We get them seemingly every year. You know, those sweet inoffensive films full of smiling characters, played by bad actors, in unrealistic settings who go on predictable journeys of realising Christianity is undoubtedly 100% true. Even typing it makes me want to throw up a little bit. Yet this has almost nothing to do with… Continue reading Why a religious film like Menashe is superior to the usual propagandist bullshit.
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.
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.
In the time since I arrived in Canada a few months ago, the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto – the closest thing this country has to the BFI Southbank in London, my favourite place in all of England – has sat right at the top of my list of places to visit. A couple of… Continue reading A Ghost Story at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
In the years since James Wan surprised western audiences and myself with Insidious (2011), an American horror film that I unexpectedly liked very much, we’ve had The Conjuring and Insidious chapter 2 (both 2013, both also directed by Wan), Insidious chapter 3 (2015, directed by frequent Wan collaborator Leigh Whannell), and The Conjuring 2 (2016,… Continue reading More demonic happenings in Annabelle Creation…