The Big Short an unpretentious portrayal of the financial crisis

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Director: Adam McKay Writers: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling Now that we’ve gained enough distance from the financial crisis, we’re sure to see more films like The Big Short. In the years since, films about the financial crisis have mostly been limited to documentaries with the topic occasionally coming up in character backstories or in very earnest, … Continue reading The Big Short an unpretentious portrayal of the financial crisis

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

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