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When the Hero Takes a Fall — Crave

Self-perception is a tenuous thing. Everybody wants to think of themself as a good person, even when they do bad things. And especially if they do these bad things for good reasons. This is the slippery conceit explored in Crave, the darkly comic first feature from director Charles de Lauzirika. Crave follows Aiden (Josh Lawson), [...]

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Not Quite Like Father Like Son — Antiviral

In Antiviral, director Brandon Cronenberg has created a world that’s just left of reality. Though it’s a world filled with technologies that don’t exist (yet) and populated with people with desires that don’t exist (yet), it’s absolutely recognizable and totally believable. And that might be the most disturbing thing about this film. After premiering at [...]

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Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Surgically — American Mary

When directing team Jen and Sylvia Soska first emerged from the Canadian tundra (well, metropolitan Vancouver, anyway) bearing a bunch of talent and a bedraggled little low-budget feature called Dead Hooker in a Trunk, they were an unknown entity. My, how times have changed. Thanks to a relentless touring schedule, a gift for self-promotion and [...]

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Brooke Lemke Talks ‘Safe Word’

Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote a piece about an upcoming web series by Brooke Lemke and Rachel Grubb titled Safe Word. The multi-episode series was being described with provocative words such as “fetish” and “taboo-laden,” so of course I was intrigued. Then, as so often happens, the project seemed to drop off the [...]

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