My Thoughts on Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson returns with this adaptation of the novel by Thomas Pynchon.  Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is a private investigator, who is visited by his old flame Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston), who wants help involving her missing boyfriend Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts).  Doc’s investigation results in him crossing paths with Lt. Det. […]

My Thoughts on Big Eyes

From Tim Burton comes this biopic about artist Margaret Keane.  Margaret (Amy Adams) is a divorced single mother and aspiring artist, who paints portraits of big eyed girls inspired by her daughter.  Margaret meets another artist named Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and the two end up quickly getting married.  As a much more charismatic person, […]

My Thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

It is time for the concluding chapter of Peter Jackson’s three part adaptation of The Hobbit.  After the defeat of Smaug the Dragon, the company of thirteen dwarves, along with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), reclaim their mountain home of Erebor.  However, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) is inflicted with “dragon sickness” and is driven mad inside the […]

My Thoughts on Force Majeure

A split-second decision drives a wedge between a married couple in the Swedish drama Force Majeure.  Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) is on a ski trip in the French Alps, with his wife Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and two children Vera and Harry.  On the second day of their trip, while having lunch at a mountain restaurant, […]

My Thoughts on Top Five

Chris Rock writes, directs, and stars in this dramedy about a comedian, who wants to be taken more seriously.  Andre Allen (Rock) is considered the funniest man in American, whose claim to fame was a trilogy of Hammy the Bear buddy cop films, in which Allen performed in a bear costume.  No longer wanting to […]

My Thoughts on Wild

From director Jean-Marc Vallée (Café de Flore, Dallas Buyers Club) comes this drama based on the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.  Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) is a young woman desperate to escape her troubled life of drug use and promiscuous sex.  As her way to find herself, […]

Short Thoughts on Cutaway

Last night saw the Toronto premiere of Cutaway, the new short film by Kazik Radwanski (Tower, Princess Margaret Blvd).  Cutaway is the story of a momentous development of a man’s life, told entirely through close-ups of his hands.  Those familiar with Radwanski’s previous films would know that he has the tendency of shooting quite close […]

My Thoughts on John Wick

Keanu Reeves stars as the title character in this action revenge thriller.  John Wick (Reeves) is a retired assassin, who has been out of the life for many years.  Shortly after the death of his wife, things hit rock bottom for Wick when Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen), son of Wick’s old boss Viggo Tarasov (Michael […]

BITS 2014: Pre-Feature Shorts

Here is my rundown of the eight shorts that preceded the features at this year’s Blood in the Snow Film Festival. Serpent’s LullabyA woman in a century’s old mansion makes a decision that will change the course of her story.  Serpent’s Lullaby is a short that focuses on a certain mythological figure.  While it’s a […]

BITS 2014: Kingdom Come

A group of strangers, including Sam Becker (Ry Barrett), Jessica Martin (Camille Hollett-French), Daniel Levine (Jason Martorino), Rachel O’Hara (Katie Uhlmann), and Roger Jackson (Jo Jo Karume), all wake up in a deserted building with no recollection of how they got there.  As these individuals try to find a way out of this building, they […]