Nose to Tail – Review – Alvin Wai Chung Tsang

“Nose to Tail is Superbly Acted” – Alvin Wai Chung Tsang

 

Alvin Wai Chung TsangGuest blogger Alvin Wai Chung Tsang is a horror movie lover from Barrhaven who goes to the theatre every weekend to see new releases. He takes bets on box office predictions and hopes to win big someday.  He reviewed Jesse Zigelstein’s feature film Nose to Tail, screening at the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival on November 2, 2019.  Here is review.

Daniel (Aaron Abrams) is an isolated professional chef who doesn’t struggle to balance his work, family and love life but fails entirely at it. Is it substance abuse? Crippling debt? A messy divorce? It is the curiosity of what is wrong with him that drives the film forward.

Abrams’ performance is mesmerising. He is constantly denied what he wants, then acts out and causes a new problem for himself and his struggling restaurant. The amalgamation of all his issues into one important night for the restaurant is ugly, exciting and quite masterful. Nose to Tail is a joy to watch.
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The Mayor of Comedy – Review – Amen Jafri

Amen Jafri is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and sometimes brand consultant, currently in development on a short on self-marriage. Google her or visit amenjafri.com for more info.

She recently reviewed the feature-length documentary film The Mayor of Comedy: A Canadian Stand-Up Story, screening at the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival on November 1, 2019.  Here is her review.

There is something immediately likeable about comedian Sandra Battaglini, the host and interviewer in this feature documentary exploring the state of the stand-up comedy in Canada. She has no pretensions (in an early scene, she is advised to fix her hair for the camera and then laughs off its unruliness with a “fuck it”) and as the founder of The Canadian Association of Stand-up Comedians, earnestly lobbying Canadian politicians to fund comedians. Continue reading “The Mayor of Comedy – Review – Amen Jafri”

Trouble in the Garden – Interview with Raven Sinclair

Anne Brodie  interviewed about Trouble in the Garden which screens at the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival on November 2, 2019.  Sinclair acted as a consultant and producer on the film.  Here is her post.

The Canadian government Residential Schools policy instituted in the 1870s permanently separated indigenous children from their families and immersed them in white culture. Religious schools were set up to convert them to Euro-Canadians, taking their heritage, language, sense of belonging, and connection to blood families. The programme ended in 1996 and affected 150,000 Indian, Inuit, and Métis children, and left a complex and painful legacy. The government has apologised while thousands of victims seek restitution, recognition and healing.

The Sixties Scoop (1950s – 1980s) also forcibly removed indigenous children from their families but to be adopted into white middle-class families. Raven Sinclair, (Ótiskewápíwskew) is a Cree / Assiniboine / Saulteaux and a member of Gordon First Nation of the Treaty #4 area of southern Saskatchewan. She is a professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Saskatchewan, a filmmaker and a Scoop survivor. Sinclair acted as a consultant and producer on Roz Owen’s powerful Trouble in the Garden (screening at the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival on November 2) starring Cara Gee as Raven, an eco-activist Scoop survivor whose unexpected reunion with her white adoptive family sends her into crisis.

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Nose to Tail – Review – Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker - The GateAndrew Parker, Senior Film Writer at The Gate recently reviewed the feature film Nose to Tail, screening at the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival on November 2, 2019.  Here is his review.

Aaron Abrams delivers a towering and commanding lead performance in writer-director Jesse Zigelstein’s debut feature, Nose to Tail (screening at the 2019 Ottawa Canadian Film Fest), the story of an egotistical and stressed out business owner who’s about to reach his wit’s end. Continue reading “Nose to Tail – Review – Andrew Parker”