How do you save a zoo when you have no animals? ‘Secret Zoo”s answer to that central question – let’s dress up as animals and pretend – would be ideal fare for Edgar Wright or Shinichiro Ueda to turn into a heartfelt, zany adventure that builds to a glorious climax. Unfortunately, even though it’s a great concept with moments of brilliant execution, the frequent drops in pace serve just to tantalizingly dangle what might have been.Continue reading “VAFF Review: ‘Secret Zoo’ is a great idea that falls a little flat”
VAFF Review: ‘Curtain Up!’ is a wonderful reminder of the vital importance of the arts
There’s some important context here: I trained as an actor, then director, then slipped into being a drama teacher for stage and screen. In the UK I taught young adults, but my first teaching job when I moved to Vancouver was at a Korean residential school. Here, I was one of a small team who had to teach performance skills to a throng of nine-year-old Korean kids, then direct them in a final performance (first The Wizard Of Oz, then High School Musical) for all their families. It was a wonderful, exhausting time, and there’s nothing to underline the absolute life-changing power of theatre then to watch young actors discover it in real time.
So go and watch ‘Curtain Up!‘, not just because it’s fantastic, but also because you’ll have a precise peek into that exact part of my life.Continue reading “VAFF Review: ‘Curtain Up!’ is a wonderful reminder of the vital importance of the arts”
VAFF Review: ‘The Closet’ is a terrifying story of botched parenthood, told through a mix of genres
From a very early point, you’re under no illusion as to what is going on in ‘The Closet‘, the first feature by Korean director Kwang-bin Kim. It’s common for other Korean horrors to slowly shuffle towards their true nature, hiding clues in events that could easily be passed off as coincidence. Not here; it’s no spoiler to tell you that the closet in question is an ethereal doorway through which a ghost possesses, then steals, an unhappy little girl. However, ‘The Closet‘ defies expectations by constantly weaving through related genres as it tells its story – horror, thriller, even comedy. It’s not until the final third do all these disparate pieces slot together, and the result is mostly satisfying.Continue reading “VAFF Review: ‘The Closet’ is a terrifying story of botched parenthood, told through a mix of genres”
Vancouver Asian Film Festival Starts Tomorrow! #VAFF
Hello friends! Hot on the heels of the Vancouver Film Festival and Blood In The Snow, we’ll be covering yet another film festival – VAFF!Continue reading “Vancouver Asian Film Festival Starts Tomorrow! #VAFF”
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