January 19

Sundance 2018: Hedgehog’s Home, Manivald

There are several great Canadian short films playing Sundance, take For Nonna Anna and I Like Girls for example, that we recommend you seek out see if you happen to be attending the festival. Along with I Like Girls, The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has two other delightful short films screening at Sundance […]

January 18

New on DVD: Breathe

Andy Serkis makes his directorial debut with Breathe, which is now available on DVD & Digital Copy combo packs courtesy of Elevation Pictures. It is a tale of love and courage in the face of adversity. The film focuses on Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy), a couple whose lives were altered […]

January 16

The Final Year

Greg Barker’s fly-on-the-wall documentary The Final Year presents a fascinating exploration of the last year of the Barack Obama administration. Focusing specifically on Samantha Power (US Ambassador to the United Nations), Ben Rhodes (Deputy National Security Advisor/speechwriter), John Kerry (US Secretary of State) and Susan Rice (National Security Advisor), the film observes the vigorous efforts […]

January 13

Changing Reels S2 E1 – Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

We kick off 2018 with Jim Jarmusch’s 1999 film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. In the film Forest Whitaker plays Ghost Dog, a mafia hit man who follows the ancient code of the samurai. For our short film spotlight, we discuss the Nick Cave narrated film The Cat Piano by Ari Gibson & […]

January 12

Happy End

Michael Haneke’s follow-up to his Academy Award winning Amour is a sharp dark comedy that takes stinging jabs at family, societal appearances and our unhealthy obsession with social media. Happy End focuses on the Laurent clan as they deal with unexpected professional and personal issues, while simultaneously attempting to maintain the appearance of an affluent […]

January 10

Smoke and Mirrors

As has been the case for a long time, money makes the world go around. Smoke and Mirrors is a story about greed, corruption and consequences. One could label this a political thriller for lack of a better description. Francisco “Paco” Paesa (Eduard Fernández) is working for the government in Spain in the mid-80s. His […]

January 03

Downsizing

Everyone’s favourite man of the moment stars in yet another decidedly average film. The concept was interesting, but the execution was… well, tedious. Downsizing is described as a social satire, where people can decide to shrink to five inches of height to sort out their finances. I’m still unsure; is there meaning buried under the […]

January 01

A Look at Television in 2017

I watched a LOT of TV in 2017. My movie watching was down, but clearly TV stepped up in its place. Here are some thoughts on the series I enjoyed, and specific episodes worth seeking out if you haven’t watched these shows before. Star Trek: Discovery S1 Ep 7 – Magic to Make the Sanest […]

December 30

Top Films of 2017

I struggled to come up with a single word to describe this year. So much of 2017 for me was consumed by politics and the uncomfortable, but necessary, conversations we are only now starting to have regarding race, gender, beliefs and power. Through it all cinema was both my source of escapism and a place […]

December 28

Pitch Perfect 3

Right up front I feel I must say that I am the target audience for the Pitch Perfect movies. I love a cappella and I love movies with singing. Feel free to take anything that comes next with that context in mind. There was not a lot to expand this franchise on after Pitch Perfect […]

December 27

The Greatest Showman

Life is all about expectations. Entertainment is all about finding things to meet those expectations. Phineas Taylor (later known as P.T.) Barnum (Hugh Jackman) grew up knowing people expected him to be quiet and know his place as a tailor’s son. All he wanted was to surpass their expectations. Oh, and to prove himself worthy […]

December 24

Darkest Hour

There are some films that can rest solely on the shoulders of a brilliant performance, and Darkest Hour is such a film. While Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk places audience in the petrified shoes of soldiers stranded on Dunkirk, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour focuses on the man who had to decide whether or not Britain would sacrifice […]

December 23

Bright

After hitting it out of the park with both Okja and Mudbound, Netflix’s latest original film Bright is a huge step backwards in some regards. While the company deserves credit for taking risks and financing high-concept works, David Ayer’s latest film proves that even ambitious streaming companies like Netflix can completely misread what consumers want […]

December 22

Frameline Talks “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters”

In the last episode of Frameline for 2017, Barbara Goslawski and Matthew Price spoke with Art Gallery of Ontario curator Jim Shedden about his sprawling exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters. Running until January 7, 2018, At Home with Monsters offers a “rare glimpse into the world of renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro […]

December 21

Expect the Unexpected: Mad Detective

It’s not always an easy thing to understand what is going on in Johnnie To’s and Wai Ka-fai’s psychological mystery Mad Detective – and that’s definitely on purpose. The film is like a hyper-stylized melding of Seven and Fight Club, a seedy and violent noir detective story with an injection of the supernatural. The film […]

December 20

Expect the Unexpected: PTU

PTU follows a group of police officers patrolling the city of Hong Kong who are asked for help by another officer, Lo Sa (Lam Suet), who lost his gun in the area during a fight with a street gang. Lo Sa is hesitant to report the loss to HQ as he is worried that it […]

December 19

New on Blu-ray: mother!

Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, one of the most inventive and divisive films of the year, arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack today courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution. A dizzying experience that is both thrilling and infuriating mother! is a film that reveals itself in different ways to different eyes. On one level, […]

December 18

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Nine films into the franchise (if you include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) there are certain eye-rolling tropes that one comes to expect from a Star Wars film. There will be a plan involving sneaking behind enemy lines. The Millennium Falcon (or fill in the heroic spaceship of your choice) will need to fly […]

December 16

The Post

The overused word that you will most likely hear when people discuss Steven Spielberg’s latest film is “timely.” It is almost impossible to watch The Post and not think of President Trump’s war on the media. Or at least what he deems as fake news. Of course this is all by design. Judging by the […]

December 14

Expect the Unexpected: Running on Karma

Released in 2003, Running on Karma by directors Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai is a delightfully strange action thriller film masking as a parable on the mysteries of karma. At the center of the story is Big, a Buddhist Monk turned body builder and male stripper. One night, during a raid on his strip club […]