James Cameron says that ‘Avatar 2’ is done filming, and ‘Avatar 3’ is nearly done

James Cameron

Avatar, remember Avatar? The movie that was the highest grossing film of all time for a decade?

Anyway, we’re getting four sequels to Avatar and I’ve lost count of how many times they’ve been delayed at this point, but now James Cameron says that two of them are almost ready to go!

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VIFF Interview: Cheryl Foggo on her film ‘John Ware Reclaimed’

Cheryl Foggo / John Ware Reclaimed

John Ware Reclaimed is a look at one of the least told types of stories in Canada, that of black history. John Ware himself is a locally famous figure and telling his story has been a lifelong interest of Canadian historian and writer Cheryl Foggo, who wrote and directed the film. I have already watched and reviewed it, and spoiler alert: it’s good.

I was able to sit down with her over Zoom this week to speak about the film, Black Canadian history, and the stories that get told.

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VIFF Review: ‘John Ware Reclaimed’ looks to change the conversation about the famous black cowboy

John Ware Reclaimed

A famous person you have probably never heard of. This is the description that Cheryl Foggo gives John Ware, an African-American cowboy who migrated north following the American civil war and became one of the earliest ranchers in what is now Alberta. He is the namesake of two mountains and a creek, but what, really, do we know of him?

As with many people who have places named after them, we only ever hear the stories we tell about them and those stories are often, in a word, shallow. John Ware is no exception to this. Much of what we know comes from the book John Ware’s Cow Country by former Lt. Governor of Alberta Grant McEwan. It’s well-intentioned enough, but it was still written by a white man in the 1960s and is tainted by the cultural attitudes of the day.

Who was this man really, though? For a man steeped in local legend, what do we really know about him? This is what Canadian historian, playwright, and filmmaker Cheryl Foggo aims to find out with John Ware Reclaimed.

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‘The Craft: Legacy’ Trailer + Poster: Girls just wanna have fun

The Craft: Legacy

True story, I low-key love the 90s teen witch film The Craft, and I always have. A sequel seems like something that would have happened ages ago, but never did. Weird, given that while the film didn’t do gangbusters business it did turn a profit and go on to be a cult classic.

In any event, there is a sequel coming out now, so let’s take a look at the trailer.

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Let’s Take a Closer Look a the ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ trailer (with 80ish HD Captures!)

The Haunting of Bly Manor

The first full trailer for the upcoming Netflix original series The Haunting of Bly Manor dropped a few days ago. I’m a big fan of Mike Flanagan, with both the 2019 film Doctor Sleep being one of my favourites of last year, and the 2018 series The Haunting of Hill House being one of my favourite series of that year.

Bly Manor is the second in what officially appears to be an anthology series, with the same production crew and many of the same actors, but a self-contained story with new characters. Based on the 1898 Henry James story The Turning of the Screw, this series will hopefully be creepy another great entry in Mike Flanagans incredibly effective horror filmography.

So let’s take a closer look!

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VIFF Review: ‘Jumbo’ is a sweet film about love and acceptance

Jumbo

Jumbo, on its face, is about a young woman who falls in love with a carnival ride. No, not “oh hey I love that ride”, she develops a deep emotional and sexual attachment to a carnival ride.

Yes, that’s a bit weird, but that is just the surface of the story. At its heart, Jumbo is about the fact that love is love, that love is not always what we expect, and that sometimes even if we don’t understand something, acceptance is the best way forward.

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VIFF Review: ‘The Magnitude of All Things’ looks at climate change through the lens of personal loss.

The Magnitude of All Things

The planet is changing. Many still deny it, but I honestly cannot understand how. As of this writing, North America is being battered by storms on one side and wildfires on the other, both with unprecedented frequency and destructive power. Countries like the Maldives are disappearing as the sea level rises, permafrost in the arctic is melting as the temperature rises, and entire ecosystems are collapsing around the world.

And yet people still deny it.

The Magnitude of All Things, the new documentary from director Jennifer Abbott, explores much of this change. There is not a lot of new information here if you have been paying attention to the world, but Abbott takes a different route to this information: grief.

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VIFF Review: ‘Inconvenient Indian’ is a powerful look at the past, and present, of Indigenous life in Canada

Inconvenient Indian

America is in the news right now. Police are rioting brutally against protestors who have been demonstrating against police brutality for months now. Black Lives Matter, but the police don’t seem to have received the message.

There’s a perception that Canada is immune or exempt from this type of action, and that when you cross the border from America into Canada everything bad just sort of stops. This, of course, could not be further from the truth. Canada has a long and storied history of mistreating the indigenous peoples of our country, while portraying that history as peaceful.

Inconvenient Indian, the new film from director Michelle Latimer based on the book by Thomas King, aims to shine a light on our perceptions of Indigenous culture in Canada and America, and in the process becomes one of the most important pieces of Canadian media of the year.

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Aldis Hodge joins Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Black Adam’ film as Hawkman

Aldis Hodge

Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam film is starting to heat up, folks. At DC Fandome a few months ago it was announced that the Justice Society of America, the golden age version of the Justice League, will be part of the story. Now we have our first cast member: Aldis Hodge as Carter Hall, Hawkman.

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VIFF Interview: Clark Backo on starring role in ‘Happy Place’

Clark Backo

Clark Backo is a star on the rise. Known for her roles in Letterkenny and Supernatural, she makes the jump to lead actor in Happy Place, the new adaption of Pamela Sinha’s play.

I spoke with Clark on Zoom about her experiences making Happy Place.

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VIFF Interview: Director Helen Shaver on her film ‘Happy Place’

Helen Shaver / Happy Place

Helen Shaver is kind of a big deal. This year alone she has directed episodes of Westworld, Snowpiercer, and Lovecraft Country. She is a veteran of prestige TV and directed a made-for-TV movie in 1999 that won an Emmy. Her new film Happy Place, streaming as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival, is her first feature film.

I was able to sit down with her on Zoom to speak about Happy Place, what it’s like working with Canadian legends, and about the universality of the experience of trauma and mental health issues.

Spoiler alert: she was a delight to talk to.

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LOL: ‘The Snyder Cut’, which is totally a thing that exists and is ready to release, is getting $70 Million worth of reshoots

Justice League

Fans have been insisting that The Snyder Cut is real and ready to go for years now, which totally explains why when Warner Brothers finally decided to go ahead and release it to HBO Max it required an additional $30 million budget to finish all the post-production. Now, Zack Snyder is headed back to the studio with an addition $70 Million to do a bunch of reshoots. Because of course.

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