Category Archives: Opinion

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

June 17

The Surprising Resurgence of Universal Pictures

Now that the dust has settled and the genetically modified dinosaurs are presumably back in their holding cells until the next Jurassic film is unleashed, the contenders are becoming a little clearer now that we have reached the halfway point of the year. The competition I am referring to is the yearly financial race that […]

June 07

Changing the Conversation: Women and the Box Office

Casey Newton is the hero the future, and cinema in general, needs. She is extremely intelligent, determined, optimistic, and is willing to sacrifice everything for causes she feels are just. Even if it means sabotaging equipment that will be used to demolish a NASA launch pad – once the demolition is complete her father, a […]

May 14

Are We Killing the Element of Surprise in Cinema?

It is always fascinating to observe the stunned, and at times perplexed, looks that come my way when I admit that I still have not seen the latest Star Wars teaser trailer. You know the one that not only marks the triumphant return of Han Solo to the franchise, but has also caused many around […]

April 16

Autism in Film: Bringing Back the Human Element

A few weeks ago my wife brought it to my attention that April is Autism Awareness Month. As a person who is married to an individual who works closely with students both on the autism spectrum and those with other developmental disabilities, I am ashamed to admit that I did not know the month had […]

March 09

What the Fast and Furious Series Can Teach Marvel and DC

Ever since Cliff Robertson’s Uncle Ben uttered the icon words “with great power comes great responsibility” in Sam Raimi’s 2002 film Spider-Man, it seems almost every superhero tale that comes to the big screen has tried their hardest to exemplify this mantra. Whether it was Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel, Jon Favreau’s Iron Man, or […]