Category Archives: Articles

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 08

A Look at Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival

This week TIFF unveiled its selection of films that will screen at their annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival in January. The festival is designed to celebrate the best in Canadian cinema. Over at In the Seats, I examine this year’s selections and what they say about Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival overall. You can […]

November 18

25 Years Later Malcolm X Still Resonates

25 years ago today Spike Lee’s Malcolm X was released in theatres. The fact that it even made it to theatres is remarkable. Unlike Martin Luther King, who has benefitted from revisionist history, Malcolm X was a figure not looked upon with the same rose coloured glasses. X’s use of his platform to bring awareness […]

October 31

What To See at TIFF’s Black Star Series

This weekend marks the start of TIFF Cinematheque’s Black Star series celebrating 100 years of black excellence on screen. Running from November 3, 2017 to December 22, 2017, and featuring a slew of feature length and short films curated by Ashley Clark, a writer and senior programmer of cinema at BAM in Brooklyn, the series […]

July 22

Reflecting on George A. Romero’s Legacy

It has been a little quiet here over the last week as a well-earned vacation was in order. Sure, there are a slew of films that I probably should be seeing and discussing this summer, but it was important to squeeze in some family time prior to the fall film festival season kicking into gear. […]

June 24

Revisiting the Works of Errol Morris

As Errol Morris’ latest film, The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, opens this weekend, I decided to spend some time revisiting his influential canon. If you are new to Morris’ films, and are wondering where is a good place to dive in, then I am here to help. Over at In the Seats, I looked […]

March 27

Fast & Furious Franchise’s 8 Most Outlandish Moments

The Fast & Furious series has evolved greatly from its humble beginnings. Over the course of seven films we have watched Dominic Toretto and his crew go from street racing criminals to government sponsored superheroes (or elite task force if you will). While fans can debate the ranking of their favorite films in the series, […]

February 11

Oscars: A Documentary Race for the Ages

Will La La Land dance its way to the Best Picture win? Does Moonlight or Manchester by the Sea have enough momentum to sway voters? Can Hidden Figures or Fences pull a Super Bowl level come from behind upset? As film lovers and pundits engage in debates comparing the merits of the various Academy Award […]

January 22

The End of #OscarsSoWhite? Not So Fast.

On Tuesday the Academy Awards will be announcing this year’s nominees vying for the iconic golden statues in various categories. In the past, the lead up to the announcement was a time of speculation and excitement for cinephiles worldwide. This year, however, feels different. The escapist fanfare that the Oscar nominations once provided has been […]

December 31

2016: Blockbuster Beatdown

Millions rallying behind a man who crudely tells it like it is…or at least his skewed version of the truth. Openly misogynistic rhetoric flooding social media; some of which lamenting the loss of the good ole days. Hordes of people rejecting that which was once considered a sure bet. In a strange way, it can […]

August 22

TIFF’s Importance Goes Beyond Oscar Glory

As I sit here with tears welling in my eyes, having joined the rest of the nation in watching The Tragically Hip’s farewell concert, I want nothing more than to scream. To unleash the rage inside and break free of sense of the melancholy that has been holding me down for months. If there was […]

July 05

Say What You Will, Independence Day Did Summer Blockbuster Right

It is funny how time changes perception. Back in the summer of 1996, July 3rd to be exact, the world was partly destroyed by aliens, and mankind banded together, at least in America, to fight for the planet they loved. All the while millions of people sat with popcorn in hand watching the events unfold. […]

March 23

Zootopia Offers Parents a Gateway to Discourse

A little over a year and a half ago, I was at MacDonald’s with my wife and then three-year-old son hoping to grab a quick bite before running a few errands. While my wife stood in line to order our food, my son and I rushed to grab the only seat available in the surprisingly […]

March 09

Nina: Is Controversy Good for Business?

In the realm of popular culture, last week was one for the ages. Donald Trump’s seemingly inexplicable reign on the campaign trail continued to roll on with the same force, and sense of reckless abandonment, as the runaway train in the film Unstoppable. However, it wasn’t the political mudslinging, the references to penis sizes, or […]

January 13

The Uncomfortable Nature of Race in The Hateful Eight

Warning the following contains a few spoilers for The Hateful Eight. It is advised that you view the film before reading this piece. An unexpected uneasiness washed over me while watching Quentin Tarantino’s latest opus The Hateful Eight. It was a feeling that hit me with the same surprising intensity as the blood that paints […]

December 02

The Nominating Conundrum

A few weekends ago I went on a fried chicken crawl around the downtown core. The goal was for each team to sample the wares at four different eateries and rate them based on a predefined ranking system. Everything from the crust, taste, sides, and overall value was up for scrutiny. As one observer joked […]

November 30

The Female Pioneer of American Experimental Cinema: Maya Deren

Rebellious visual artists have always given the world of cinema a distinctive aesthetic. Experimental films, therefore, continue to help cinema remain an art in itself. In an age when Hollywood was producing large scale films with clear narratives, directors like Maya Deren persistently created films which knocked audience off-balance and often left them uncomfortable and […]

November 03

Too Much of a Good Thing?

One of the things that stuck with me from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was the number of folks who lamented about the quality of films that were being released in 2015. While some praised the strong crop of films, there was a large vocal contingent who noted that there were numerous “good” […]

September 24

The Burden of Anticipation

“It would have been appreciated a lot more had it not won the Palme d’Or” is a phrase I found my saying a lot when talking about Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last week. Audiard’s film works well for the small character study it is, unfortunately many people I spoke […]