Rogue Nation 2 August 03

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

It takes a certain amount of bravado to open a film with the centrepiece action sequence that has been teased throughout all the marketing material. It is that same air of confidence that permeates throughout Rogue Nation, the latest edition of the espionage based Mission: Impossible franchise. The swagger is a little more relaxed this […]

Bennet Miller - Moneyball August 02

The Auteurs: Bennett Miller

Though he has only made four feature films, Bennett Miller has quickly become one of the most intriguing filmmakers currently working in American cinema. He crafts fascinating character studies of real-life individuals who find themselves in unique and complicated situations. The characters in Miller’s films are figures whose environments play a crucial role in the […]

Ant-Man2 July 31

Talking Ant-Man on The Lambcast

On the latest episode of The Lambcast, I joined the panel to dissect Marvel’s newest superhero offering Ant-Man. During the show, the panel shared their thoughts on everything that is right and wrong with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I gave some love to the film Tangerine in Rants and Raves section. Special thanks to […]

Beast of No Nation July 28

TIFF Reveals First Round of Highly-Anticipated Galas and Special Presentations

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, announced the first round of titles premiering in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival®. Of the 15 Galas and 34 Special Presentations announced, this initial lineup includes films from such […]

The Demolisher July 28

Fantasia 2015: The Demolisher

The Demolisher sets a startling tone from its haunting opening moments. A female officer, Samantha (Tianna Nori), is paralyzed by cult members while attempting to stop a ritualistic sacrifice. Unable to part with his obsession of what happened to his now wheelchair bound wife, Samantha’s husband Bruce (Ry Barrett), a cable repairman, takes it upon […]

Cash Only July 27

Fantasia 2015: Cash Only

Elvis Martini (Nickola Shreli, who also wrote the script) is on a really bad streak. He’s behind on his mortgage for the rental apartment he owns and the bank wants to foreclose. The majority of his tenants are behind on their rent and the ones who pay on time are constantly nagging him to fix […]

Ant-Man_1 July 26

Marvel’s Problematic Road to Diversity

[Editor’s note – Warning this piece contains spoilers for the film Ant-Man.] During one of the post-credit scenes in Ant-Man, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) triumphantly exclaims “It’s about damn time!” upon hearing that she will indeed be getting the one thing she has craved for the entire film. The moment is meant to signal […]

21grams-watts July 24

The Nominee: Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts’ filmography is one of great variety.  Since she wowed critics and audiences alike in her role in David Lynch’s psychological thriller, Mulholland Drive, she has appeared in several films, all very different from the other. Mulholland Drive launched Watts’ career, bringing her out from under the radar and into the consciousness of filmmakers […]

Ludo July 23

Fantasia 2015: Ludo

In Kolkata, it is nearly impossible for teens like Ria (Subolina Sen) to have a little privacy. Her parents constantly check her phone, force her to dress conservatively, and threaten potential suitors. Living under such strict confines, it is understandable that Ria and her pals – her best friend Payal (Ananya Biswas), Payal’s boyfriend Babai […]

The Gallows July 22

The Gallows

The world may not exactly need another horror movie about mean, unpleasant teenagers picked off one by one by an unstoppable, possibly supernatural antagonist, but Blumhouse (the low-budget production house behind the Insidious, The Conjuring, and Sinister franchises) gives us one anyway. In The Gallows, a trio of high-school friends run afoul of a murderous force while trying to […]

The Look of Silence July 21

The Look of Silence

In his previous film, the sensational The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer explored the genocides that occurred in Indonesia during 1965-66 through the eyes of the most unlikely of sources…the men who did the killings. By having the death-squad leaders re-enact their murders in the film style of their choosing, Oppenheimer exposed the chilling mixture […]

Therapy for a Vampire 1 July 20

Fantasia 2015: Therapy for a Vampire

The recent resurgence of vampire themed comedies was ignited with last year’s festival circuit smash What We do in the Shadows, and continues this year with David Rühm’s strong Austrian entry Therapy for a Vampire. Rühm’s film focuses on the Count Geza von Közsnöm (Tobias Moretti), a vampire who no longer loves his wife and […]

Bridgend July 19

Fantasia 2015: Bridgend

A grey dreary atmosphere hovers above the town of Bridgend thanks in part to the high number of teen suicides that the region is experiencing. Unaware of the mysterious deaths occurring, Sara (Hannah Murray) embarks on her new life in the quaint town with her dad (Steven Waddington), a widowed police detective, and her horse […]

Miss-hokusai July 18

Fantasia 2015: Miss Hokusai

Haniko Sugiura was a famed Japanese manga artist whose work often focused on the Edo period in Japan’s history. A time when fighting amongst the different warrior factions eased, and the merchant class came to the forefront of Japanese society. The shift from years of warfare to more economical ventures led the inhabitants of Edo […]

TIFF-Platform Jury -Claire Denis July 15

TIFF Names Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland to Inaugural Platform Jury

The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced the inaugural jury for Platform, the new programme to champion directors’ cinema from around the world. This year, the three-person international jury is composed of acclaimed filmmakers Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. Together, they will award a prize of $25,000 to the best film in the […]

Minions_1 July 15

Taking My Minion to see Minions

There are certain milestones that every parent secretly awaits with anxious anticipation. Some of these typically include the first day of school, that moment when they master riding a bicycle without training wheels, or even the day they stroll down the aisle to profess their undying love to that special someone. As you can imagine, […]

one flew over the cuckoos nest July 14

The Nominee: Jack Nicholson

Where does one begin to talk about Jack Nicholson?  His off-screen persona is just as famous as his on-screen one.  He’s made many films over his long and storied career and he’s played some wacky, wonderful and unforgettable characters.  When I think of him, I don’t think first of any particular role he’s played or […]

Marshland July 13

Marshland

Marshland is what you would call a slow burn, as there isn’t a ton of action, nor is it fast paced. However, it is an entertaining and intriguing police procedural that takes place in a rural town in the south of Spain during 1980. The effects of the Franco dictatorship still muddy the waters; we […]

Amy 1 July 11

Amy

Amy Winehouse’s life had a certain inevitability to it from the first time she burst onto the scene. Anchored by a weak support network of enablers and hangers on, some of whom unfortunately included closes relatives, her lyrics often hinted to where the talented artists’ life was headed. Asif Kapadia’s Amy tells the tale of […]

My Ex-Ex3 July 10

My Ex-Ex

To say Mary (Katherine Barrell) has been unlucky in the love department is a bit of an understatement. Her college boyfriend, the handsome, but dim-witted Patrick (André Bharti, who also wrote the script), was a drama major who spent more time getting high than he did studying. Fed up with Patrick’s lack of ambition, she […]

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