Musings on Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig may only have just two self-directed films (not including a co-director) but the talent shines through in a blinding way. I wanted to briefly talk about Gerwig in honor of her birthday today on August 4th. I think she is brillant, immensely cool and a superb artist. I may be waxing it on…

Five Film Picks for Getting Away While You’re Stuck at Home

Times are weird right now and staying in and having plans cancelled almost every day can easily get you down. If you are someone like me and look forward to winter’s end for the dawn of spring and summer it can be extra tough. Hopefully things get back to normal sooner rather than later and…

Miss Americana (2020)

“A nice girl doesn’t force her opinions on people. A nice girl smiles and waves and says thank you. I became the person everyone wanted me to be.” – Taylor Swift from Miss Americana Documentaries done on famous people that are intimate and made in collaboration with the subject can often be scrutinized. People may…

What I Saw in September and October

I decided last month to combine September and October into one post. The reason being that my September was taken up with the Calgary International Film Festival which you have already seen my reviews posted for. Beyond the festival and also a trip out of town I only managed to catch one film in September….

CIFF Review – Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

“They summoned Eurydice and gave her to him, but upon one condition: that he would not look back at her as she followed him, until they had reached the upper world. So the two passed through the great doors of Hades to the path which would take them out of the darkness, climbing up and…

CIFF Review – Parasite (2019)

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past few months then you have definitely heard all the chatter spreading through the inter webs concerning Parasite. The society and class thriller from the sharp mind of Bong Joon-ho is so many things (thriller, comedy, satire and subversive horror) all wrapped into one neatly wrapped…

CIFF Review – The August Virgin (2019)

The August Virgin is a Spanish film directed by Jonas Trueba who shares co-writing duties with lead actress Itsaso Arana. I saw this film on a blustery, chilly and snowy weekend… Worlds away from the sun drenched heat of Madrid as portrayed in the film. In that way it was like a brief refuge from…

CIFF Review – Greener Grass (2019)

Before I dig into this pastel hued nightmare let me just get a few things off my chest. I wanted to love Greener Grass so much, I can’t stress that enough. I saw the trailer and was intrigued; the twisted take on suburbia and the sun-drenched preppy fever dream were all waggling a finger for me…