Unsurprisingly, a new Star Wars film has split audiences and fans alike. What’s more surprising perhaps is just how contrasting their reactions have been. I’ve heard some making the absurd claim that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is worse than the prequel trilogy. Others have told those who didn’t like large parts of it to… Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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.
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.
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.