Category Archives: Film

…shed some light

Golden GlobesYesterday, the 2017 Golden Globe nominations were announced, and while there were the usual discussions of surprises and snubs, one particular oversight stung a little bit more than usual.

That’s of course because this isn’t just the kickoff of the forthcoming awards season, it’s also the first round of Hollywood nominations since the ongoing chorus of #metoo began…a fact that made the category of “Best Director of a Motion Picture” a little difficult to stomach.

But I mean, who was going to tell Stephen Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, or Martin McDonagh that they’d been overlooked for a woman who wrote and directed the most critically acclaimed film of the year? I mean what did you expect? Read the rest of this entry

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…honour Christmas in our hearts

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For a storyteller, inspiration can strike anywhere at any time, and in the case of Charles Dickens in “The Man Who Invented Christmas” that process is put before us in the most fantastical way imaginable.

For many I imagine Charles Dickens is a name only, sure it’s connected to some of the greatest books of all time, “Oliver Twist,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Hard Times,” and I could be here for days, I think you get the point. But at the end of the day, he’s merely the name on those dust jackets.

This magical tale which weaves together history and a few more fantastic elements begins with Mr. Dickens (Dan Stevens) in dire straights following the flop of “Martin Chuzzlewit.” What? You haven’t heard of “Martin Chuzzlewit”? Read the rest of this entry

…Shop On

Happy Sunday! With only 21(ish) days shopping days till Christmas, lazy Sundays will be a fond memory from now until 2018.

To those who have had their holiday shopping done for months, good for you. Some of us enjoy shopping surrounded by twinkling lights, holiday tunes, Christmas trees, and hundreds of stressed out shoppers, but you do you. Read the rest of this entry

…Play On

Maybe it’s the presence of a “Frozen” short at the beginning, or perhaps it’s the addition of original songs. Whatever it is, something feels off in Pixar’s latest endeavor, “Coco.”

This colorful feast for the eyes does not fail to entertain, but it lacks that Pixar punch. You know, that swift blow to your emotional gut that had you diving for the tissues during the opening of “Up.” Instead, it feels a lot more like a standard Disney story, with a clearly outlined agenda and a lack of depth.

What “Coco” does have going for it is stunning animation, a wealth of talent in its cast, and a look at a world outside of the usual Pixar fare. Read the rest of this entry

…take note

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Crusaders, we made it! It’s Thursday (aka Friday Eve)! I think we can all agree that it’s been a rough couple of days here…without getting into details because I just can’t.

So today I thought it’d be nice to take a moment to breathe away from the news cycle and catch up on some of the more delightful highlights of the week. Because believe it or not, good things have happened this week. Let’s take a moment to remember and cherish them… Read the rest of this entry