“The Other Woman” Review: At Wylie Writes

“The Other Woman” Review: At Wylie Writes 0

The Final Take has contributed an article on the new Nick Cassavetes movie to a local movie review outlet! A quote: “For what The Other Woman sets out to do, I suppose it achieves.  It’s a very minor divertissement by Cassavetes, who’s made better films like Alpha Dog and My Sister’s Keeper.  Still, this director has a weird way of […]

Parkour Pyrotechnics: “Brick Mansions” Review

Parkour Pyrotechnics: “Brick Mansions” Review 0

How Brick Mansions vaults over The Raid 2 Brick Mansions is defined by a great ability to move, not for any cornucopia of complex characters or socio-political themes. Its raison d’être is to showcase (and show-off) the holistic training discipline, Parkour, founded in the 1980s by David Belle. Essentially a combined remake of District B13 and District B13: […]

His Name was Nic: “Joe” Review

His Name was Nic: “Joe” Review 1

Written by Tom Beaver Before the National Treasure and Ghost Rider films – before Drive Crazy – Nicolas Cage was known as more than a summer blockbuster action figure with funny hair. He was an unconventional, unpredictable, wildly talented, and oddly loveable performer who worked with great directors like Alan Parker, Francis Ford Coppola (his […]

Not For Jocks: “Draft Day” Review

Not For Jocks: “Draft Day” Review 0

You couldn’t catch me watching the NFL Draft. Ever. I know it starts May 8, and if I participate in any sporting event that day it will probably be on a local golf course or watching the NHL playoffs again without my Maple Leafs in contention. I’ve only attended one American football game: it was […]

A Movie Can Be Whatever It Wants To Be: “Under the Skin” Review

A Movie Can Be Whatever It Wants To Be: “Under the Skin” Review 0

Written by Tom Beaver Jonathan Glazer has directed three features. His first, Sexy Beast, was about a psychotic gangster (memorably acted by Ben Kingsley) who recruits a retired safecracker (the reliable Ray Winstone) for one last gig. His second was Birth with Nicole Kidman, the tale of a youngster who attempts to convince a woman […]

Lawless Law – “Dom Hemingway” Review

Lawless Law – “Dom Hemingway” Review 0

Dom Hemingway, like most crime films, is about vanity. Pride before the fall. Dinner before one’s just desserts. Director Richard Shepard, responsible for the crime caper The Matador, tells this story on a similarly comedic note of that film, favouring buddy-crime antics and brutal violence that colourfully translates to physical comedy. Near the beginning, when […]

The Art of Self-Deception: “The Unknown Known” Review

The Art of Self-Deception: “The Unknown Known” Review 0

Written by Tom Beaver Errol Morris has made a career as a filmmaker by creating original documentaries that widen the boundaries of the form and provide meticulous insight into whatever subject has captured the investigative journalist’s attention. This is essentially what Morris is (he used to actually be one): an investigative journalist armed with a […]

Darren’s Folly: “Noah” Review

Darren’s Folly: “Noah” Review 0

Noah is one of the most unpleasant experiences I have encountered at the theatres this year. It takes one of Genesis’s shortest narratives (only 3 chapters) – the story of Noah’s ark and the Great Flood – and bloats it to an overwrought scale while at the same time muddling the essence of Noah’s mission. […]

In Appreciation of Martin Scorsese

In Appreciation of Martin Scorsese 1

Written by Tom Beaver Cue the Stones, the rock-and-roll. Send the camera at De Niro’s face like a rush of adrenaline jetting from a gunshot wound. A knife jab to the hand. A gangster’s swift kick to the face. Keep alert with the emphatic swirl of a coolly-calculated sensory overload rendered with joyous delirium by […]