Part of the post-tiff decompression week.
Whoa that's a lot of bangs! This one might have fared better had I worked my way up to it a little more easily. You can't go from Paterson and Certain Women to this without at least 5 or 6 thriller/actioners in between.
There were a few things I liked about Captain America: Civil War. I appreciated that they addressed the elephant in the room: the fact that these actioners go about pretending to…
My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?
The film I saw was bland and boring. I…
It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for…