2023 Oscar-nominated Live-Action Short-Films

This year, the five Oscar-nominated short films are cold weather oriented as they take place in northern areas of the world (Ivalu, Night Ride, An Irish Goodbye) or in winter (Le Pupille). The Disney/Alfonso Cúaron produced film which is also the longest of the selection takes places in Italy. It was cute but I think […]

Two amazing films for different reasons

Minari (2020) – Un amour impossible (2018) A few weeks ago, I had the delight of watching Minari. I had wanted to see it ever since it came out earlier this year and finally took the time to do it. It was such a touching film from beginning to end. It starts slowly and gradually […]

“Promising young woman,” powerful #metoo film

Carey Mulligan stars in this dark comedy/thriller which takes place nowadays in Ohio’s suburbia. It’s difficult to categorize the film’s genre. It’s dark, it’s occasionally funny, it’s romantic, it’s mysterious, it’s several genres at once but it works and the story unfolds for the most part in unpredictable ways.  Carey Mulligan plays Cassie, a 30 […]

Nomadland – The modern road movie, critical of the system

France McDormand plays the lead character and also produced this movie directed by Chloé Zhao. Although I had never heard of the director, I certainly had heard of McDormand who might win a third Oscar for her performance. McDormand carries this beautifully shot film on her shoulders as she is in almost every shot. She […]

Covid Weekend Films: Il a déjà tes yeux, Victoria & Abdul, Election

October 23-25, 2020: French, British and American comedies On Friday night, we finished watching “Il a déjà tes yeux” or “He already has you eyes,” a French comedy about black parents who adopt a white baby. There are some heartwarming and funny moments, particularly the ones that involve the black grandmother discovering her grandson is […]

Love, Scott – Film review

Last night, my partner and I watched a 75 minute long documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada. (You can watch the whole film for free online by clicking here or the film is at the end of this review.) The film had its own gradual pace, featured lots of subjective blurred images […]

Dolemite is my name, fun comedy with Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes

You got to give it to Netflix, they are firing in all directions to create original content. Although this is not groundbreaking stuff à la Roma, Dolemite is my name is a fun heartwarming comedy starring Eddie Murphy in the role of real-life Rudy Ray Moore, a man who never gave up his dreams of […]

2020 vintage: Strong Oscar-nominated short films

The Oscar-nominated live-action short films are always surprising, inspiring and this year’s five nominees did not disappoint. From the instagram-filtered to the politically charged, the films offered a glimpse into some of the issues facing our contemporary world. The films take place in the late 2010s in northern Africa, in Europe, North America and Central […]

Les Misérables, une mise à jour de La Haine, œil pour œil, dent pour dent

Les Misérables, le premier long métrage de Ladj Ly, pourrait être décrit comme une mise-à-jour du film La Haine de Mathieu Kassovitz sorti en 1995. 25 ans plus tard, le film dépeint la banlieue parisienne d’une manière toujours aussi choquante pour ceux qui ne connaissent que les images touristiques célèbres et plus traditionnelles de la […]