So I’ve just finished with what was an extremely busy couple of months that involved looking after other people’s pets, a full ten days at TIFF and three at London Film Festival, featuring around 30 films not including the entirely separate experience that is Blade Runner 2049, with a fortnight’s holiday in Florida thrown in,… Continue reading One of those updates…
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.
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.
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.