The Film Reel takes a look at the film Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children. The full review is available at Toronto Film Scene.
After a vicious attack on Starfleet, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) must gather his crew and hunt down the man responsible, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). The problem is that Harrison is hiding out on the Klingon homeworld, an area that nobody is allowed to enter. Kirk is given orders to travel to neutral space close to the planet and eliminate Harrison using a new type of weapon. The Enterprise is damaged on the journey, leaving the crew within Klingon striking distance, and when Harrison is finally captured, he begins to reveal a much larger plan that threatens the lives of everyone on the Enterprise, as well as Earth. Continue
Rodrigo Gudiño is no stranger to the horror genre. From creating Rue Morgue magazine, to directing a number of short films, Rodrigo has been a huge part of the Canadian horror scene. Screening tonight as part of the Cineplex Sinister Cinema series, his first feature film, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, may not be what you’re expecting from the Rue Morgue creator. I had the chance to speak with Rodrigo to discuss his film, what he has in store for the future, and what he thinks about Cineplex creating a space for independent genre works. Continue
As the creator of Rue Morgue Magazine, and director credits for a number of short films, it was only a matter of time before Rodrigo Gudiño stepped into feature film territory. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh is a breath of fresh air in a horror genre more concerned about playing up the gore and ignoring everything else. There’s still plenty of scares, and a little bit of violence, but there’s a large focus on creating tension through the atmosphere instead of cheap frights and stomach churning effects. Continue
We’re constantly bombarded with stories of underpaid and overworked police officers, nurses, doctors, and firefighters, but there may not be a more dedicated and strained group of firefighters than those in Burn. The documentary, directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, follows Detroit firefighters for a one year period as they struggle to keep their city safe with damaged equipment and endless budget cuts. Continue
Marvel continues to bang out the most impressive comic book movies around. After what has been an almost never ending string of hits with Thor, Captain America, the previous Iron Man films, and eventually The Avengers, the company has proven that they’ve found the magic combination to create an incredibly successful formula. Iron Man 3 delivers even more of the comedy and action that has made the series so popular. Continue
Richard Davidson has spent his career studying meditation as a way to restore mental health and happiness. Using breathing techniques, Davidson is exploring the benefits for children with Attention Deficit and veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Director Phie Ambo looks at the science of the brain, as well as the lives of the people participating in this new breathing study, to create an intelligent, informative, and touching documentary. Continue
Jesus and hardcore music. Two things that just don’t seem to go together. You’ll be surprised to learn that they do though, and director Justin Ludwig shows us how in his documentary ChristCore. Full review at Toronto Film Scene.
While still in the documentary area of film, The Film Reel has taken a step out of reviews for the moment. Toronto Film Scene has The Film Reel’s interview with ChristCore director Justin Ludwig. Full interview available at their website.