Of the films I’ve seen at TIFF thus far, two stand out as ready to go head-to-head with Dunkirk in the main categories at the Oscars early next year. I’ve already said previously I expect The Current War to be nominated for Best Picture, but it will more than likely just be there to make… Continue reading Breathe and The Shape of Water are set to become firm Oscar favourites.
In the years since Morgan Spurlock’s first entertaining and informative documentary, Super Size Me (2004), the fast food industry seems to have… ‘changed’. Nowadays, it’s cool to be healthy. To eat free range, ethically sourced, organically fed meat. With no additives, no hormonal injections to increase growth, and heavens, absolutely no unpleasant images of those horrid… Continue reading Super Size Me 2 is a vital lesson in critical thinking.
It’s festival season again, and this year my personal choice, mostly due to circumstance and slightly due to planning, is Toronto. Conveniently it’s also one of the biggest fall film festivals there is. A fair amount of movies premiering here will be found roaming the streets of Hollywood come Oscar time, I can guarantee. With… Continue reading TIFF preview: 15 films I’m excited for.
Columbus is essentially a film about parental issues with a side of architecture; how relatives can hold us back without realising it; the importance of moving on from relationships, and learning to live for yourself rather than in someone else’s shadow. Characters here deal with situations in realistic, honest fashion, as well written as any… Continue reading Contrasting architecture and relationships in Columbus.
Last week, news broke that Ed Skrein had pulled out of his role in the upcoming Hellboy reboot movie, in which he, a white English actor, was due to play a character of Asian heritage (read the story here, and a follow-up to it here). While I haven’t quite been on the ball enough to fully… Continue reading Why representation and diversity on screen is so important.
Chris Nolan’s Memento. David Fincher’s Fight Club. Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko. Or more recently; Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, even Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson from last year, starring this film’s own Adam Driver. What these films all have in common is little more than they are some of my absolute favourites. But besides… Continue reading Logan Lucky.
It struck me upon waking up this morning that I had not taken the time to tell you what TIFF actually means in my blog post yesterday, in which I used the term in passing numerous times. Now, I have no doubt the film aficionados among you will need no informing, but I don’t particularly… Continue reading TIFF: an explanation.