Toronto 2019: The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield gives viewers the first adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel in almost 20 years. We first meet David Copperfield (Dev Patel) as an adult before taking a journey with him back to his childhood.  Sometime after being born in the Rookery to Clara (Morfydd Clark), the young Copperfield finds himself living in the least traditional of places, an upside down boat on the beach.  It’s here where he lives…

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The Souvenir: Oscar hopeful arrives on Blu-ray, DVD

Joanna Hogg’s Oscar hopeful, The Souvenir, starring Honor Swinton Byrne is now available for viewers to watch at home on Blu-ray and DVD. The film, released by A24, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it took home the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic.  As I wrote in my review upon the film’s theatrical release, Byrne delivers a breakout performance.  It is a known fact that female filmmakers don’t get enough recognition…

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The Dead Don’t Die Goes Meta

The Dead Don’t Die may work as a horror comedy but writer-director Jim Jarmusch ultimately aims for both meta and allegorical comedy. “This is going to end badly,” police officer Ronald Peterson (Adam Driver) repeatedly tells police chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray).  How does Peterson know this?  He read the full script.  Robertson on the other hand would only receive the pages with his scenes.  While the joke may be self-referential, it ultimately pays off.  Other…

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The Souvenir is A Contender

Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir is a very well made film and make no mistake that we’ll be talking about the indie film during awards season. Aspiring British filmmaker Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) attends film school in the 1980s while also dealing with boyfriend Anthony (Tom Burke).  It’s not the best of relationships to say the least.  Perhaps the most comical moment comes when Anthony fights her over their bed space.  More fun comes with references…

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Doctor Strange – The Road to Endgame

Doctor Strange delivers a satisfying origin story for the Sorcerer Supreme while drawing upon the comic book visuals in an entertaining way. Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is certainly one of the world’s best neurosurgeons.  Well, he was until he ended up in an awful car accident.  His former girlfriend and fellow co-worker, Dr. Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), tries her best to help him move forward.  Unfortunately, he’s every bit as stubborn and won’t mind wiping…

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Isle of Dogs: Wes Anderson Does It Again

With a film that pays homage to Japanese cinema, Wes Anderson has done it again with the crowd-pleasing stop-motion animated feature, Isle of Dogs. Isle of Dogs is as much the story of Chief (Bryan Cranston) and Spots (Liev Schreiber) as it is 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi (Koyu Rankin). Although it left him in a three-year coma, Atari had survived an accident while his parents perished.  He was left as a ward to his uncle, Mayor…

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