8:43 am - Fri, Jul 25, 2014
“Ten years ago, a movie struck a chord with me. It spoke about how “growing up” continues well into our twenties and how we can sometimes find ourselves out-of-place in that time. It was quirky and cute, but came built with a high degree of honesty. I’ve never stopped liking that film, but in recent years discovered that I had outgrown it…mostly because I am ten years older and don’t feel the way I did in my mid-twenties.
This summer, that film has brought forth what is being called a “spiritual sequel”. One wonders if a story that’s ten years older should still focus on the feeling of being out-of-place?…”
Full Review - ★ ★ out of ★ ★ ★ ★

Ten years ago, a movie struck a chord with me. It spoke about how “growing up” continues well into our twenties and how we can sometimes find ourselves out-of-place in that time. It was quirky and cute, but came built with a high degree of honesty. I’ve never stopped liking that film, but in recent years discovered that I had outgrown it…mostly because I am ten years older and don’t feel the way I did in my mid-twenties.

This summer, that film has brought forth what is being called a “spiritual sequel”. One wonders if a story that’s ten years older should still focus on the feeling of being out-of-place?…”

Full Review - ★ ★ out of ★ ★ ★ ★

9:04 am - Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Matineecast Episode 117…
Andrew James drops by to discuss BOYHOOD. Give a listen

Matineecast Episode 117…

Andrew James drops by to discuss BOYHOOD. Give a listen

9:00 am
"…SNOWPIERCER dares to do more. It easily could have leaned back on its haunches and settled on being just a movie about a brawl on a train. However, by painting its picture in the colours of the class divide, the movie gains a resonance that most summer action flicks sorely miss. The funny thing about that resonance, is that we often forget we’re missing it since so many action flicks sidestep it completely. It’s almost happening so frequently that audiences don’t know what they’re missing out on.
Almost.”
Full Review - ★ ★ ★ 1/2out of ★ ★ ★ ★

"…SNOWPIERCER dares to do more. It easily could have leaned back on its haunches and settled on being just a movie about a brawl on a train. However, by painting its picture in the colours of the class divide, the movie gains a resonance that most summer action flicks sorely miss. The funny thing about that resonance, is that we often forget we’re missing it since so many action flicks sidestep it completely. It’s almost happening so frequently that audiences don’t know what they’re missing out on.

Almost.”

Full Review - ★ ★ ★ 1/2out of ★ ★ ★ ★

8:45 am - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
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"…it makes us remember what our parents told us when we were small. It’s tangible in the way our children asked us harder questions when they got tall. It understands that while none of us will ever know what it feels like to flee a giant lizard or fly a mighty dragon, that we have all looked at a beautiful person of the opposite sex and wanted to kiss them. We’ve all wanted to be better than our parents, and ultimately end up turning into them. It took a real boy’s life and grafted it on to a fictional boy’s life, but made it so very hard to tell one from the other…the very way many of us want to be one thing when we’re young but turn into something else. That’s what few films before it have done, and that’s what few films after it may ever do again.”
Full Review - ★ ★ ★ ★ out of ★ ★ ★ ★

"…it makes us remember what our parents told us when we were small. It’s tangible in the way our children asked us harder questions when they got tall. It understands that while none of us will ever know what it feels like to flee a giant lizard or fly a mighty dragon, that we have all looked at a beautiful person of the opposite sex and wanted to kiss them. We’ve all wanted to be better than our parents, and ultimately end up turning into them. It took a real boy’s life and grafted it on to a fictional boy’s life, but made it so very hard to tell one from the other…the very way many of us want to be one thing when we’re young but turn into something else. That’s what few films before it have done, and that’s what few films after it may ever do again.”

Full Review - ★ ★ ★  out of ★ ★ ★ ★

10:02 am - Sun, Jul 13, 2014
When the film begins and skips through that bleak decade worth of events, ones first inclination is to think about what happened to humanity in those ten bleak years, and whether there might have perhaps been a movie to be told. While there may have been merit in seeing the fall of western civilization, we realize that we’ve seen that movie several times. It’s been told many different ways on many different days, always involving violence, deceit, famine, selfishness, ruthlessness, and death. It is sparked by someone doing something self-serving and stupid, and made infinitely worse when the rest of us submit to panic. In this movie, one by one, society becomes less human than human, and makes a terrible situation infinitely worse…
Full Review - ★ ★ ★ out of ★ ★ ★ ★

