Art house films return to Halifax

On Oct. 15, Carbon Arc Cinema hosted a full-capacity screening of French director Mia Hansen-Løve’s new film Bergman Island, and for the first time since March 2020, people in peninsular Halifax had a place to see a movie other than Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane.   “We show things because they’re not getting shown,” said Kenny Lewis, the chair of Carbon…

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Behind the scenes with Wayne Carter

Wayne Carter believes, “If you work around something you love it’s never really work.” Carter has been the Executive Director at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival for the last decade.   Being in the film industry over the years  Carter’s career started with managing a film theatre in the late 1970s, when he was in high school.  …

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FIN’s top films

Wildhood  Directed by Bretten Hannam  Country: Canada  Every year, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is the best place for cinephiles in Atlantic Canada to discover new films from our backyards and film industries around the world.   The programming team at FIN couldn’t have chosen a better film than Wildhood for its opening night gala. To its core,…

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The evolution of an artist

Shelley Thompson is a Canadian actress turned writer-director and one of the featured directors at FIN this year.   According to her Twitter bio, she is a “writer, filmmaker, actor, fierce mother, agnostic gambler, LGBTQ+ ally and warrior. All that and more.”   However, all the labels aside, she says, “trying to encapsulate who you are seems to always be tongue…

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Looking for new heroes

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is arguably one of the most popular franchises in contemporary western popular cinema.   It currently has 23 movies in circulation including Avengers: Endgame, “the top global box-office performer not only of 2019, but the 21st century,” according to writer Tom Brueggemann at IndieWire. Considering the influence these movies have on countless fans around the world, it is important…

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What’s wrong with Promising Young Woman?

The first thing I did after watching the 2020 film Promising Young Woman was look up movie reviews.

Reading reviews is something I often do after watching movies. This time, though, my experience was a little different than usual. It was hard to stop shivering and focus my eyes on the screen. Many reviewers were not seeing the huge problems I saw with the film.

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What makes Avatar so popular?

Avatar

The television show Avatar: The Last Airbender brought generation Z joy when they were kids. Now it’s returned to the spotlight in an otherwise stressful year. What is it about Avatar that sparks relevance in 2020?  What is Avatar: The Last Airbender?  The show aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. For those who are unfamiliar, Avatar is set in a fictional…

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