When a movie opens with its lead eating a neighbourhood dog amidst the post-apocalyptic ruins of a destroyed apartment building you know you’re in for an unconventional time. When that movie stars mainstream (anti-)hero Tom Hiddleston (best known as Loki from Thor) then it’s also bound to inspire strong reactions from mixed crowds, as it did at TIFF this year when it prompted walkouts during its premiere. (more…)
Leaning into Dalton’s darker portrayal and piggybacking on 80’s action movie trends, Licence to Kill may be the most un-Bondlike film yet and is certainly the most violent.
The Martian‘s logline sounds like Castaway in space – a lone hero stranded in a remote location, cut off from civilization and desperate to find a way home. (more…)
Freeheld handles a true story from the recent past in a respectful manner that occasionally feels rote, but nonetheless achieves some emotional power. (more…)
Green Room is a divisive movie. Members of the audience I saw it with were shouting expletives and walking out in equal parts. (more…)
I fondly remember The Living Daylights as one of the better 80’s Bonds, and a much-needed palate cleanser after Moore’s run devolved into goofiness.
The End of the Tour is the kind of focused character study that would’ve felt at home in the more freewheeling cinema landscape of the 70’s but feels like an anachronism now. (more…)
A long-in-the-tooth Roger Moore finishes out his lengthy run as James Bond with A View to a Kill. With the inimitable Christopher Walken and Grace Jones as villains it can’t be all bad, can it?