Review: ‘Doctor Sleep’ shines in more ways than one

Posted by Matthew on November 10, 2019
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How do you make a sequel to a classic? It’s a difficult thing, the balance between paying homage to what came before and forging something new is a difficult one. An inch too far in either direction and you risk the ire of someone, either the fan who wants something new or the fan who really just wants the same thing all over again.

Doctor Sleep makes the question even more difficult. The film The Shining is, to reuse the word, a stone-cold classic. Adapted from Stephen Kings novel of the same name it takes many liberties with the story, so much so that King himself famously did not like it. King wrote the novel Doctor Sleep 36 years later as a sequel to his own work. So the question is how do you adapt a novel that serves as a sequel to a classic book and film which each has distinctly different arcs and in particular endings?

The answer is, of course, with great care, which is exactly what director Mike Flanagan has done.

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Awesome News: James Bond, More Batman Casting, and more CGI doing terrible things.

Posted by Matthew on November 09, 2019
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Daniel Craig tells off a reporter (and rightly so), more Fantastic Beasts are coming, The Batman is potentially gaining a villain and a butler. These are just a few of this weeks stories. Let’s dive right in.

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Review: ‘The Irishman’ is a contemplation of a life lived, and one not to miss

Posted by Matthew on November 05, 2019
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When you hear that Martin Scorsese has made a new crime movie with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and a pulled-out-of-retirement Joe Pesci, that’s cause to get excited. Scorsese is a master filmmaker, and his crime films are among the best in the genre.

The Irishman is no exception. A 210-minute examination of the life and times of Frank Sheeran, or at least the version he told of them, Scorsese and De Niro tell stories within stories that remind us why they’re among the best at what they do.

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Trailer Roundup: A Grudge, A Photo, A Flower, A Banker, A Classic, and a New Pope

Posted by Matthew on November 05, 2019
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MPAA Green Band

This week we only have a few new trailers for you. There’s a new remake of The Grudge, a scifi horror festival darling in Little Joe, romance in The Photograph, awards bait in The Banker, grime in the new CHristmas Carol adaptation, and a brand new pope on HBO. Let’s watch!

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Awesome News: Getting out of the Star Wars, Going Back into the Spider-Verse

Posted by Matthew on November 02, 2019
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There has been more than a few big news stories this week and I barely know where to begin. Let’s dive right in!

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Poster Gallery: The Mandalorian, Queenie & Slim, Little Women, and more!

Posted by Matthew on October 31, 2019
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The Mandalorian

Little Women, Richard Jewell, The Aeronauts, and Ford v Ferrari all have new posters this week but I know you’re only here for The Mandalorian.

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Trailer: The Mandalorian (+ 70 Captures)

Posted by Matthew on October 29, 2019
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The Mandalorian

There’s a new trailer for the Disney+ series The Mandalorian. Let’s take a closer look!

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer Breakdown: Thoughts, some guesses, and 60+ high res ​images

Posted by Matthew on October 27, 2019
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The final film in the Disney Era Star Wars Trilogy, which promises to bring to a conclusion the story started in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi is coming this December and this week Lucasfilm finally released a full-blown trailer for it.

Since we’re all bunch of nerds around here I figured it might be neat to take a closer look at that trailer, and in the process, I grabbed more than sixty high-definition stills.

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Awesome News: Kevin Feige ascends, Kingsman 3 is happening, Pedro Pascal in Wonder Woman, Michelle Monaghan in The Craft, and more!

Posted by Matthew on October 26, 2019
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Taron Egerton

Oh hey again, it’s the weekly news roundup. Do you like Disney, Marvel, or DC? How do you feel about reboots? Let’s take a look!

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Poster Gallery: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Doctor Sleep, Frozen 2, Birds of Prey, Jungle Cruise, and More!

Posted by Matthew on October 24, 2019
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Jungle Cruise

Look, I know that you’re here for the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker poster but we also have Doctor Sleep posters, four each from Frozen 2 and Birds of Prey, one hilarious poster for The Lighthouse, Pixar’s latest Onward, along with new sheets for Dolittle, Bombshell, and Disney’s Jungle Cruise.

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Trailer Roundup: three new movies, 4 new TV series, and also Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Posted by Matthew on October 22, 2019
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MPAA Red Band

It has been kind of a slow week for movie trailers, but HBO and Netflix have released some series trailers that are definitely worth taking a look at. This week we have trailers for The Mandela Effect, Bloodshot, and Adopt a Highway as well as HBO’s​ Watchmen, the final season of Silicon Valley, and 2020 series The Outsider, and finally, Netflix has released a trailer for the third season of The Crown featuring a whole new cast.

Oh, and a B-Movie franchise called "Star Wars" released a trailer as well.

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VIFF 2019: My Favourites From The Festival

Posted by Matthew on October 21, 2019
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Vancouver International Film Festival

Another Vancouver International Film Festival has come and gone and we saw quite a few movies this time around. While there were tons to see, here are my five favourites of the twenty-plus I saw, presented in alphabetical order.

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Review: ‘The War of the Worlds’ is a thoughtful, Edwardian adventure

Posted by Matthew on October 20, 2019
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War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds is a classic story that has been adapted numerous times. Whether your favourite is the Orson Welles radio drama, the Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg adaptation, or Independence Day this is clearly a story you’ve seen before.

What’s interesting though is that despite the many adaptations there are precious few that take place within the time frame of the original written story. Which is one of the two refreshing changes with this thoughtful adaptation of the story produced by the BBC and airing on T+E in Canada.

If you’re expecting an action blockbuster I’m telling you that you should temper those expectations right now, this adaptation is a thoughtful slow burn more concerned with the effect the invasion would have than the invasion itself. That is to say, it’s pretty good.

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Review: ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ has exactly no new ideas

Posted by Matthew on October 20, 2019
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Zombieland: Double Tap

I really liked Zombieland. It’s not a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination but it has a great cast and a solid premise, and a few big laughs.

It was a surprise hit and made a ton of money so it’s no surprise that it got a sequel. What is surprising is that the sequel feels exactly the same as the original. That’s not always a deal-breaker, but ten years and a radically changed socio-political landscape in this world mean little to no updates in the new film definitely are a dealbreaker.

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VIFF Review: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ offers compelling drama and thrilling​ races

Posted by Matthew on October 20, 2019
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Ford v Ferrari / VIFF 2019

Ford v Ferrari is a lot of things: a showcase for two of our greta actors, one of the best car racing movies ever made, a compelling drama. At its core thought it’s a story of two men completely dedicated to what they do, and doing it in spite of the system they work in and the company they work for always asking them to make concessions.

Make no mistake, _Ford v Ferrari is an underdog story, but Ford isn’t the underdog and Ferrari isn’t the villain. The underdogs are Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles, toiling away at making the best car in the world while their bosses are telling them to make the best Ford.

There’s a metaphor for filmmaking in there, somewhere.

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