The highest grossing film of all time is Avengers: Endgame, and the most nominated film at this year’s Academy Awards is Joker. Comic book culture — and by extension, nerd culture — has gone mainstream. Casting news about upcoming superhero movies has become full of unexpected stars (would you expect Rachel Weisz to star in […]Read More THE NERDS WON THE CULTURE WAR… WHAT NOW?
Once upon a time in Los Angeles, producers used to throw money at musicals with the kind of generosity seen only nowadays on the budget sheets of superhero movies. These roadshow releases, such as the likes of The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story were majestic hits. They would also be […]Read More WHY IT'S A GOOD THING THAT CATS (2019) EXISTS
Ah, 2019. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. 2019 was a year defined by chaos and change on various levels. For the world of film, it meant the complete domination of the Disney Empire, the shattering of a multitude of box office records, and the rise of Netflix as […]Read More 2019 – YEAR IN REVIEW
Varda By Agnès has a unique emotion running underneath it. On surface, it may appear to be a joyful introspection of a celebrated auteur’s career; but there’s a deeper level of emotion bubbling below. The documentary is the final work that Varda directed in her lifetime before her death in March at the age of […]Read More DOUBLE TAKE – VARDA BY AGNÈS
Those describing A Hidden Life as Terrence Malick’s return to form are being disingenuous. The simple truth is that it’s nothing different or unusual from anything within the director’s past several films post his Palme d’Or winning The Tree of Life. Though it can be said that his latest venture contains a potent mixture of […]Read More A HIDDEN LIFE – CIFF 2019 REVIEW
By the Grace of God might feel familiar to American audiences; it bears many similarities to the Academy Award winning Spotlight, which also focused on a team effort to expose pedophile priests. Both are procedurals, but the similarities end there. Where Spotlight focused on journalists, By the Grace of God is more personal, where it […]Read More Thoughts on By The Grace of God and The Truth – CIFF 2019 RECAP
Do The Right Thing ignited screens thirty years ago with its incendiary attitude towards racism in the United States. Now in 2019, we’ve been graced with a similarly incendiary film with Ladj Ly’s solo directorial debut, Les Misérables. Borrowing its title and some themes from Victor Hugo’s seminary novel (though little else), the film tackles […]Read More LES MISÉRABLES – CIFF 2019 REVIEW