Motherless Brooklyn Has Some Issues

Motherless Brooklyn has a bloated run time, which could prove to be a tortuous experience for film goers if there are projection issues. Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton) suffers from Tourette Syndrome despite working for Frank Minna (Bruce Willis).  Funny enough, Lionel’s condition has never stopped Frank from trusting him.  What aids Lionel is the fact that he has one of the best memories among anyone working for the L & L Agency.  When Frank gets…

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Toronto 2019: The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse features two very strong performances from both Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in this beautifully shot movie. Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) and Efraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) are lighthouse keepers in this period piece set off the coast of 1890s New England.  When a four-week period is over, a storm hits the island.  This means that their ride back to the mainland will never arrive.  One could already feel the tension in the room…

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Aquaman Rises From The Depths

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that Aquaman is a step up from Justice League because there are many films that could qualify as such. As far as the credits go, there’s a mid-credits scene but there’s no scene at the very end of the credits. We don’t immediately meet Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa).  We go back to the beginning when Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) washes ashore, where she’s rescued by Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison).  This leads…

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At Eternity’s Gate: Willem Dafoe is Magnificent

Three-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe is magnificent in his portrayal of late painter Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate. Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) is an interesting art figure.  While he made his mark as a painter in the Post-Impressionism movement, he wouldn’t see fame during his lifetime.  Even though his fame came after his death, there’s something fascinating about seeing his story play out on the screen.  This story comes through largely on…

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Mountain: A Captivating Documentary

The recent documentary, Mountain, gets into a deeper explanation of why people become so adventurous in reaching the summit. Mountain is a unique documentary in that it’s an actual collaboration.  Rather than a single documentary filmmaker come up with the idea to make the film, it’s one that came as a result of Australian Chamber Orchestra artistic director Richard Tognetti.  Without Tognetti approaching BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, we don’t get Mountain at all.  Without Peedom, we…

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Murder on the Orient Express: Was This Remake Necessary?

Murder on the Orient Express makes for some great set pieces and period costumes but the whodunnit mystery doesn’t really need another adaptation. Director Kenneth Branagh, working from a screenplay written by Michael Green, has gathered an all-star cast but with so many suspects, there’s a major fight for screen time. A Rabbi, a Priest, and an Imam walk up to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and despite the making of a classic joke, there’s…

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