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  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    ★★★★½

  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★

  • House of Gucci

    ★★★½

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★★

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

    Watched in theatre at TIFF Bell Lighbox

    For anyone who’s ever had to shrink in the presence of hyper-masculinity or unchecked machismo, Jane Campion’s new film is the sweetest slow burn revenge imaginable. I count myself in this category for having suffered through manifestations of bullying “man-up” macho culture in acting mentors, gym teachers, and opera queens alike. So entrenched was this behaviour right up until not that long ago that it was considered normative. Whether it was delivered with…

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★★½

    Watched in Ultra AVX 3-D in D-Box seating

    Surprise, surprise! I loved Eternals. It is one of the best Marvel films yet to date. Not being a Marvel, DC or otherwise a comic book enthusiast beyond watching the movies as populist entertainment, I loved Eternals purely as great cinema. It seems whether consciously or not, Marvel is responding to the truth at the core of freely speaking director Martin Scorsese’s much maligned comments. And really by hiring Chloé Zhao and…

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  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    ★★★★½

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 1979, helmed by West Side Story’s Robert Wise, is a film both criminally underrated and viciously over-maligned. By all accounts Wise was the glue that held this production together as conflicts between the studio, the writer, the creator and the lead actors, who also had script approval, threatened to kibosh the whole affair. 

    It’s debt to Kubrick and C. Clarke’s 2001 is enormous, yet few seem to be making the comparison. To me the film…

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★

    Unfortunately, I fall into the hipster-bait camp on this one. mumble core on overdrive. Navel-gazing to the max. Cute kid, but so what! kids are cute. It's all they've got. Like Fran Leibowitz says, young people are not interesting. Live a little first. This errs on the side of a dangerous trend of trying to be friends with your kids. That's not what they need. They need boundaries, and they need authority.

    This film is a let down for real…

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  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★★½

    Watched in theatre

    Although House of Gucci is not without its flaws, it’s by no means an inferior Ridley Scott film. He always makes watchable movies—and this one is no exception. Given that the legendary director of Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator is inching into his mid-80’s and showing no signs of slowing down, that’s a pretty mean feat. It’s either a frightening bellwether for us mere mortals by comparison or just simply worthy of wild praise. Nevertheless, there’s a hint of…

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★★

    Watched in IMAX

    This is a blast from start to finish! Having read some wildly different responses, it’s a true head-scratcher for me how anyone could not be entertained by this movie. Personally, I’ve never been a Ghostbusters fanatic, per se. I simply loved the first one, which was thrilling to me as an early teen. A fantasy adventure with some of my all time favourite comedians in it: Ackroyd, Murray, and Moranis, capped off by a wickedly delicious performance…