Best Of: Christmas Films
Christmas films are very important to me. Both the good and the bad (in fact, sometimes the bad are the most fun). One of my favourite things about Christmas is the ritual of watching new additions that inevitably appear on streaming services like Netflix but, mostly, re-visiting the old classics. It’s no coincidence that, even […]
Best Of: Martin Scorsese Films
In case you missed it, Martin Scorsese’s new film, The Irishman—about the Buffalino crime family and their connection to infamous Teamster Jimmy Hoffa—landed on Netflix on the 27th of November after a limited cinema release. It’s a big deal because, well, it’s Scorsese, and also because it marks the re-uniting of some of the best actors […]
The Best Sport Movies
I don’t care that much about sport, but for some reason I love movies about sport. I love the comradery, the struggle, the eventual win against all odds. So, in case you’re in need of a good hit of those things, here are five sports movies that I consider essential viewing.
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The Responsibility of Art
A while ago, I wrote about Todd Phillips’ new film Joker, which has been the subject of ongoing controversy regarding the film’s depiction of intense violence. There’s a belief that such brutal on-screen depictions could invite real-world acts of violence in response. This begs an important question: should an artist bear any responsibility for what […]
What is Joker Actually About?
Since it first appeared at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival in August to an eight-minute standing ovation, Joker has been surrounded by controversy, much of it fuelled by director Todd Phillips. Indeed, between the reviews, reddit boards, and Twitter threads, there’s a lot—both good and bad—to be mined in the film’s broader discourse. The […]
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Review: Ad Astra
The pitch for Ad Astra, the latest film from writer-director James Gray, is a simple one: in the near future, man ventures into space in search of a lost expedition. The result is much less Interstellar and more Apocalypse Now, as astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) must go to Neptune alone to locate international hero […]
There are Great Movies, and Then There are Great Movies for Women
Recently, while in the midst of an episode of the second season of Big Little Lies, my Dad asked what I was watching. I told him what it was and how good it was, and he replied that, true though that may be, he wasn’t all that interested in watching the characters in the show […]
Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Joan Didion once wrote that the 60s ended on August 9,1969, when five people were brutally murdered at Sharon Tate’s house by members of “the Family”, Charles Manson’s cult. In many ways, Quentin Tarantino’s most recent film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a meditation on the events of that fateful night, the effects […]
Who is the best Spider-Man?
For basically my whole life growing up, Tobey Maguire was Spider-Man. He was the best and the only, but since Sam Raimi’s initial 2002 film, we’ve had several more versions of Spider-Man, from 30-year-old Tobey Maguire’s run over the course of three films (the last of which was released in 2007), to Andrew Garfield in The […]
Why I Love Going to the Movies
I love going to the movies. Any movie will do, and actually, sometimes there’s nothing better than going to a bad movie just to sit back, relax, and demolish snacks in the dark.
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