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Film

April 10, 2016

★★★★ Director: Adam McKay   I laughed a lot for a movie about one of the most severe events of our lifetime. Director Adam McKay probably didn’t want to produce something gloomy and prescriptive. But, despite the light-hearted portions, the film has a serious message—and its late 2015 release is surely no coincidence with the […]

April 3, 2016

A man sits beside you on the bus. There are plenty of other seats, but he takes that one right next to you. This is annoying, but most of us have been there. He’s not breaking any laws, just unspoken social rules. But what if he smells bad? Or what if he’s shirtless? No laws […]

March 20, 2016

“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl”—Jean-Luc Godard, 1991.   The Alliance Française French Film Festival has been running over the past couple of weeks, so we thought it would be worthwhile to run a review section on the beauty that is French film. Including a 2015/16 entry Marguerite, to […]

March 13, 2016

“I know you said dreams sequences are for f**s, but I think it could work, don’t you?” Although the above quote is offensive, Martin McDonagh’s film Seven Psychopaths provocatively points out that the presence of dream sequences in films has been played out. They stretch back to Dorothy discovering that, actually, she was still in […]

March 6, 2016

★★★★ Director—Alejandro G. Iñárritu   Based on the nonfiction novel of the same name, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s adaptation is hard to pin down. Iñárritu brings together genres such as action, adventure, revenge, and history, creating a film that cohesively takes a slice out of almost everything. In doing so, it makes for an experience that […]

March 6, 2016

★★★★★ “Starting to see pictures, ain’t ya?”   Director—Quentin Tarantino   Before production began Quentin Tarantino’s latest film was almost DOA. Following the leak of the screenplay Tarantino seriously considered releasing it as a novel, but I am certainly glad he didn’t. Using a combination of solid direction, fantastic performances, stellar dialogue, and a terrific […]

March 6, 2016

★★★ Director—Ben Stiller In 2001, Zoolander had the misfortunate theatrical release about two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, causing movie-goers to withdraw their appetite for comedy and avoid the theatre. Blue Magnum had to wait for DVDs to circulate before it became a standard photo pose for the everyday, ridiculously good-looking man. When I viewed the sequel, […]

February 28, 2016

★★★★ Directed by—Tom Hooper     The Danish Girl is a powerful, yet sensitive, portrait of the transgender pioneer, Lili Elbe. Based on David Ebershoff’s novel of the same, and loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, the onscreen adaptation of this unique book is director Tom Hooper’s latest […]

February 28, 2016

★★★★ Directed by—Lenny Abrahamson   Room is a powerful, affecting story of the love between a mother and son. Adapted for the screen by Emma Donoghue and based on her much-lauded novel of the same name, which drew inspiration from the Fritzl case in Austria, this is one of the most talked about films of […]

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