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FILM REVIEW: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

  October 19th, 2016     Film Reviews     0


On paper, Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven has all the makings of a fun popcorn flick. The film, which is a reimagining of the 1960s film of the same name — itself a remake of Seven Samurai (1954) — reunites Fuqua with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, the actors from arguably his most acclaimed film, Training Day (2001). It’s story comes from an Akira Kurosawa film, arguably one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. Its genre, The Western, has had somewhat of a resurgence in recent years, with True Grit (2010), Django Unchained (2012), and The Revenant (2015), among others, showing us that the genre still has life in it. Despite all this, the film does not really do what it sets out to do. Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven is not the exuberant, thrilling, or even interesting film it seems to think it is, but rather a lukewarm rehash that’s existence has no real purpose, aside from every remake’s purpose of making easy money. It does not even live up to the adjective in its name. Keep reading ›

TIFF 2015: Room

  January 7th, 2016     Film Reviews, TIFF     0

Films adapted from novels are incredibly common. Nowadays, it is more likely to see an adapted film than a truly originally one. These novels often make it easier on the screenwriter and director, as the story is there, all that is left is figuring out how to make it into something visual. Sometimes, an incredible book comes along that seems impossible to adapt on to the screen without losing what makes it brilliant. Room was one of these books. Lenny Abrahamson did the impossible, and adapted it for the screen, creating a beautiful and poignant film. Keep reading ›

TIFF 2015: Live Read of The Princess Bride

  January 7th, 2016     Film Reviews, TIFF     0


Jason Reitman’s Live Reads are events unlike any other. Once a month at LACMA in LA, Reitman brings together a group of actors, many of whom have never worked together or even met before the occasion, and has them read through a famous screenplay in front of an audience. A week before the show, Reitman will reveal the screenplay being read and part of the cast. Some of the cast remain a secret, only to be revealed at the show itself. The show is not filmed, which turns it into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as the experience will never be recreated and nobody will experience it other than the people in that room. I was lucky enough to be one of about 1200 people to see the live read that Jason Reitman put on at TIFF, a reading of the screenplay of The Princess Bride. Keep reading ›

TIFF 2015: Demolition

  January 7th, 2016     Film Reviews, TIFF     0


To celebrate TIFF’s 40th year, artistic director Cameron Bailey selected Jean-Marc Vallée’s latest film Demolition to put an end to terrible movies opening this exhilarating, world-renowned festival.

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FILM REVIEW: Inherent Vice (2014)

  January 16th, 2015     Film Reviews     0

Inherent Vice, the latest feature film from director Paul Thomas Anderson, is not an easy film to describe. The same could be said for most of Anderson’s filmography, a short yet highly ambitious list containing only seven full-length features, but what sets Inherent Vice apart from the other six films is that it is an adaptation of a novel, more specifically a Thomas Pychon novel of the same name. Nobody has dared to adapt a Pychon novel before, and after watching the film, it’s not hard to see why. Like its source material, the film version is extremely complicated, recursive, and full of details that don’t really matter. Keep reading ›