film

The Martlet’s 2017 Victoria Film Festival picks

When Oscars season arrives in late January/early February, people change. All of a sudden, everyone and their dog becomes a film expert; the general public is preoccupied with finding a…

Portrayal of fragile masculinity makes ‘Moonlight’ mandatory viewing

Masculinity is a performance, and especially in the pressure cooker realities of rough communities, it can be deeply toxic and harmful. Stand, walk, run a certain way, don’t make certain…

‘The Eagle Huntress’ is an uplifting tale for the new year

Culturally enriching, visually captivating, and chock-full of feel-good scenes, Otto Bell’s first feature-length documentary The Eagle Huntress is the perfect film to kickstart the new year at UVic’s Cinecenta. For…

The Martlet’s favourite films of 2016

The Martlet didn’t see quite as many films as we’d like to this year, and many of the ones we did were, frankly, pretty underwhelming. (Just ask Cormac.) But that’s…

‘Hell or High Water’ is a thoughtful Western for the modern era

“Patience is a virtue that I don’t possess, and I can’t deny that heaven lies beneath a cotton dress.” So sings Ray Wylie Hubbard over the opening titles of David…

Thrillers, chillers, and Halloween killers: Our definitive horror flick list

It’s October, folks, and y’all know what that means! Dark by six with a definite drop in temperature — otherwise known as the perfect settings for a horror movie night!…

The Revenant finds its centre in struggle—and DiCaprio

The internet is rife with jokes about Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar impotence. But through his recent alliance with director Alejandro González Iñárritu (director of Birdman and Babel), The Revenant star DiCaprio…

EDITORIAL: Casting a shadow on diversity

If the 2016 Oscars were a fence, Tom Sawyer could show it to his Aunt Polly with pride. But as Hollywood’s most esteemed — for better or worse — celebration of film, this year’s…

My pick of the flicks of 2015

About a month ago, as I sat down to write a list of my favourite movies of 2015, I realized I hadn’t seen nearly enough films in 2015. So over…