In an extremely roundabout way, this is where I’ve come to with director Damien Chazelle and his new film La La Land. It too is filled to burst with passion, expressing as it does a love for things from a bygone era. It’s clear Chazelle cares a great deal about the subject matter and wants very much to tell you about it. Despite his earnest belief in the film, I’m not sure that’s enough of a reason to care.
Acknowledging that there is only so much time to watch only so many movies, here are a few films to consider from the past six months of 2016. It’s the annual tradition of the Same Page Midyear Movie Review.
It’s easy to forget sometimes that Ryan Gosling got his start in the comedic foreground. If you were a teenager in the late 90s in Canada, there’s a good chance you saw him as Sean in Breaker High, that inexplicable teen show about students on a boat. He wasn’t the strong silent type, or the cool jock — no, Gosling was the needling friend, the schemer, the joke. Now, after The Notebook and his Oscar nomination and forays into music and auteurism, Gosling is generally thought of differently. What writer/director Shane Black suggests with Gosling in his new film The Nice Guys is: go back and think again. There are far worse conceits on which to hang a movie.
Week after week, the movies march on. If you’re wondering what to see in the month of May, here’s a handy guide that can help.
Like The Revenant, here are four of my favourite recent example of films that deliver something unexpected (and perhaps, unwanted) from their stars.
By: Daniel Reynolds In the realms of sport, entertainment, business: everybody loves a winner. By extension then, everybody must love a win-win trade, right? All the involved parties get what […]
By: Daniel Reynolds There are a lot of colours in Nicolas Winding Refn’s delirious new film Only God Forgives. That’s the first thing you notice. Cold blues, vibrant yellows, dark […]
By: Daniel Reynolds One of my favourite acting types in movies is the aging tough guy. You know the type: the actors that look like they just dragged themselves through […]
By: Daniel Reynolds With the release of Iron Man 3 today, the barrage of the summer movie season is officially and inevitably upon us. The weekly game of escalation reminds […]