Posts By: Blaine Willick

Avoiding Valentine’s Day with movies

Cupid is stupid Oh, wow, would you look at that! Another Valentine’s Day is upon us, and yet again the single crowd must find a way to distract from the impending loneliness brought about by this hateful day. Being single is liberating for the majority of the year, but come Feb. 14, that freedom turns… Read more »

The Martlet’s guide to the Victoria Film Festival

In a few short weeks, Victoria will once again be hosting the annual Victoria Film Festival, where theatres and venues around the city screen independent films that are generally not widely distributed. The festival runs from Feb. 2–11 and also features a number of other events. If you’re in the Bay Centre, check out the… Read more »

Avatar: James Cameron’s Too-Long Odyssey

James Cameron’s Avatar was a technological accomplishment and became a worldwide box office legend, so you may think that more Avatar is a good thing. James Cameron thinks it is — the director has announced an astounding four sequels to the 2009 hit, set to be released in 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025. When the second film… Read more »

Filmed in Victoria

A thriving community Victoria is an encouraging place to be if you have an interest in film. Whether it’s just enjoying good movies or trying out filmmaking for the first time, this community can provide countless options and opportunities. For those who want to experience more locally made movies, there are plenty of opportunities this… Read more »

Gibson, Affleck, and Hollywood’s history of harassment

At the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, host Nick Kroll quipped, “People wondered, ‘How long would it take Hollywood to forgive someone for anti-Semitic, racist hate speech?’ The answer? Eight years.” He was referring, of course, to Mel Gibson. The actor and director’s personal life has long been mired in scandal; infamous for his vicious… Read more »

‘Logan’ shreds the March box office

The X-Men film series has been ongoing for 17 years, with an inconsistent range of quality. Finally, with James Mangold’s Logan, we see the best aspects of the past combined into one cohesive narrative. The film is not for the weak of heart: unlike its predecessors, Logan is rated R — and for good reason. Wolverine’s trademark… Read more »

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ builds on character’s Lego-cy

The Lego Batman Movie may be the best crusader movie since the Christian Bale trilogy. With countless gags and cinematic references to everything from Adam West to Suicide Squad, Lego Batman has a unique and refreshing self-awareness that will appeal to all ages. A lonely Batman, the ideal crime fighter, is now forced to work… Read more »