Category: Film

TIFF 2019: ‘Tammy’s Always Dying’ Is a Condescending Piece of Poverty Porn

Directed by Amy Jo Johnson, Tammy’s Always Dying is a more complicated story than this film realizes. Tammy (Felicity Huffman) is a single mother in her fifties. Suffering from alcohol use disorder and depression, she lightens things up by “being…

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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…