I recently watched the Oscar-nominated documentary The Square, about the enduring political protests in Egypt, and was captivated by its shoot-from-the-hip approach. It created so much urgency that it opened a plot of land for a gripping non-fictional drama. It’s remarkable when a documentary like this, one that has to stay in tow with the […]
Best Picture Should Win: American Hustle/NebraskaWill Win: 12 Years A Slave Best Director Should Win: David O. Russell, American HustleWill Win: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity Best Actor Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street Will Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave Best Supporting Actor Should Win: Bradley Cooper, American Hustle Will Win: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers […]
The new film by Toronto actor Michael James Regan (Being Erica, Played) called Backlash will premiere tonight at 7pm at downtown’s Bloor Hot Docs cinema. The short, which Regan starred, wrote, edited, and produced, is directed by Rick Skyler, known for the short Priceless.
Last monday, the New York Film Critics Circle came to the conclusion to expel City Arts editor and film critic Armond White (and suspended New York Post’s Lou Lumenick for unwarrantedly disclosing 2013’s NYFCC award winner vote tallies) due to allegedly calling Steve McQueen, the director of 12 Years A Slave (a film White declared […]
Written by Tom Beaver David Lynch may be today’s best, or at least most unique, modern director who operates with little regard for “story” or “plot”. Rather, his movies are puzzles with carefully placed clues, exquisite music, great acting and sudden jolts into the dark heart of life’s unavoidable mysteries.
You know what? It was a pretty good year at the movies. Of course you had overrated hype (those movies know who they are!), but that comes with a very well-furnished hall of movies that often had an extraordinary display of emotion and insight. And they came from several genres, not just “serious” dramas. But […]
Written by Tom Beaver 1. Blue is the Warmest Colour - Read The Final Take‘s review!2. To the Wonder - Read The Final Take‘s review!3. Frances Ha - Read The Final Take‘s review!4. Inside Llewyn Davis - Read The Final Take‘s review!5. Nebraska - Read The Final Take‘s review!
Blue Velvet- at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theatre in HollywoodWritten by Tom Beaver The Cinefamily is a nonprofit organization of movie buffs dedicated to the location and presentation of unique film programs. These programs often include an eclectic array of weird and fascinating movies, some of which are very hard to see around the world.
There are many words that could describe Martin Scorsese’s cinematic portrait of Wall Street juggernaut Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street, but one of them is not “restrained”. This is what I call a “Kitchen Sink Movie”: when a director throws in all his stylistic tricks and leaps beyond the perceived boundaries of his […]
American Hustle opens with pedantic silence: it identifies with the precise focus of Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who, before heading out to settle a big score, primes his toupee to conceal a patchy bald spot. Afterwards he enters the next room and ends up in a stare down with his competitive associate, Richie DiMaso (Bradley […]