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 […]
Thoughts written in Spanish on Parallel Mothers, Almodóvar’s latest uneven but thought provoking film
Mis reflexiones después de haber visto la nueva película de Pedro Almodóvar, Madres Paralelas. Como gran parte de las películas de Pedro Almodóvar, la historia de Madres Paralelas sucede en el presente y en la ciudad de predilección del director donde él vive, Madrid. No es su mejor película, pero como todas sus películas es […]
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 […]
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 […]
Jojo Rabbit leaves butterflies in your stomach.
This is such an unexpectedly moving and funny film. It has a wild sense of humour, a stellar cast of actors and a beautiful love story. It denounces the danger of feeding people preconceived ideas about other cultures, fear mongering and putting people against each other. It’s easy to see that what is depicted in […]
Parasite, too clever for its own good
I discovered Bong Joon-Ho a few years ago when I saw his 2013 movie Snowpiercer. I was taken away by its power and imagination. It seamlessly mixed action and science fiction. Just like Snowpiercer, Parasite’s story revolves around confronting different classes of society, the rich vs. the poor, except this time, it’s not set in […]
Rocketman, the shiny but conventional film about Elton John
Read Julian Liurette’s review of Rocketman, the biopic on Elton John.
Shoplifters, 2018 Palme d’or winner is simple, neutral, not that touching
Shoplifters, a Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.Seen on March 26, 2019 Impressions before seeing the film I decided to see this film at the last minute for 5 dollars at a local cinema in Toronto. The film won the Palme d’or in May 2018 when Cate Blanchett was the jury president of the Cannes […]
Batman v Superman: Dawn of justice – Wah wah
With a title as pompous and serious as this, don’t expect to laugh much when watching the 2016 sequel to Man of Steel by director Zack Snyder. This is a dark, heavy and not subtle film. But surprisingly, it has some good moments. After the movie opens with yet another version of Bruce Wayne’s parents’ […]
What’s in a review?
What’s in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other word would smell as sweetRomeo and JulietShakespeare. I often wonder where the urge to express my opinion about a film comes from. Why do I want to share my opinion about something I didn’t make? How dare I criticize positively or negatively something I […]