December 2, 2022

CINEMA | Top 10 Films of 2022

Paul Mescal Frankie Corio | Aftersun | VIFF 2022
Each film reviewed where linked below:
1) Aftersun (dir. Charlotte Wells) *
2) Tár (dir. Todd Field)
3) Decision to Leave (dir. Park Chan-wook) *
4) The Fabelmans (dir. Steven Spielberg)
5) After Yang (dir. Kogonada)
6) Emily the Criminal (dir. John Patton Ford)
7) Nope (dir. Jordan Peele)
8) The Menu (dir. Mark Mylod)
9) The Banshees of Inisherin (dir. Martin McDonagh) *
10) Women Talking (dir. Sarah Polley) *

December 1, 2022

SCREEN | Noah Baumbach Hears 'White Noise' x WFF 2022

"I see these car crashes as part of a long tradition of American optimism!"
Adam Driver Greta Gerwig Don Cheadle Noah Baumbach | White Noise Netflix
Whistler Film Festival
Dramatist Noah Baumbach adapts author Don DeLillo's thought to be unfilmable but quintessential 1985 post-modern novel White Noise for the screen as a surrealist dystopian black comedy spectacle. It's an ambitiously exhilarating but scattered meditation on the dense source material foreshadowing many of America's growing contemporary psychological issues surrounding death.

November 28, 2022

SCENE | A Decade of 'East Van Panto' – Reversing 'The Little Mermaid'

"Human beings are so emotionally manipulative!"
East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid
Mark Chavez / Photo credit | Emily Cooper
Commercial Drive—(November 18, 2022) East Van Panto, Theatre Replacement's beloved annual holiday tradition presented by The Cultch returns to the York Theatre to celebrate its tenth anniversary by going under the sea with a reimagined contemporary retelling of the classic mer-tale, The Little Mermaid. Gone is the underwhelming and patriarchal romance about an uncomfortably attractive teen princess literally giving up her voice for some bland random dude she met once—replaced here with a very charming pop musical parody about environmentalism, climate change, and unconventional love.

November 24, 2022

CINEMA | 'Glass Onion' Disrupts A 'Knives Out' Mystery x WFF 2022

"I'm very bad at dumb things."
Janelle Monáe Rian Johnson | Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery | Netflix
Whistler Film Festival
The Knives Out duo, star Daniel Craig and writer/director Rian Johnson, return for another Benoit Blanc-led murder mystery comedy in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. They further elevate the Agatha Christie-esque whodunit genre with tons of stylish flair set against a tropical Greek private island off the Mediterranean coast as its gorgeous backdrop for some truly comically thrilling detective antics.

November 21, 2022

CINEMA | Spielberg's Home Movies – 'The Fabelmans' x TIFF 2022

"Movies are dreams that you never forget."
Michelle Williams Gabriel LaBelle | Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans
Toronto International Film Festival
Steven Spielberg has finally made a film directly about his dysfunctional family, growing up (sans aliens this time), and the power of cinema. Essentially a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale about his own childhood in New Jersey, Arizona, and later Northern California, The Fabelmans memorializes his Jewish parents raising a film-loving brat while struggling with their own desires as adults.

November 17, 2022

CINEMA | Ralph Fiennes Eats the Rich – 'The Menu' x TIFF 2022

"We're eating the ocean!"
Ralph Fiennes Anya Taylor-Joy Nicholas Hoult Mark Mylod | The Menu | TIFF 2022
Toronto International Film Festival
The Menu, helmed by veteran television director Mark Mylod, is a delightfully deranged satirical feast skewering everything from the arrogant ultra-rich to the snobbery of fine dining culture. Starring as a simultaneously controlled yet unhinged celebrity chef on a secluded private island, Ralph Fiennes relishes being both absolutely terrifying and maniacally hilarious in this bloody culinary horror-comedy deconstructing the consumption of art by an elitist upper class.

November 14, 2022

CABLE | 'Documentary Now!' Climbs High – 'Soldier of Illusion'

Alexander Skarsgård | Soldier of Illusion | Documentary Now! IFC | AMC+
Broadway Video
Billed as "season fifty-three" of an acclaimed but highly fictional documentary anthology series, hosted by the very real Helen Mirren, also called Documentary Now!, the IFC comedy's actual fourth season of half-hour mockumentaries returns to its extreme sense of niche specificity with another enjoyable selection of dryly comedic episodes. Its two-part premiere, "Soldier of Illusion", goes for it in tackling Werner Herzog's venture into the jungle from the 1982 epic Fitzcarraldo whose making-of was seminally documented in Burden of Dreams.

November 10, 2022

CINEMA | 'Wakanda Forever' Young – Back to 'Black Panther'

"Only the most broken people can be great leaders."
Angela Bassett Ryan Coogler | Black Panther: Wakanda Forever | Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios
Director Ryan Coogler returns to the titular fictional African kingdom from Black Panther after the tragic passing of its original star Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer in 2020. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever grieves and mourns its protector T'Challa and the actor who portrayed him just as a secret threat emerges from beneath the sea in another thrilling but messy blockbuster superhero sequel action spectacle.

November 7, 2022

SCREEN | Andrea Bang Wanders – 'Stay the Night' x VAFF 2022

"Just say yes to something for once."
Andrea Bang Joe Scarpellino Renuka Jeyapalan | Stay the Night | VAFF 2022
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Burnaby native and Kim's Convenience actress Andrea Bang stars in the Canadian romantic dramedy Stay the Night from writer/director Renuka Jeyapalan. Set and shot on the streets of Toronto, the film often feels like a contemporary riff on Richard Linklater's Before trilogy for our current age of dating apps and hookup culture.