Film Category

Let’s face it… not everyone is a huge Star Wars fan. However, with media headlines and Facebook posts touting Rogue One as “The Best Star Wars Film Ever”, my curiosity was piqued. For the Star Wars super fans out there, the truth is that you don’t need a review to help you decide if it’s worth spending your hard-earned money on. But what about, well, the rest of us? Those of us who didn’t grow up watching the original trilogy every weekend with their friends at sleepovers? Could the movieRead More
I was initially hesitant to watch Arrival because I’m not typically a big fan of sci-fi or alien invasion movies. Those closest to me know how easily I scare and on this day, I didn’t have any friends who could offer their arm for me to squeeze for protection in the dark theatre. However, upon the recommendation of a trusted friend (who promised me more than I expected from the trailers) I set off on a cold and snowy Sunday afternoon to escape into another world. I am so thankfulRead More
It was tricky for me to choose a movie to review this month. I wanted to mix it up a bit for you, the reader, but I also wanted to watch something I would enjoy as a viewer. So, I pored over IMDB and Rotten Tomato ratings and a number of reviews before ultimately selecting The Accountant. The basic premise of the movie is that the accountant, Christian Wolff, played by the stoic Ben Affleck, is an autistic savant. He’s brilliant at math and puzzles, but has trouble socializing andRead More
The Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a delightfully adventurous, witty, and poignant story with equal parts of beautiful cinematography, clever lines, touching characters, and hijinks. Written and directed by Taika Waititi (based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump), the film has a delightful lineup including Julian Dennison as Ricky Baker, Sam Neill as his “Uncle” Hector (Hec) and Rima Te Wiata as “Aunt” Bella. The film opens with foster-child and delinquent Ricky being dropped off with a new foster family in the New Zealand wilderness. TheRead More
Kubo and the Two Strings is an animated masterpiece that is visually mesmerizing from beginning to end. The most recent passion project of studio Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls), Kubo is a stop-motion animation (with computer generated enhancements) that truly dazzles. In the words of director and CEO Travis Knight, “At its core, Kubo is a stop-motion samurai film.” And then it piles all sorts of layers on top of that. It is an ambitious project to say the least and I admire the studio for taking risks andRead More
Before I introduce the main event (Finding Dory), I must first honour the creative and artistic geniuses behind the Pixar animated short, “Piper”. This delightful vignette tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who must venture out of the nest for the first time to dig for her own food along the shoreline. Her timing is a bit off and she gets buffeted about by the water’s frothy edge before triumphantly enjoying her first catch. The animation is so incredibly realistic, I wasn’t even sure if I was watchingRead More
I’ll be honest, I didn’t got to the theatre last Saturday to watch the new Ghostbusters movie. My roommate was driving me crazy and my house was hot and I was escaping to the air conditioned movie theatre to see the hopefully lighthearted and heartwarming Finding Dory. Except when I got to the theatre, the show times at the box office didn’t match the ones I looked up on their website earlier. And so that’s how I ended up seeing the new, revamped, sex-reversed Ghostbusters. In case you’ve been campingRead More

Posted On June 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn Film, July 2016 - Be Present

Film: Sing Street

Flying under the radar this spring was Sing Street, a brilliant coming-of-age piece by John Carney (Once, Begin Again) set in 1980s recession-era Dublin. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo plays the teenaged Conor, pulled out of private school when his parents hit tough financial times. He quickly finds himself bullied in a rowdy, hostile school. His muse arrives in the form of the mysterious Raphina (Lucy Boynton), an older girl who looks like a hairsprayed vision straight out of a John Hughes film. Conor tells her he’s in a band and asks herRead More
At first glance, the 1993 movie “Little Buddha” seems too far-fetched to succeed. Razzie-nominated rock musician turned actor Chris Isaac as the father of a tulku (a child believed to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan lama), and Keanu Reeves (closer at that time to his “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” than his “Matrix” days) as Buddha? Whoa, dude. But by the time the closing credits roll to an orchestral setting of the Heart Sutra, something beautiful and inspiring has taken place in this movie. “Little Buddha” weaves together twoRead More
During a recent trip to Hollywood to meet with radio execs, I had some downtime with family and went to see “The Jungle Book”. I did not have great expectations of this movie because the trailer had made it seem aggressive and a bit like Jurassic Park. I was initially only attracted to it due to the effects. But I was pleasantly surprised by its spirit and how true it was compared to the original 1967 Disney movie. The pacing had changed to reflect our sped-up times, but the storyRead More