When the film begins and skips through that bleak decade worth of events, ones first inclination is to think about what happened to humanity in those ten bleak years, and whether there might have perhaps been a movie to be told. While there may have been merit in seeing the fall of western civilization, we realize that we’ve seen that movie several times. It’s been told many different ways on many different days, always involving violence, deceit, famine, selfishness, ruthlessness, and death. It is sparked by someone doing something self-serving and stupid, and made infinitely worse when the rest of us submit to panic. In this movie, one by one, society becomes less human than human, and makes a terrible situation infinitely worse…

Full Review - ★ ★ ★ out of ★ ★ ★ ★

8:50 am - Thu, Jul 10, 2014
Freeze Frame: FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH - “When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV.”
8:35 am - Sun, Jul 6, 2014
In a weird co-incidence, I found myself sitting in a cinema on The 4th of July watching a film about early 20th century American immigrants. When the co-incidence sprang to mind, I couldn’t help but think about the current state of immigration in America (and Canada) and the testy conversations that sparks. I began to wonder what our grandparents would think of these conversations…or our great-grandparents. The same hardships and prejudices we direct at current foreigners looking to our countries for hope was once directed at our own families. THE IMMIGRANT is their plea, their prayer, and their passage…
Full Review - ★ ★ ★ 1/2 out of ★ ★ ★ ★

In a weird co-incidence, I found myself sitting in a cinema on The 4th of July watching a film about early 20th century American immigrants. When the co-incidence sprang to mind, I couldn’t help but think about the current state of immigration in America (and Canada) and the testy conversations that sparks. I began to wonder what our grandparents would think of these conversations…or our great-grandparents. The same hardships and prejudices we direct at current foreigners looking to our countries for hope was once directed at our own families. THE IMMIGRANT is their plea, their prayer, and their passage…

Full Review - ★ ★ ★ 1/2 out of ★ ★ ★ ★

8:45 am - Sun, Jun 29, 2014
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…Any time a film has the guts to be authentic, it’s a reason to celebrate. While movies can serve as escapism and a way to get away from the sorts of predicaments Donna finds herself in, they can also be a mirror. They can remind us that even when we feel like we are at our most-mixed-up, and cannot possibly come up with “the right answer”, that we aren’t the first person to feel that way…nor will we be the last. OBVIOUS CHILD excels at helping us understand that. It’s with that – with great empathy – that the film stays with us as something warm, caring, and very special.
Full Review - ★ ★★ ★ out of ★ ★ ★ ★

…Any time a film has the guts to be authentic, it’s a reason to celebrate. While movies can serve as escapism and a way to get away from the sorts of predicaments Donna finds herself in, they can also be a mirror. They can remind us that even when we feel like we are at our most-mixed-up, and cannot possibly come up with “the right answer”, that we aren’t the first person to feel that way…nor will we be the last. OBVIOUS CHILD excels at helping us understand that. It’s with that – with great empathy – that the film stays with us as something warm, caring, and very special.

Full Review - ★ ★★ ★ out of ★ ★ ★ ★

9:15 am - Mon, Jun 23, 2014
Matineecast Episode 114…
Matthew Brown drops by to discuss HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. Give a listen

Matineecast Episode 114…

Matthew Brown drops by to discuss HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. Give a listen

8:46 am - Fri, Jun 20, 2014
"Just before the credits, the film hits us with a curtain call of “Cherie” and “Oh What a Night!”…and it’s glorious. The sequence is fluid, it’s joyful, it’s raucous, it’s intricately staged, splendidly shot, and wonderfully dreamlike. It makes audiences clap and sing, and hits us square in the chest since it feels like such a shift in gears from the everything we’ve just seen over the last two hours. It’s everything JERSEY BOYS should have been…but wasn’t…”
Full Review - ★ 1/2 out of ★ ★ ★ ★

"Just before the credits, the film hits us with a curtain call of “Cherie” and “Oh What a Night!”…and it’s glorious. The sequence is fluid, it’s joyful, it’s raucous, it’s intricately staged, splendidly shot, and wonderfully dreamlike. It makes audiences clap and sing, and hits us square in the chest since it feels like such a shift in gears from the everything we’ve just seen over the last two hours. It’s everything JERSEY BOYS should have been…but wasn’t…”

Full Review - ★ 1/2 out of ★ ★ ★ ★

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