The Virgin Spring (1960) – Ingmar Bergman

Taking its inspiration from a centuries old ballad, as well as Kurosawa’s Rashomon and in turn inspiring Wes Craven’s revenge horror thriller, Last House on the Left, Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring comes up on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of The Seventh Seal. Dk Canada’s The Movie Book continues to…

Silence (2016) – Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese’s beautifully shot passion project, Silence, is unveiled on blu-ray from Paramount Pictures today. Based on the novel by Shusako Endo the film is vibrant and gorgeous, while it plays with some tough questions about religion, faith, cultures and beliefs. Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson share top billing in this film, but…

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Martin Scorsese

  Paul Schrader adapts Nikos Kazantakis’ powerful novel about the life of Christ (portrayed powerfully by Willem Dafoe) comes to life under the sure hand of Martin Scorsese, bringing the Christian character to life in a way unseen on the screen before this. Raising questions not only about the concept of Christ, as well as…

Hot Docs 2015: Possessed by Djinn РDalia Al Kury 

  Hot Docs is well underway, and today, I got a look at this intriguing offering, Possessed by Djinn, which screens at the ROM Theatre today at 6:00. Director Al Kury takes us inside the dark superstitious corners of the Islamic faith, that no one seems to talk about, but innumerable people believe. One could…

Beware the Night (2001) – Ralph Sarchie

Preachy. That’s the only word I can really use to describe this book. I’ve always been fascinated by the darker edges of existence, and have had my own ghostly experiences over the years. After screening the film, Deliver Us From Evil, I decided it might be fun to read the basis for the film and…

Hot Docs: God Loves Uganda – Roger Ross Williams

I knew going in that this one was going to make me mad, which is why I planned to see something relaxing and enjoyable right after, but this presentation at Hot Docs left me infuriated, and left me with no doubt in my mind that the evangelical Christian right has blood on their hands, as…