• Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    I reviewed this for the Globe and Mail during TIFF 2021 and this is what I wrote:

    In Mia Hansen-Love’s wonderful new film Bergman Island, filmmaker couple Tony and Chris (played by Tim Roth and Phantom Thread’s Vicky Krieps) escape to the Swedish residence of the legendary auteur Ingmar Bergman for a burst of artistic inspiration that quickly turns caustic.
    Tony (a stand-in for Hansen-Love’s ex, Olivier Assayas) is a famous filmmaker who can’t wait to write his next masterpiece…

  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale

    I watched this after binging all of "Squid Game" on Netflix in 10 hours so I think I am fully insane now.

    Amazing picture.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    I don't know man, this felt like a moodboard of footage David Lowery cut together to get a medieval-themed whiskey commercial or something.

    I do love the way that the filmmaker plays with time in all his movies; there are some breathtaking long shots and editing sequences that totally manipulate the story's timeline and sense of reality in a way that's really moving. "A Ghost Story" still remains my absolute favourite.

    If Dev Patel wasn't the lead, this movie wouldn't…

  • Body Heat

    Body Heat

    They don't make 'em like this anymore!
    Gorgeously filmed, palmetto lighting at its finest
    The horniest characters ever committed to cinema
    Falls apart just in time for the Double Indemnity-indebted murder plot but that's fine.
    William Hurt is the hottest and dumbest.

  • Philadelphia


    Could write an entire thesis statement on the way this film was shot. Such a beautiful fantastical use of extreme closeups, out of focus framing to create keen empathy. The opening credits alone show that Jonathan Demme has a depth of humanity and keen interest in other people that very few directors have. I loved it.

  • This Is My Life

    This Is My Life

    I watched this movie cradling my dog with my broken ankle elevated in a cast on a punch of chintz pillows and it was the coziest, most tender-hearted polka-dotted confection of a movie I could watch high on pain medication. I think it is so cool that Nora Epron gave the wonderful Julie Kavner a starring vehicle and she chomps into Dottie, a struggling single mother who has an unexpected climb to standup celebrity, with all her might. While I…

  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    I think about this movie every day.

  • The Lady Eve

    The Lady Eve

    Plug this movie into my veins it's so good.