‘The Disaster Artist’ is a Loving, Hilarious Tribute for Fans of ‘The Room’

Nearly 14 and a half years after its premiere, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is still as discussed, quoted and admired as ever, even if it’s not for the reasons that Wiseau intended. For the few that are uninitiated, The Room is widely considered to be one of the worst movies ever made, with Ross Morin notoriously calling Wiseau’s incredible disaster, “The Citizen Kane of bad … Continue reading ‘The Disaster Artist’ is a Loving, Hilarious Tribute for Fans of ‘The Room’

“It’s Chaos, Be Kind”: ‘Annihilation’ Might Possibly be Patton Oswalt’s Finest Hour

There is no comedian whose material is as darkly personal as that of Patton Oswalt. Over the past couple decades as an established comic, he has tackled bold topics that are off putting, strange and often bleak. The magic of his material, however, is that he does it in such a personal and confessional way that it feels like his sets are therapeutic. He confides … Continue reading “It’s Chaos, Be Kind”: ‘Annihilation’ Might Possibly be Patton Oswalt’s Finest Hour

EIFF: ‘Racer and the Jailbird’ Feels Like a Trilogy of Frustration and Disaster

*DISCLAIMER: As this is a difficult film to talk about without delving into the plot, this review contains major spoilers for Racer and the Jailbird. Please read with caution.* Racer and the Jailbird is a film that is just as difficult to talk about as it is to watch. Featuring two fantastic, but ultimately wasted leads, Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Racer and the Jailbird’ Feels Like a Trilogy of Frustration and Disaster

EIFF: ‘Happy End’ is a Dark, Hilarious Look at an Upper Class Family

*DISCLAIMER: As this is a difficult film to talk about without delving into the plot, this review of Happy End contains mild spoilers. Please read with caution.* From the moment that Happy End begins, it’s clear what the audience is in for. The opening scene of Michael Haneke’s latest effort is seen from the perspective of 13-year-old Eve Laurent (Fantine Harduin) as she records the family … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Happy End’ is a Dark, Hilarious Look at an Upper Class Family

EIFF: A Cold, Bleak Examination of a Grieving Couple Gives ‘Loveless’ Its Brutal Impact

There is something about Loveless, Russia’s official Best Foreign Language Film entry at the 90th Academy Awards, that feels different from any other thriller of its kind. Unlike films such as Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, a film which, while quite good, is more focused on telling a similar story that is more primarily driven by the emotion of the scenario, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s follow up to Leviathan … Continue reading EIFF: A Cold, Bleak Examination of a Grieving Couple Gives ‘Loveless’ Its Brutal Impact

EIFF: ‘Romantic Road’ is a Delightful Documentary About Love and Adventure

Plenty of Oliver McGarvey’s documentary, Romantic Road, revolves around the bond between married couple, Rupert and Jan Grey, as they travel around India in his father’s 1936 Rolls Royce. However, the title is also a nod to how the Greys, and McGarvey in turn, often, but not always, romanticize the country they travel through, the people they meet along the way, the bonds that they … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Romantic Road’ is a Delightful Documentary About Love and Adventure

‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Might Not be What Fans Wanted, but it’s What Television Needed

When David Lynch’s revival of his cultural phenomenon Twin Peaks first premiered back in May, we were taken back to a place both wonderful and strange. Now that the series is over, it’s safe to say that The Return is not only just as groundbreaking as the original series, but it’s also the best television experience of the last ten years. Appropriately described by Showtime … Continue reading ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Might Not be What Fans Wanted, but it’s What Television Needed