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All Eyez On Me continues the MC multiVERSE

In my mind , in addition to DC and Marvel, there is another multiverse. There is the MC multiVERSE, as in the acronym for Masters of Ceremony used for rappers and Hip Hop artists, and the verses they use to inform and offer a glimpse of their view of the world. Just like the interlaced … Continue reading

HotDocs 2017 – a wrapup

Spring in Toronto meant the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, or ‘#HotDocs’. Over the last 10 years I’ve become increasingly attached to this event, graduating from seeing films after work on the weekends, to taking some time off, to using vacation time to devote to going to as many films as possible. This year did … Continue reading

Going in Style – Heist with a Heart

The last time I saw Michael Caine in a movie where he plays a character who steals to “make things right” it was it was with Demi Moore in a 2007 film called Flawless. I was bored on a flight back home and picked it without knowing anything about the movie. It was a pleasant … Continue reading

Oscars LXXXIX – Awakenings 2017

After #OscarsSoWhite last year, I think the theme for the Academy Awards is “Awakenings” due to the lessons on how misinformation, exclusion, fear and isolation damage society. The healing power of art as protest overall, and the power of visual arts in particular to bring us together had a peak year in 2016. There are deserving films and performers who should get their due, and some who still are left out. That will continue to change because we know now, you can’t take anything for granted. #ArtIsLife Continue reading

The Slow Rollercoaster that is Manchester by the Sea                                             

Set in an area of the United States, seemingly unbothered by FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) or YOYO (You’re on your Own), MBTS is a slow rollercoaster ride. At first it unfolds like a meandering bore. The way a vintage wooden child’s train built on a track going around the grounds of a park is … Continue reading

Mostly Sunny – A life in split screens

As I was making decisions for movies to see during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF16, considering Mostly Sunny on my list,  it occurred to me that I had seen my fair share of documentaries covering the experience of adult entertainers. Porn Star – The Annabelle Chong Story,  Sex – the Legend of Ron Jeremy … Continue reading

Lion – #TIFF16 review

Technology is our constant companion we can’t imagine being without. A decade ago, there was no way anyone could appreciate how connected a person in the middle of the Sahara could be to someone at the North Pole. Although the capability of a (then) new online source called Google Earth is pivotal to this story, … Continue reading

The Girl With all the Gifts – a cinematic gift that keeps on giving

A star is born. I had my !Ah-HA! moment at the Toronto International Film Festival #TIFF16 this year after the midnight madness screening of The Girl With All The Gifts. Why? The understated as it is riveting acting by Sennia Nenua as Melanie, the titular girl, who holds every scene she is in, and steals … Continue reading

The Magnificent Seven – How the West was Hung

A general film festival rule is not to see anything that will be widely released within weeks of the screening. But, Denzel (no name necessary, aka the Big D) is in M7, so enough said. I saw this during the Toronto International Film Festival, and have mixed feelings about it. The last time I saw … Continue reading

The Handmaiden – The Usual Suspects meets Cut Snake in this erotic Korean thriller

I think I am the first person to coin the phrase ‘motion painting’.  Meaning, every frame of a movie seems like it’s own work of art with distinct brushstrokes, making a moving work of art, panel by panel. The Handmaiden is a ouija board wrapped in a vivid Katsushika Hokusai print, hidden behind an Agatha … Continue reading

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