An engaging and aimless exploration of pre-digital urban boyhood Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid90s follows Sunny Suljic’s Stevie as he careens into adolescence during a very specific period of American Culture. As his social capital grows, he engages in riskier and more toxic behaviour. We’re forced to watch, for better or worse, as he fashions […]

Eternity, as it turns out, is overwhelming. Vincent van Gogh’s life was incredibly difficult. He was impoverished. Many of those who knew him feared him. He lived a transient existence, wandering the countryside of southern France, often hungry, painting what he found beautiful. He died of a gunshot wound, penniless and alone. But he also […]

A resounding celebration of not just people, but life. The first interview is harrowing. He’s just a typical looking guy, telling us how he understands love. Slowly, as his story progresses, the various complexities and paradoxes of his life emerge. The person who loves him the most is the person who he’s hurt the worst. […]

The world of Isle of Dogs is ruled by cat lovers which, as you would imagine, is incredibly inconvenient for all the dutiful dogs who make Megasaki City their home. Another problem is the dog flu, which, if the frightening feline friends are to be believed, has infected every dog in this dangerous, dystopian world. […]

As affecting as it is beautifully constructed, ‘Indian Horse’ is a landmark in Canadian film. At first it seems like it might be a documentary. Cinematographer Yves Bélanger’s beautiful, calm camera work suggests Indian Horse is firmly grounded, entirely occuring in one place over a few years. It’s not. Soon we’ll become unstuck in time […]

“Me? No, I’ve never smashed a kneecap”– Tonya Harding, potential kneecap smasher Early in the film, Tonya’s mother LaVona (a delightfully nasty Allison Janney) compares Tonya to a flower; herself she calls a gardener. With the right gardener, a flower can bloom into someone special. But Tonya, played by a pitch perfect Margot Robbie, needs […]

What happens when you sideline the important plot points? A disastrous narrative experiment. A note on spoilers: There isn’t much important plot in Happy End. I mention perhaps the only major point in this review. It’s the inciting incident, so I feel comfortable discussing it – but be warned, ye who enter here: there be […]

Tim Burton’s fairy tale can’t draw blood, but it leaves its mark. Fairy tales can be hard to pin down. They don’t aspire to fulfill basic narrative expectations like pacing or logical character motivations: Why does the Witch want to eat Hansel and Gretel? Well, uh, because that’s what witches do, I guess. Edward Scissorhands […]