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Category: Movie Reviews

‘Jungleland’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Jungleland is a film straight out of the 70’s.  Everything from the heavily influenced storyline to the pacing, provide a glimpse to films gone past.  The male centered melodrama based on the relationship between two brothers facing hard times as a bareknuckle boxer and manager is both refreshing and exhausting.  It is refreshing because this ...

‘Lucy in the Sky’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Noah Hawley is a consistently innovative writer and filmmaker. His visual storytelling is virtually unmatched, with Hawley channeling his inner David Lynch in the last couple years. Hawley brings that visual flair, best seen in his FX series Legion, to his feature film directorial debut: Lucy in the Sky. Inspired by the real-life story of ...

‘Weathering With You’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Weathering With You (Japanese: 天気の子) is a 2019 Japanese animated romantic fantasy film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. This long-awaited anime follow-up to his 2017 acclaimed feature, Your Name, did not disappoint. The film is set in Japan during a period of exceptionally rainy weather and tells the story of a high school boy who ...

‘Honey Boy’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

It wasn’t too long ago that Shia LaBeouf was out in the streets of L.A, showcasing outrageous art pieces, as well as making headlines for troubled behaviour. With his personal and professional life in a tailspin, it seemed like Shia had gone off the deep end, with no end in sight. The funny teen actor ...

‘Uncut Gems’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Winning -- at anything -- can feel really good. Especially after a series of miscalculated failures. The rush someone can derive from it is immense and extremely pleasing. That attitude, however, can ultimately prove dangerous when winning involves big risks, which can lead to a self-destructive path fraught with peril. In their latest film, Uncut ...

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Film Review

From afar, The Peanut Butter Falcon seems like a simple movie.  The Peanut Butter Falcon follows Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a 20-something-year-old with down syndrome, escapes from his care facility in Florida in search of a new life. Zak wants to go to a wrestling school in North Carolina which is run by his idol, The Salt ...

‘Ford v Ferrari’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Ford v Ferrari is an exhilarating film that shows the unique history of one of the great sportscars my dad lusts over.  Helmed by director James Mangold (Logan), this biographical sports drama depicts the events leading up to and through the fabled 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans: an automobile race which saw the first ...

‘Joker’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is a cinematic narrative that examines the method to the madness of DC’s most prolific villain. Joker’s often eccentric theatrics may leave an audience divided in regard to the social commentary. On one side, you will have the group that will adorn and champion the movie’s main character and look to ...

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Jojo Rabbit follows an ostracized German boy in the Hitler Youths named Jojo Betzler (played by Roman Griffin Davis) whose imaginary friend is an idiotic version of Adolf Hitler (Writer/Director Taika Waititi) at the height of World War 2 Nazi Germany.  When Jojo learns that his mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is secretly hiding a Jewish ...

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

There is a sequence in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood that speaks volume to the massive reach Fred Rogers had on this world. Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) and Mister Rogers (Tom Hanks) take the subway to Rogers’ apartment in New York City. As the train ride begins, Rogers and Vogel are fairly silent. Then, ...

‘Good Boys’ Film Review

If Superbad is the gold standard for raunchy high school comedies, then Good Boys, in my humble opinion, is the first “coming of age” comedy since the 2007 hit to come close to that level of humor.  Although the film follows the escapades of three middle schoolers, all of the typical high school comedy tropes ...

‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ Film Review

Based off of the novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain follows to Swift family through the eyes of their witty and wise golden retriever, Enzo. While this narration style has been done before with films such as A Dogs Purpose, I believe The Art of Racing in The Rain sets ...

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