Film Review: Nose To Tail

Written By: Lucas Nochez

Trigger Warning: At one point, Daniel butchers a pig. The scene is absolutely necessary to the story, but it might prove a little too graphic for casual viewers.

In the culinary world, the expression “nose to tail” is a philosophy of cooking that meticulously uses every possible part of an animal, minimizing potential waste of the carcass. When it comes to eating, “nose to tail” is used to describe consumers who scoff every part of a dish so nothing is wasted. When it comes to Jesse Zigelstein’s main character Daniel in his feature film debut Nose To Tailits pretty safe to say that, Daniel (Aaron Abrams) leaves no one person unscathed after devouring each in every scene and each and every one person’s ego, including his own, in Zigelstein’s sizzling debut.  Continue reading

Film Review: Clara

Science fiction is a highly inventive and audacious genre of film to tackle, especially at the indie level of filmmaking. For the most part, successful science fiction films with bold visuals, even bolder visions and stories, as well as ballsy revelations are either done with huge budgets backed by studios who’s deep pockets help drive narratives and give life to outer world creations or are given to established filmmakers to see through their visions of the greater unknown. With the likes of Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg saturating the science fiction film market, indie filmmakers rely heavily on interesting, unique and mind-blowing narratives to help their science fiction dreams become a reality. In recent memory, some of the more memorable indie science fictions films to come in the last decade have come from independent wonders like Make Cahill, who’s low-budget science fiction films I, Origins and of course Another Earth shook Sundance and the independent society on their head thanks to never before realized stories of identity, mortality and space set in world’s not too far from our own. With Clara, our very own Cahill-esque filmmaker Akash Sherman, hailing from our native Toronto, Canada, tackles the very tricky indie/science fiction territory with love, grace, and an emotionally driven narrative.  Sherman, who at twenty-three years old, thought of the story of Clara while in class with a friend, fleshed out the basis of his sophomore feature film on the basis of two polar opposites falling in love, even despite the fact that each of their worlds is crashing right before their eyes.  Continue reading

Film Review: Miss Sloane

If you haven’t figured it out already, The Newsroom, the cancelled and highly underwetched, underrated, and heavily missed HBO Dramatic series from the ingenious Aaron Sorkin is absolutely one of my all-time favourite television shows ever created. Given the quip dialogue, snappy political, social and cultural references, not to miss, its absolutely miraculous comedic timing and concurrent content, it is not only one of the best shows to ever premiere on television, but also a necessary viewing. Now if you’re thinking, why in the heck am I mentioning a television show that has nothing to do with the current movie in review, the answer is…everything! Continue reading