Category Archives: film review

Best Films Watched in 2020

Ninety-four (94) movies watched in 2020 and it’s time to pick the ones that stood out most. A diverse roster, I think you’ll agree, and, if nothing else, I hope this post draws your attention to fine, ground-breaking cinema from … Continue reading

Posted in animated film, Best movies of the year, Cinema, crime movie, cult film, Documentary, film, film review, movie, movie review | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Best Films Watched in 2019

Didn’t quite achieve my goal of watching a hundred films during the course of 2019, but at 92 I came pretty darn close. Not as many documentaries this past year, which is somewhat surprising as it’s a genre that has … Continue reading

Posted in Academy Award, Best movies of the year, Cinema, classic cinema, cult film, Documentary, film, film review, foreign language film, movie, movie review | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I hate comic book movies (d’you think it shows?)

This movie sucks (and so do you) Whatever happened to scholarship, whatever happened to standards? Why are there no good, reliable movie critics these days? Where have you gone, Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris? We miss you Manny Farber and … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema, classic cinema, comic book movie, film, film review, movie, movie review, superhero movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Best Films Watched in 2018

Thanks to the irresistible temptations of Netflix and the unfortunate discovery of podcasts, I watched less than 100 movies in 2018, far below my usual tally. Ah, but in my defense, the proportion of good movies to bad ones was … Continue reading

Posted in Academy Award, Best movies of the year, Cinema, classic cinema, cult film, Documentary, film, film review, foreign language film, movie, movie review | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Censorship at the CBC

Speaking of censorship…I responded to Eli Glasner’s choices as the “best” pictures of the year on CBC’s website and my comment was “disabled” because, apparently, the administrators thought I was too mean for pointing out that Eli’s pick for the … Continue reading

Posted in Best movies of the year, Cinema, classic cinema, film, film review, movie, movie review | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Best Movies of 2017

For the second year in a row I managed to watch over one hundred movies in 2017. Here is a roster of my favorite cinematic experiences of the past year: “I, Daniel Blake” (Directed by Ken Loach) “Dogtooth” (Directed by … Continue reading

Posted in Best movies of the year, Cinema, classic cinema, Documentary, film, film review, foreign language film, movie, movie review | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Kedi” (Turkey; 2016)

“Kedi” (Documentary; 79 minutes) Director and Producer: Ceyda Torun My wife and I spent ten days in Istanbul during the summer of 2016. Despite arriving only a short time after an attempted coup, we found the atmosphere of the ancient city … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema, Documentary, film, film review, foreign language film, movie, movie review | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Loving”–Now Playing at the Roxy Theatre (Saskatoon)

“Loving”  (2016) Writer & Director:  Jeff Nichols Cast:  Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Alano Miller, Terry Abney, Nick Kroll, Bill Camp Contemporary American cinema rarely produces a feature film of such undeniable excellence as Jeff Nichols’ “Loving”. These days, … Continue reading

Posted in Academy Award, Best movies of the year, Cinema, film, film review, movie, movie review | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“High-Rise” (Directed by Ben Wheatley)

High-Rise (2016) Director: Ben Wheatley Writers: Amy Jump & Ben Wheatley Cast:  Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Elizabeth Moss A magnificent adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s cooly savage, satirical novel, Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” is gruesomely faithful to Ballard’s … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema, classic cinema, cult film, film, film review, movie, movie review | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“The Lobster” (2016)

The Lobster  Director:  Yorgos Lanthimos Writer(s):  Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely liked “The Lobster”. Love the notion of an alt-reality where being single … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema, cult film, film, film review, movie, movie review, science fiction film | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment