Category: Film

‘Hustlers’ Is Practically Perfect

The movie Hustlers contains multitudes. Based on the true story of a gang of strippers who got rich scamming Wall Street guys, Hustlers is most obviously a revenge fantasy about the working-class striking back at the 1%. But while that…

TIFF 2019: Why ‘Marriage Story’ Is Unmissable

Is anyone better at capturing the subtleties – and the absurdities – of upper-middle class people’s lives than Noah Baumbach? After seeing Marriage Story, I think not. Loosely based on Baumbach’s own divorce, Marriage Story is an epic two-hander about…

‘The Goldfinch’ Is An Engaging Literary Adaptation

The Goldfinch is about many things. The story of Theo, a young boy whose mother was killed in a terrorist attack at an art gallery, The Goldfinch follows Theo into adulthood as it tackles weighty themes like tragedy, trauma, coming-of-age,…

TIFF 2019: ‘Knives Out’ Red Carpet World Premiere

Knives Out had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2019. Directed by Rian Johnson the crime caper saw its star studded cast hit the TIFF red carpet, which included the likes of Daniel Craig,…

Can Terminator: Dark Fate Perform in the Current Film Industry?

Over the last few years, and as a result of increased competition, the film industry has suffered. Although popular titles such as Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King have produced record-breaking numbers, for the most part – and other franchises such as John Wick have had success…

The Art of Self-Defense Is a Searing Satire of Toxic Masculinity

Much has been written in recent years about toxic masculinity, that brand of “manliness” built on aggression, entitlement, and a generous side of sexism. Those of us who took Gender Studies 101 in university are familiar with Judith Butler’s theory…

‘Yesterday’ is a Hard Day’s Watch

The Beatles deserved better than Yesterday. Despite the indelible song catalogue that fills the movie from beginning to end, director Danny Boyle has delivered a music industry fable that reduces the audience’s intelligence to embarrassing lows. The story of the…