Marriage Story review – Real, Nasty, Loving, Intimate and Adam Driver is Out of This World | Zurich Film Festival 2019

Why I love Marriage Story, I'd like to write my own tale. It's a strange mix of melodrama, romance and comedy, Noah Baumbach's finely tuned film is a tremendous success. Starring the ever-impressive Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, it's a tender tale of love and divorce, it can be so endearing and yet maddening -…

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Knives Out review – Rian Johnson’s Finely Tuned Murder Mystery | Toronto Film Festival 2019

Knives Out is tough one to discuss without spoiling because the reason we watch murder mysteries is to experience the thrill of seeing all the pieces of the puzzle come together. The smallest of details can often be considered a spoiler, and trust me, Knives Out is stuffed with small details - so I’m gonna…

The Laundromat review – Meryl Streep Can’t Save this A-List Lemon | Venice Film Festival 2019

I learned something at the Venice Film Festival today; just because your film has Meryl Streep in it, doesn’t automatically mean this is an assurance of high quality. GASP! I know - I’m as shocked as you are. The thought of Meryl being associated with something inferior to her station is a notion I care not…

Marriage Story review – A Perfect Symphony of Heart-wrench and Humour | Toronto Film Festival 2019

Noah Baumbach is no stranger to the subject of divorce - his previous film ‘The Squid and the Whale’ - for which he received his first Academy award nomination for writing - was inspired by his parents divorce back when he was a child. Not only that, but Baumbach went through a public divorce of…

Joker review – Joaquin Phoenix Chills in This Breathtaking, Gritty and Harmonious Take on the Joker

Nothing is glorified or brushed upon, Joker is a fictional tale seen through a realistic lens. A fantastically twisted origin story that completely differentiates itself from all past iterations, it is truly a unique take on the character. Todd Phillips' approach is to take the basis for the Joker, a comic book character and place…

Bluff City Law – A Spoiler-Free Pilot review

Everything seemed bleak and hopeless after the announcement of Suits' end: could any legal drama replace that witty and iconic show? The answer is simple: no, nothing can top it, but Bluff City Law seems like it has the potential to get close to Suits' level. At first glance, Bluff City Law doesn't look like…

The Goldfinch review – A Painting of Beauty, Melancholy and Redemption, It’s Actually Good

Contrary to popular opinion, The Goldfinch stands as a film of great success in my mind. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to a slew of negative reviews and proceeded to suffer big at the box office shortly after. Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel is about trauma, theft and addiction. Leading a stellar…

Suits: ‘Thunder Away” Recap & Review

The penultimate episode of Suits has aired and it attacked me in ways I would never wish upon my enemy. From Samantha's (Katherine Heigl) team up with Mike (Patrick J. Adams) to Harvey's (Gabriel Macht) heart-wrenching eulogy, there was so much packed into this episode that I'm still in awe. Harvey's Eulogy We start with…

Jojo Rabbit review – A Delightfully Imaginative and Endearing Satire | Toronto Film Festival 2019

Nazis. The Hitler Youth. A comedic Adolf Hitler. In the hands of anybody else Jojo Rabbit would most likely be a disastrous career-tanking move but for Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok) it only cements his status as one the most exciting, audacious and endearing filmmakers of modern age. His latest film Jojo Rabbit which is based off…

Just Mercy review – Impressive Performances Rule over Conventional Beats | Toronto Film Festival 2019

There’s almost a running joke in Destin Daniel Cretton’s courtroom drama ‘Just Mercy’ about how the film’s primary location Monroeville Alabama, is home to the museum of author Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ - something every citizen feels the need to advertise to all visitors. Although they take great pride in being the home…