A Messy Crime: Our Review of ‘The Snowman’ on Blu-Ray

Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies ‐ January 16, 2018
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A Messy Crime: Our Review of ‘The Snowman’ on Blu-Ray

Art is and always will be a very subjective thing, and not everything can turn out as intended, HOWEVER sometimes you just have to sit and marvel at how things actually ended up as this ‘snowman’ is already half melted before it even gets to the screen.

In the spirit of a crime procedural from another country that you’d watch on Netflix; The Snowman leans on some pretty goofy plot points and story beats from a script that may not have been 100% shot.  However for those who enjoy their crime procedurals without any genuine scares or mystery …

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WIN AN ITUNES DOWNLOAD CODE FOR ‘LOVING VINCENT’!!!!

Giveaways/Contests, Movies, VOD/iTunes/DigitalDownload ‐ January 15, 2018
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Art is always about pushing boundaries…and sometimes you just have to appreciate the feats that get created when something new is tried.

On July 27, 1890, a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be …

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Like A Fine Wine: Our Review of ‘Blade Runner 2049’ on Blu-Ray

Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies ‐ January 15, 2018
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Like A Fine Wine: Our Review of ‘Blade Runner 2049’ on Blu-Ray

Very often, brilliant pieces of art just present more and more questions.   Dealing with the ‘Blade Runner’s’ now 30 year later is no exception.

Easily the most anticipated sequel of the year, decade and so far the century; Blade Runner 2049 hit theatres in many ways that the original did; appreciated but left with scads of material to debate.  Now thirty years later audiences are treated to a truly epic film with scope and scale that leaves you in awe of the images and since it’s available on Blu-Ray today, it lends itself to even more …

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ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO BRING ‘THE FOREIGNER’ HOME ON BLU-RAY!

Blu-Ray/DVD, Giveaways/Contests, Movies ‐ January 15, 2018
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When a good man loses everything and is pushed too far, this foreigner only has one place to go…

In The Foreigner; A London restaurateur; Quan (Jackie Chan) sees his long-buried past erupt in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love; his teenage daughter is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Pierce Brosnan), whose own past with the Irish Republican Army may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers …

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ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING ‘BIGGER THAN LIFE’ AT THE ROYAL IN TORONTO!!!

Giveaways/Contests, Movies, Retrospective, Theatrical ‐ January 15, 2018
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Some films simply demand the big screen, even when ignored on their initial release because they are always Bigger Than Life.

is the chronicle of your average run of the mill, friendly and fairly successful suburban teacher (James Mason in one of his very best performances) is prescribed cortisone for a painful and possibly fatal affliction.  However as a result he grows dangerously addicted to the drug as he transforms from a loving family man to psychotic and even violent despot inside his own household.

As a part of their Retropath screening series our friends at the Royal Cinema are having a screening …

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The Evolving Nature of Choice: TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival

Blog, Canada's Top Ten 2017, Film Festivals, Movies, Retrospective, Theatrical ‐ January 15, 2018
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For going on seventeen years now the TIFF Canada’s Top Ten which is currently running here in downtown Toronto and going until Jan 21st; not only here but in Montreal as well before it tours across the country, it has been a stalwart event for those who love and want to champion Canadian cinema.  However with its launch this year, things just felt a little different especially in the wake of the increasing difficulties of curating a program like this, if only because of the overwhelming glut of content out on the marketplace.

As I’ve been covering it in one way …

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The Painful Fragility of the Past: Our Review of ‘Aida’s Secrets’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ January 12, 2018
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The Painful Fragility of the Past: Our Review of ‘Aida’s Secrets’

Identity is fragile and fluid. A person can start a new life, and that process is easier during volatile times like war. But doing so means leaving people. Alon and Shaul Schwarz’ Aida’s Secrets starts out with a member of the latter group, their 67-year-old uncle Izak Szewelewicz. He remembers schoolyard taunts, the other children telling him that he’s not a biological member of his family.

Turns out there’s a truth to that, and he eventually meets his biological mother Aida Zasadsinksa. Izak’s adopted family loves him very much, but there’s another thing that both they and Aida are hiding from him. Alon goes …

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Knowingly Bent: Our Review of ‘Happy End’

Festival Coverage, Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 ‐ January 11, 2018
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Knowingly Bent: Our Review of ‘Happy End’

It’s hard to ignore that eternal dysfunction that is present in all of our lives…its called family.

Happy End is a beautifully bent yarn from the one and only Michael Haneke that while somewhat of a disjointed sequel to one of his previous efforts in Amour also plays out as a darkly comic affair as we track this disintegration of a family with the European refugee crisis playing out in the background.  It allows the dark an unrepentant vibe that we get from this family make us howl in uncomfortable delight rather than recoil in uncomfortable as this social commentary on …

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The Fulfilling Nature of the Daily Grind: Our Review of ‘The Commuter’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ January 11, 2018
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The Fulfilling Nature of the Daily Grind: Our Review of ‘The Commuter’

There’s something truly gleeful in the power of simplicity…

Pairing and combinations in Hollywood are quite common, but who knew that the pairing of Director Jaume Collet Serra and Liam Neeson; now together for the fourth time here with The Commuter would be able to produce the kind of high octane entertainment that they’ve continued to make over the years.  It’s simple, straight forward action fun and these two men have truly reinvented this cottage industry of above average action/thriller movies produced at a reasonably sized budget and in an age where movies have to either cost $3 million or $300 …

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Perfected Variations: Our Review of ‘Paddington 2’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ January 11, 2018
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Perfected Variations: Our Review of ‘Paddington 2’

You can never honestly improve on perfection; instead you just make slight variations on how you make it to the end results.

While it admittedly lacks the poignant emotional punch of the first installment; Paddington 2 still packs a delightful punch as it leans into comedic and farce like elements in the story while still doling out some important emotional moments in what just might be (fully understanding the irony of making this statement in January) one of the more completely entertaining films of 2018.

Now fully settled in with the Brown family and a full fledged member of the community, Paddington …

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