois Lane) and Ian Bohen (Mitch Anderson) will be with Jordan Elsass (Jonathan Kent) and Alexander Garfin (Jordan Kent)–but also we have a Smallville reunion of sorts! Tom Welling and Erica Durance are together again!

The latest health guidelines announced earlier this week revealed great news for those concerned. This show can run at full capacity. All that’s required for attendees is to show their vaccine card and wear face covering. Con crud can still be passed along, and that’s not an enjoyable sickness to go through.

The following lists in how to make the most of this show and what Terminal City offers comes from past guides. This includes an updated list of dining options for those wondering what to do in the city.

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