Tag Archives: 2017

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 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 […]

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 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 04

Last Flag Flying

The latest work by Richard Linklater is one of those films where it is not so much the journey itself that matters, but rather the people who are on it. Thirty years after serving in the Vietnam war together, Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell), a Navy corpsman, seeks out his old Marine pals Sal Nealon […]

December 01

Coco

When I was much younger, there were times when I would wonder what people might say at my funeral. Now I am at a stage in my life where I occasionally ponder who will be the ones that will remember me in the years after my death? The importance of keeping the memory of our […]

November 25

BITS 2017: Darken

Audrey Cummings’much anticipated follow-up to her stirring Berkshire County is a high concept science fiction story set in a strange world not too far off from our own. Darken is the type of film that one could easily see as a trilogy or a 13-part series on one of the numerous streaming services. Hopefully Cummings […]

November 24

BITS 2017: Paint the Town Red, Itch, Crux: Black Sol Empire

Paint the Town Red Scoring tickets to an ultra upscale night club, Josephine (Ariel Hansen, who co-directs the film with Christopher Andrew Graham) and Andie (Allison Klause who is delightful in the role) are excited to have a girls’ night out on the town. Unlike her oblivious party eager friend, Andie cannot help but notice […]

November 24

BITS 2017: Fake Blood

Low-budget horror filmmakers Rob Grant (director/co-writer) and Mike Kovacs (co-writer) turn the camera on themselves and blur the line between reality in fiction in their latest effort, Fake Blood. When Grant and Kovacs receive a video nitpicking one of the more gruesome scenes in their previous film Mon Ami, they find themselves considering the connection […]

November 23

BITS 2017: Kill Order

James Mark’s Kill Order plays like a throwback to the type of action films that were prevalent in the 90’s. The foot to face martial arts films that helped to make individuals such as Billy Blanks, Cynthia Rothrock and Jalal Merhi international stars. If there is any justice, then Chris Mark will follow suit. An […]

November 22

BITS 2017: Red Spring

It is tempting to call Jeff Sinasac’s Red Spring a vampire film for The Walking Dead generation. The film features a group of survivors thrown together in a land ravaged by vampires with only each other to rely on. However, such a simplistic comparison does a disservice to all the things that makes Sinasac’s tale […]