|Trevonte Rhodes and André Holland in Moonlight. |
SAG Awards Tonight: Will Win/Should Win
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/29/2017 09:52:00 AM
Labels: arrival, fences, hidden figures, jackie, la la land, manchester by the sea, Moonlight, Oscars
'It's Only the End of the World' Lands 6 César Noms
|Photo by Shane Laverdière, Sons of Manual|
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/25/2017 08:32:00 AM
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/24/2017 09:53:00 AM
Oscars Round 4 - Here Come the Nominations!
|Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land, an Entertainment One release. |
Photo by Dale Robinette
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/19/2017 08:58:00 PM
Labels: arrival, fences, Hell or High Water, hidden figures, jackie, la la land, lion, manchester by the sea, Moonlight, Oscars
How Do You Say 'Get Off My Lawn!' in Swedish?
A Man Called Ove
(Sweden, 116 min.)
Written and directed by Hannes Holm
Starring: Rolf Lassgård
What’s the Swedish translation for “Get off my lawn?” A Man Called Ove (pronounced Ové) transport Clint Eastwood’s crusty old man from Gran Torino to a peculiar little Nordic community. The only real difference between Ove (played by Rolf Lassgård) and Eastwood’s Walt Kowalski is a shotgun. But Ove will undoubtedly pack some heat in the inevitable American remake of this hugely popular Swedish hit.
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/18/2017 08:31:00 PM
Labels: 2017 Reviews, Best Foreign Lang Film
Contest: Win Tickets to See 'The Space Between Us' in Select Cities!
The Space Between Us, a new interplanetary adventure that’s The Fault in Our Stars meets The Martian. The Space Between Us opens February 3rd from VVS Films and Cinemablographer has tickets to give away in select cities! Answer the trivia below for your chance to win tickets!
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/18/2017 11:50:00 AM
Labels: contests, the space between us
Canadian Screen Award Nominations
|It's Only the End of the World / eOne Films|
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/17/2017 09:47:00 AM
Labels: Canadian Film, Canadian screen awards
Canada's Top Ten Review: 'Old Stone'
Old Stone (Lao Shi)
(Canada/China, 80 min.)
Written and directed by Johnny Ma
Starring: Chen Gang, Zhang Zebin
Programmers, critics, and random dudes in festival audiences liken Old Stone to a fusion of flavours. It might be a neorealist film that becomes a noir in one programmer’s notes, a hardboiled Kafkaesque detective story in a writer’s review, or a Greek tragedy crossed with a Russian novel in the eyes of a gushing fan. No matter the palette or the crossbreed of cuisines, though, there’s a universal flavour to the mixed grill that Johnny Ma cooks in Old Stone. This moral fable meets 1990s Hong Kong action flick is an intense, provocative, and extremely promising first feature. Perhaps the essence of a young chef reinventing a traditional recipe gives Old Stone its refreshing bite.
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/15/2017 03:46:00 PM
Labels: 2017 Reviews, Canadian Film, Johnny Ma, old stone, TIFF CTT
'It's Always About the Mother'
20th Century Women
(USA, 118 min.)
Written and directed by Mike Mills
Starring: Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup
“What about you?” asks Julie (Elle Fanning) to Dorothea (Annette Bening). “It’s always about the mother.”
“Ok. Jesus, uh… yeah,” replies Dorothea, dumbstruck, baffled, and caught slightly off guard.
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/13/2017 08:09:00 AM
A Comedy of Bad Manners
(Romania, 176 min.)
Written and directed by Cristi Puiu
Starring: Mimi Branescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru, Sorin Medeleni, Ana Ciontea, Rolando Matsangos, Catalina Moga, Marin Grigore, Tatiana Iekel, Marian Râlea, Ioana Craciunescu, Llona Brezoianu, Simona Ghia, Valer Dellakeza, Andi Vasluianu, Mara Elena Andrei, Petra Kurtela
|Courtesy of TIFF|
Sieranevada is the best three-hour Romanian funereal comedy ever made. It might be the only three-hour Romanian funereal comedy ever made, but the film deserves to wear this title with morbid pride.
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/12/2017 07:36:00 PM
Labels: 2017 Reviews, Best Foreign Lang Film, Sieranevada
The Gospel According to Marty
(USA, 161 min.)
Dir. Martin Scorsese, Writ. Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Issei Ogata, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Yôsuke Kubozuka
Martin Scorsese’s Silence is a cinematic meditation. This slow and pensive film is one of the director’s finest artistic achievements as he breathtakingly recreates 1600’s Japan to depict the persecution of Catholics and the priests who fight for the faithful. Silence patiently immerses the viewers in the profound crisis of faith of Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and the film is a departure for Scorsese, even by the standards with which one judges the side of his oeuvre that favours historical dramas over gangster flicks. More in the vein of The Age of Innocence than Kundun, Silence is a film to admire from a distance. It doesn’t invite an immediate Hallelujah!, but it’s one of the deeper considerations of faith on film in some time. Its holy waters take some time to tread.
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/10/2017 09:03:00 PM
Labels: 2017 Reviews, Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, silence
'Hello Destroyer', 'The Stairs' Top Vancouver and Toronto Awards
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/10/2017 07:18:00 PM
Labels: Canadian Film, Hello Destroyer, Molly Parker, weirdos, werewolf, window horses
Blu-ray Review: 'A War'
A War (Krigen)
(Denmark, 115 min.)
Written and directed by Tobias Lindholm
Starring: Pilou Asbaek, Alex Høgh Andersen, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling
Canuck Oscar completists may now cross all the titles off the list of last year’s nominees! A War, Denmark’s nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category, finally gets released in the Great White North after the intricacies off independent distribution deals kept it off the screens during last year’s race. That absence is a shame, for while A War might not have had much of a chance of toppling shoo-in/winner Son of Saul, it’s a smart, timely, and compelling film that deserves an audience.
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/10/2017 09:30:00 AM
Labels: 2017 Reviews, A War, Best Foreign Lang Film
Golden Globes this Weekend: Who Will Win/Should Win?
|Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) in La La Land. |
Photo by Dale Robinette / an Entertainment One release.
Is it Globe time already? A look at the will wins and should wins of this weekend’s big show before Oscar ballots go back to the Academy.
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/06/2017 10:37:00 AM
Crack Open 'A Monster Calls'
A Monster Calls
(USA/Spain/UK, 108 min.)
Dir. J.A. Bayona, Writ. Patrick Ness
Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson
Story time is one of the best experiences children can share with their parents. Curling up with a good book, spending time together, and passing along advice through the power of the imagination is an essential part of growing up. As one watches Connor (Lewis MacDougall) learn valuable life lessons through tales of spells and magic, one can’t help but recall fond memories with mom and dad in which trips to faraway places made one feel safe and sound.
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/05/2017 08:49:00 AM
'Moonlight' Leads Online Film Critics Society Award Winners
|Naomie Harris in Moonlight. |
Courtesy Elevation Pictures.
The OFCS, of which I am a member, is the largest and longest-running international organisation devoted to promoting the diversity and quality of voices in online film criticism.
Posted by Pat Mullen at 1/03/2017 12:11:00 PM
Labels: arrival, jackie, Kubo, la la land, manchester by the sea, Moonlight, Natalie Portman, OFCS
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