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Lake Bodom takes a stab at horror genre

By Gurman Sahota, April 20, 2017 — Using the cool background of Finland, Lake Bodom takes viewers on a horrific trip that asks viewers how much they would do for their best friend. The film utilizes crisp scenes that use what the audience cannot see to inflict a foreboding sense of doom. The film begins…

Jason Wan Lim jumps into horror at CUFF with Blood Mountain

By Gurman Sahota, April 19, 2017 — Turning away from his typical domain of teen comedies, director Jason Wan Lim jumps into horror with Blood Mountain. Using GoPro cameras to craft a found-footage style, the film revolves around three mountain bikers who lose a member of their trio. While looking for their friend, the remaining…

First of three-part Glenbow series looks at Senegal shipwreck

By Gurman Sahota, April 04, 2017 — The Raft of Medusa by Adad Hannah kicked off the first selection of Glenbow’s year-long three-part series, Artefacts: Contemporary Moving Images on March 18. The piece is a tableau vivant — a “living picture” with carefully posed actors within an elaborate scene — that the artist created during…

New Music: Betty Who

By Gurman Sahota, April 04, 2017 — Beginning her second album with hymnal inspirations, Betty Who returns from a three-year break with The Valley. The 13-track album is the love-child of synth-pop and heartfelt ballads — if 1980s electronica was modernized, it would be Betty Who.  The work features a variety of musical styles by…

New Music: Charli XCX

By Gurman Sahota, March 21 2017 — To some, a 10-track release warrants the designation of an “album,” but for Charli XCX, her newest release is a mixtape — an amuse-bouche before the release of her third album. The work lacks the sense of disjointedness that often comes with mixtapes trying to woo potential labels with a…

Two companies compete at one-act play festival

By Gurman Sahota, March 21 2017 — Celebrating its 34th year, the Calgary Region One-Act Festival will return to present original work by two Calgary-based groups — Moot Entertainment and Red String Theatre. The groups will show their work on March 24 at the Pumphouse Theatre. Although the festival is devoid of a theme, the…

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