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Hot Docs Review: Push (Fredrik Gertten, 2019)

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An insightful film about the global housing crisis in urban centers, Push follows UN Rapporteur Lailani Farza across the globe as she investigates the continued demise of affordable city housing. For some reason I thought this film was going to be just about Toronto, but I was glad to see the scope of this film expanded. Through conversations with experts, politicians and just plain regular people, we come to learn that the issue is far more complex than we realize …

Hot Docs Preview: The Wandering Chef [Hye-Ryeong Park, 2018]

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The Wandering Chef is a slow moving yet moving documentary that explores a famous chef and a friend he happens to have met while wandering the countryside. Yim Gi-Ho is a famous Korean chef who focuses on making something out of nothing. Throughout the film, you will find him picking ragged weeds and plants from a practically barren countryside and making seemingly Michelin star quality food out of it. However, this film is more than that, as it explores a …

Hot Docs Preview: The Pickup Game [Matthew O’ Connor, Barnaby O’ Connor, 2019]

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A documentary that will surely infuriate, The Pickup Game is a film that exposes the pickup artist industry. The film digs into the origin, the mythology and what the industry is like today. I’m surprised that the film actually included a lot of testimonials and footage provided by the pickup artist themselves. My roommate watched the screener with me and recognized the pickup tactics a few days later when someone approached her and tried them on her, so it’s also …

Concert Review: The Antlers, April 8, Opera House

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It’s very hard for me to believe that Hospice, The Antlers epically sad third record, is celebrating its ten year anniversary this year. It only seems like a few years ago when the trio hit the music scene with this album, yet here I was on a damp Monday night revisiting this seminal album from the Brooklyn trio. Time flies/I’m getting old. Perhaps I’m not the only one getting old – The Antlers, perhaps realizing that their crowd were probably …