Damon (Kristian Bruun) shows Phoebe (Cara Gee) his Red Rover video presentation.
This is the story of Damon (Kristian Bruun), a Toronto geologist who lives in his ex’s basement and spends his spare time with a metal detector on the beach. (It is a nice beach and surprisingly there is almost never anyone else visible on it.) Later we will find out that he is on that beach looking for something specific, and he will find out the real reason he’s looking for it.
One evening, Phoebe (Cara Gee) goes walking on that same beach. (She is wearing a spacesuit costume because she is passing out flyers for a project called Red Rover, which sounds a lot like the now defunct Mars One initiative to send humans on a one-way trip to Mars. (For some reason, the Mars One website is still active.) Phoebe is an aspiring singer, and has been on this beach before, because after handing Damon a flyer, she asks him to look for her missing earring. Continue reading →
THE BET – written and directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin — SPOILERS
Isabel and Albert’s first encounter
While having lunch in a restaurant, Isabel (Natasha Little) makes a bet with her husband Cal (Colin Salmon) that she can get the next man who walks into the place to propose to her. And while she initially fails in this effort, she gets a second chance.
The next guy to walk into the restaurant is Albert (Douglas Hodge). He sits at the bar, and Isabel takes off her wedding ring and sits next to him, but Albert is having a really bad day and is (quite reasonably) suspicious of this strange person trying to chat him up. Isabel’s failure becomes Cal’s favourite joke and he makes a point of telling it to everyone. Continue reading →
Rose (Laura Vandervoort) begins the film as a timid fashion worker scarred by a car accident in her youth.
The Soska Sisters‘ re-imagining of the 1977 Cronenberg classic looks at the story from a very different perspective. Rather than focusing (as the original film did) on the response to the outbreak by government agencies and the general population, this movie concerns itself mainly with Rose’s transformation, both physical and mental, and tries to explain that transformation scientifically. Effects of the disease on the general population are mentioned only in passing. Also, the new film seems to be set in some unspecified American city. The original story took place in or near Montreal. Continue reading →