Again another film being released in Canada and the US months after its original release in the UK. With favorable reviews and quite the star-studded cast, this historical, political satire piqued my interest and rose to the top of my watch-list.
Although this film has been out for a few months in the UK, it’s finally being released in Canada. I’m a fan of seeing the occasional character-driven dramas and this is the definition of a stage play turned film so here we go.
Here we go, another one of Netflix reported 80 planned film releases for 2018. Hopefully they didn’t go for quantity over quality.
Calling all Trekkies! Captain Kev, calling all Trekkies!
Christian Bale’s last western was 3:10 to Yuma and with how good that was I was excited to see what would happen with his newest film in the genre. As usual I went into this film completely blind and for good reason because the trailer details a little too much of the story for my liking.
Here it is, my first screening of 2018 and this is a big one. I knew next to nothing about Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film other than it would be the final performance of Daniel Day-Lewis who is considered by most to be the greatest living actor. With that in mind, I decided to avoid the trailer and any other information and went into it completely blind.
Novitiate is one of those films you got to really want to see. It is a film that most will miss in the theaters and might not find until later if it gets any sort of publicity or recognition during awards season. At its heart, it’s a film that deals with a very specific issue involving the Catholic church during a major time of transition that will either intrigue filmgoers or be just another title to skip over when looking for The Last Jedi showtimes. Continue reading “Novitiate – An Uneasy Watch With Limited Appeal (Guest Review)”
The nativity story that inspired Christmas has been told and retold in various mediums and media, including children’s books, animated specials, and live-action feature films. Now, Sony Pictures Animation and director Timothy Reckart presents a new spin to the classic Nativity Story with the animated film The Star. Does this movie weave a new thread in this old tale or is it a far cry from its religious source material?
The American military is controversial as an institution, but the individuals who comprise the institution receive an enormous amount of empathy. They give up huge swaths of their life for one reason or another. Usually, it’s to provide a future for their fledgling family and to protect the country they love. However, when they return to civilian life, they are rarely the same. The horrors of war take their toll on those serving on the front lines. It’s a bit of an open secret, and many steps have been made to destigmatize PTSD over the last decade or so.
So this film was already climbing an uphill battle. Between Martin Scorsese dropping out as director to the new director Tomas Alfredson revealing that they didn’t shoot 10-15% of the script, The Snowman just seemed to be a lost cause from the beginning. Regardless, the cast and acclaimed novel it was based on intrigued me, so here we are.