Polytechnique (Review)

Before Denis Villeneuve began wading into the genre of science fiction, he was making hard-hitting dramas that did not shy away from very real issues of the world. I had expressed as much in my review of Villeneuve’s Academy Award nominated film Incendies, which deals with the trickling effect past horrors have upon a family […]

War Witch (Review)

Last week I reviewed Two Lovers and a Bear, Kim Nguyen’s 2016 drama film based on a friend’s recommendation. Though the film was not without its missteps, it was still pleasantly surprising, its emotional drama lingering in my mind days after, largely due to its complex themes and the masterful character work by Nguyen. But […]

Two Lovers and a Bear (Review)

After just coming off my series of reviews on the filmography of Xavier Dolan, I needed something with a slight change of pace for my review this week. I sought something that is thematically deep and executed with artistic grace, but also unencumbered by stylistic hang-ups that can dog Dolan’s films. Based on what I […]

Final Comments on Xavier Dolan

Last week I concluded my review series of Xavier Dolan’s films with his latest (and possibly most disappointing) effort, It’s Only the End of the World. I have already made my opinions clear on each of his works, but now it seems only fitting I sum everything up and give a brief outline of my […]

It’s Only the End of the World (Review)

Accomplished filmmaking is a question of consistency on a number of different fronts…but few filmmakers produce consistently accomplished works. It is understandable that a director will not always get things right in the quest of his own personal vision (especially if the studio gets in the way), but sometimes a director can get in his […]

Mommy (Review)

The relationship between a mother and son is a recurring theme in each of Xavier Dolan’s film. While it may be fleeting in Heartbeats, or part of the greater whole like in Laurence Anyways, it certainly took centre stage in his debut, I Killed My Mother.  The same can be said of his aptly named […]