Spotlight an intelligent film about institutions and responsibility

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Director: Tom McCarthy Writers: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams The first thing you notice about Spotlight is all the greys and blues. Decidedly dreary, the lighting and colour scheme is a fitting choice since there is absolutely nothing cheerful about the subject matter. Focused on the story of the widespread sexual abuse of children by members … Continue reading Spotlight an intelligent film about institutions and responsibility

Laugh while learning about the country’s politics in My Internship in Canada

Photo credit: Eye on Canada Odds are that if a Torontonian tells you they love politics and you try to engage them in a discussion on Canadian politics they’ll reply that they were talking about international affairs. Funny, eh? That national and local politics is considered boring even though they’re the most relevant to our everyday lives. It’s not that nothing happens here, but with the … Continue reading Laugh while learning about the country’s politics in My Internship in Canada

Life imitates art in Gemma Bovery

“I’d rather you do drugs than talk crap.” This is a line from a father to his son very early in Gemma Bovery. There’s nothing dysfunctional about their relationship – in fact, the family appears entirely happy. It’s an indication of the tone this movie will take: wry and unapologetic. Our protagonist, Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini), delivers that hilarious line. After working in publishing in … Continue reading Life imitates art in Gemma Bovery

6 Movies About Starting Fresh

Bridget Jones’s Diary This movie has everything you want in a story about starting over: an embarrassing moment that precipitates ambitious goal setting, a love triangle, and a ridiculous exercise montage. It also has the requisite dry humour that make British comedies such a treat. When I was younger, I thought Renee Zellweger was English. Turns out she’s from Texas. Coming To America After deciding … Continue reading 6 Movies About Starting Fresh

An Unhelpful Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Up until yesterday, I thought Hayden Christensen played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films. Most people’s reactions have suggested that this is embarrassing, and I should keep it to myself. I know next to nothing about Star Wars, and if a friend hadn’t invited me to tag along, I would have gone another twenty years without the franchise entering my orbit (no pun intended). … Continue reading An Unhelpful Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Staying in on Sunday with a Denzel double feature

Sundays are a toss-up. For some it’s the day of rest. For others it’s a day to get things done. And then there is that fickle group of people who fluctuate between the two. Whether you deliberately planned to relax today, or all your friends flopped on brunch plans at the last minute, we’ve got you covered with a Denzel double feature to keep you … Continue reading Staying in on Sunday with a Denzel double feature

Subjects become revolutionaries in The Hunger Games finale

In recent years, production companies have opted to divide the final instalment of blockbuster franchises into two parts. To hit extra plot points from the source material, sure, but most likely to get additional bang for their buck. The benefits of this is the ability to hit the ground running in the second half, and this was certainly a good choice for The Hunger Games: … Continue reading Subjects become revolutionaries in The Hunger Games finale