The Troubles, as they are so politely referred to, have had an indelible impact on Northern Ireland and the people who live there. Yes, that is the understatement of the decade, but while we think about the 30-year conflict in very broad terms, generally, outside of that country, we often don’t think about the real human impact. Kenneth Branagh is one of those people, and with Belfast, he seeks to tell the story of his families well as part of the story of Northern Ireland at large.Continue reading “VIFF ’21 Review: ‘Belfast’ is a crowd pleasing but personal film from Kenneth Branagh”
Tenet was one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Delayed multiple times due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was finally released to theatres late in the summer in an effort to save the cinema business but need up only proving that the world still wasn’t safe enough for that to happen. Not a flop at the box office exactly, but not a moneymaker either, there isn’t a movie with a more interesting story behind it this year.
Now, finally, it has arrived on home video, and I have finally had a chance to see it. So, how is it? Well, it’s a visually stunning and completely frustrating mess of a movie.Continue reading “Review: ‘Tenet’ is visually impressive but too clever by half.”
There wasn’t a ton of news I found totally interesting this week but Jordan Peele making more movies and Martin Scorsese having opinions about movies are certainly interesting tidbits. Let’s take a look.
It has been three days since I saw _Dunkirk_ and I cannot stop thinking about it. That alone should be enough to tell you that the movie is great and that you should see it, so if an affirmation that it is worth seeing is what you are looking for you can stop reading now. Let me say this clearly and concisely right up front: _Dunkirk_ is Christopher Nolan’s best film to date and you should absolutely seek it out on the biggest screen you can find.
Murder on the Orient Express is one of the most famous murder mystery stories ever so I’m actually kind of shocked that they haven’t remade it sooner. It’s here now though, with a cast of thousands of famous faces and a really terrible song choice. Let’s watch!
There’s a Cinderella movie happening and here’s the first teaser.
I kind of missed this one last week but there’s a reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise, created by [recently deceased autho Tom Clancy](https://awesomefriday.ca/2013/10/not-awesome-tom-clancy-has-passed-away/). The books have been brought to the screen a bunch of times and Jack Ryan has been played by a bunch of actors. This time around it’s Chris Pine and it appears to a) not really resemble Jack Ryan and b) look like it might be fun anyway. Let’s watch!