Allan MacInnis
Allan MacInnis is a Vancouver-area film geek and music journalist who has been writing about music, film, and random matters pertaining to life in Vancouver on his blog, Alienated in Vancouver, since 2004. His film writing has also been published in CineAction, Video Watchdog, The Georgia Straight, and elsewhere. He would really like to see the 1991 film "Clearcut" released on DVD in its proper aspect ratio.

Entries by Allan MacInnis

A Funerary Call To Bewitch This Halloween

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 11:51 PM

Harlow MacFarlane makes some seriously evil music. Combining elements of ritual ambient, power electronics, and the atmopsheric end of the black metal spectrum, his various recording projects -- Funerary Call, Sistrenatus, and the analog synth-oriented Grey Towers Stone Temples -- have earned him recognition from avant-garde music fans...

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Sex, Death And Witches: Movie Frights For Halloween In Vancouver

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 11:41 PM

Halloween is a great time to be a horror movie buff. For a few weeks every year, cinemas, movie channels and video stores cater exactly to your tastes and you get to feel normal for awhile, and get a few good deals on scary DVDs to boot.

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35mm v Digital: The Cinematheque's Jim Sinclair talks Economics, Nostalgia and Tarkovsky

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 2:51 AM

On at least one occasion last year, before a screening of Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho Tep at the Rio Theatre, programmer Rachel Fox, by way of introducing the film, took a show of hands to ask if it made any difference at all to the people in attendance, when it...

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VIFF 2013: Stemple Pass, The Unabomber and the Cabin Project: A James Benning Interview

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 4:30 PM


American documentary filmmaker James Benning's new film about the Unabomber, Stemple Pass, is one of the few true must-sees in this year's VIFF, and plays tonight for the final time. There is more than a usual amount of urgency in recommending audiences...

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VIFF 2013: Bruce Sweeney, Local Hero

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 4:13 PM

My favourite film to deal with life in Vancouver -- maybe even my favourite film to be made here -- remains Bruce Sweeney's 1998 offering, Dirty. Workshopped in a way informed by Sweeney's experiences at a VIFF forum with Mike Leigh, the film digs into the muck of the city's...

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Back to Nature With a Vengeance: VIFF 2013 Is Full of Outdoor Ordeals

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2013 | 1:54 PM


There's a universal, archetypal aspect to films that chart the ordeals of city folk who venture unwisely into the country -- or so says Carol Clover, in Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Clover draws parallels between what she calls...

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Altered States Gives VIFF An Edge

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Nothing quite like a good midnight movie. Savvy, cinephilic audiences meet provocative, culty film fare at a time when, as Dick Miller observes in Martin Scorsese's After Hours, "different rules apply."

The programming for VIFF's new late-night series, Altered States -- handled by longtime Vancouver journalist...

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