Tag: Cancon

Podcast: Jason Pichonsky on Restoring Julian Roffman’s THE BLOODY BROOD (1959) + PHOBIA (1980)

Podcast: Jason Pichonsky on Restoring Julian Roffman’s THE BLOODY BROOD (1959) + PHOBIA (1980)

April 25, 2020 | By

Alongside a podcast with CanCon film historian Jason Pichonsky are revised reviews of Julian Roffman’s THE BLOODY BROOD (1959) + John Huston’s PHOBIA (1980), both from KINO Lorber / Unobstructed View.

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Podcast: ANNE WITH AN E composers Amin Bhatia & Ari Posner

Podcast: ANNE WITH AN E composers Amin Bhatia & Ari Posner

January 30, 2020 | By

Podcast interview with ANNE WITH AN E’s composing team Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner.

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BR: Changeling, The (1980)

BR: Changeling, The (1980)

October 13, 2018 | By

Even after the lengthy wave of 1980s gory drive-in shockers and the slasher craze (writer Gray penned the CanCon classiques Prom Night and Humungous; co-writer Diana Maddox The Amateur for the producers), The Changeling still retained respect from genre fans because of its unnerving story of a concert pianist…

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Patricia Rozema’s Singing Mermaids & White Room + Bonus Audio from NCFD 2018

Patricia Rozema’s Singing Mermaids & White Room + Bonus Audio from NCFD 2018

May 24, 2018 | By

Review of the CanCon classic I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) and much-maligned White Room (1990) + Q&A audio of director Patricia Rozema & journalist Kiva Reardon during National Canadian Film Day.

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DVD: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

DVD: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

May 24, 2018 | By

As Patricia Rozema recalls in her commentary track for the Miramax & Alliance DVD, she never expected her feature-length directorial debut to become a critically lauded work locally and abroad, but her tale of a young woman’s attraction to her boss and the worth of creative energy has enough heart and whimsy that it evolved over a relatively short time into a Canadian classic…

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DVD: White Room (1990)

DVD: White Room (1990)

May 24, 2018 | By

In 1990, precious critics felt betrayed after newcomer Patricia Rozema made not another charming comedy-drama like her debut, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987), but a kind of suspense drama with sudden jolts of light comedy and fantasy, culminating in a finale that didn’t please most audiences…

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Dear Guelda, Part 2: Julian Roffman Rediscovered in Print + Film

Dear Guelda, Part 2: Julian Roffman Rediscovered in Print + Film

February 9, 2018 | By

Follow-up profile of pioneering filmmaker Julian Roffman includes a book review of Dear Guelda, reviews of selected short films, and the features Sarumba (1950), The Bloody Brood (1959), and Spy in Your Eye (1965).

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Book: Dear Guelda – The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman (2017)

Book: Dear Guelda – The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman (2017)

February 9, 2018 | By

To fans of 3D cinema, especially its pre-1980s renaissance, Julian Roffman is recognizable as the director-producer of what was in 1961 Canada’s first 3D feature and feature-length horror film. The Mask was also one of the most financially successful productions and the first Canadian film to be distributed stateside by a major studio…

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Dear Guelda, Part 1: A Conversation with Peter Roffman

Dear Guelda, Part 1: A Conversation with Peter Roffman

January 12, 2018 | By

A lengthy podcast with Peter Roffman, editor / author of Dear Guelda: The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman, director of the CanCon 3D classic The Mask (1961), and so much more.

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Hookers, Vice Squads, and Prettykills: the Sensationalized vs. the Gritty

Hookers, Vice Squads, and Prettykills: the Sensationalized vs. the Gritty

October 30, 2017 | By

A quartet of films with differing tales of prostitutes & vice squads: Janice Cole & Holly Dale’s Hookers on Davie (1984), Gary Sherman’s uber-nasty Vice Squad (1982), Penelope Spheeris’s Hollywood Vice Squad (1986), and George Kaczender’s Prettykill / Tomorrow’s Killer (1987).

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