Tag Archives: Drama

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 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 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 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 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 […]

December 11

Black Star: Rude

In a previous piece on TIFF Cinematheque’s Black Star series I had mentioned that Clement Virgo’s Rude had a profound impact on me when I was younger. It changed the way I looked at Canadian cinema, especially in terms of whose stories could be told. A captivating debut feature whose creativity and passion still resonates […]

December 06

Black Star: Six Degrees of Separation

Fred Schepisi’s Six Degrees of Separation, the adaptation of John Guare’s play of the same name, is a film that puts me in a happy place. I have lost count of how many times I have watched the film, and yet it still makes even the gloomiest of days slightly brighter. To this day I […]

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 […]

November 20

EUFF 2017: My Name Is Emily

Mental stability and genius are two edges of a thin piece of wire. Robert (Michael Smiley) is bubbling under the wrong side of the ledger until his daughter Emily (Evanna Lynch) is born. Emily inspires Robert to fully blossoms as a person. He becomes a teacher and is moved to write a book turns into […]

November 19

EUFF 2017: The Citizen

Wilson (Dr. Cake-Baly Marcelo) has been trying to pass the citizenship test for years. He is a political refugee in Hungary having lost his wife, and two daughters who are still missing, in a conflict in his native land Guinea-Bissau. He works as a security guard in a supermarket and lives in an apartment complex […]

November 15

New on Blu-ray: In this Corner of the World

It is common for films recounting the turbulent nature of World War II, especially the bombing of Hiroshima, to focus on the devastation. The horrors of war is something that audiences still find disturbing and fascinating with equal measure. This is why Sunao Katabuchi’s In this Corner of the World is such an intriguing work. […]

November 12

Black Star: Imitation of Life

John M. Stahl’s 1934 version of Imitation of Life may be a product of a certain era, but some of its themes still feel relevant today. It is a film that speaks to all those who, even for a fleeting moment, wished they were born into different circumstances. Adapted from Fannie Hurst’s novel, Stahl’s film […]

November 04

Black Star: Jean of the Joneses

Do not be fooled by the jazzy New York vibe of Stella Meghie’s multigenerational comedy Jean of the Joneses. While it is reminiscent of the works of Woody Allen and Whit Stillman, Meghie’s film has its own wonderfully distinct voice. The film follows the mishaps of Jean (Taylour Paige), a promising young writer who is […]

October 27

Expect the Unexpected: Election II

Johnnie To’s Election II: Harmony is Virtue is one of those sequels that not only builds on its predecessor, but surpasses it. If the original Election was about the quest to gain power, then this film is about the problems that come with trying to evolve that power in the face of historical legacy. The […]

October 26

Expect the Unexpected: Election

When one thinks of elections images of debates, grand promises and slanderous television advertisements often come to mind. In the criminal underworld where the characters in Johnnie To’s Election reside, campaigning is taken to a whole other level. Bribery and promises of expanded territories are the tactics of choice. If that does not work, you […]

October 24

TADFF 2017: Lowlife

There’s nothing like a good crime caper film to get people excited, and Ryan Prows’ first feature film, Lowlife does just that. Using his Taco restaurant as a front, Teddy ‘Bear’ Haynes (Mark Burnham) is an organ runner and pimp, using illegal immigrants as his main supply. He has El Monstruo (Ricardo Adam Zarate), as […]