Marissa (Sarah Troyer), shortly before her car crash. Troyer was also Kristen in “Seven Reasons”, Episode 1.13 of THE GOOD DOCTOR on ABC.
Marissa (Sarah Troyer) wrecks her car, and it is possible that the rest of the film is an elaborate explanation of why that happens. For a while, the story seems like a simple love triangle with technological complications. Samantha (Anja Savčić) is a college student who also works as a waitress. She solicits the help of one of the café’s customers (the handsome Mark, played by Levi Meaden) with an essay she’s writing for one of her courses. From what she tells Mark, and from what her professor lectures about, the essay is about applying the concept of the panopticon to the problem of disappearing privacy in the modern world. The essay is curiously relevant to events that later transpire. Continue reading →
BADSVILLE is a tale of perpetual conflict (localized to one generic small town) and the struggles of gang leader Wink (Ian McLaren) to fulfill a promise to his dying mother and escape the town and the war. It is not clear just how important the where and when of Badsville is, but the café where Wink works has two American flags hanging on its walls, so the film makes a point of being located in the US. And while Badsville has cars and trucks from the 70s and 80s, it’s general atmosphere is suggestive of the 1950s. Continue reading →
Sheila Hood (Kathleen Munroe) in a nightmare of infidelity and murder, possibly of her own making.
In this intense dreamscape filled with aptly named characters, Toronto is a dark, steel and glass labyrinth, even in daylight. The ethereal Sheila has an ornithologist husband named Tom (cat?) who is having an affair with Merle (from the Latin for blackbird), who is, in turn, the girlfriend of a gangster named Raven. Merle (played by Melanie Scrofano) is the rebellious, eco-activist daughter of cynical, self-serving oil magnate John James (Audubon?). “People need oil. They demand oil,” says Mr. James. “Those who provide are the anointed, and those who don’t appreciate it can go fuck themselves.” Merle’s mother is never mentioned. Presumably she didn’t sufficiently appreciate it. Continue reading →