All posts by Sam Parisi

Sam Parisi has always had a passion for storytelling, evident in his love of movies and television. Sam has a degree in Political Science and Philosophy and spends his spare time writing and volunteering.

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Film Review

Disclaimer:  I am not a hardcore fan; I am a casual fan of Star Wars.  This may be a problem for some of you – I get that – but hear me out when I say that The Rise of Skywalker was a pretty good movie, which took the last two films (and likely the ...

‘Frozen 2’ Film Review

To start off this review I must make an honest admission of guilt:  I had not seen Disney’s 2013 smash hit, Frozen, until just a few days ago.  Being assigned to review the second film at an advanced screening and press preview event hosted by Walt Disney Studios Canada, I thought it necessary to take ...

‘The Irishman’ Film Review

The Irishman or I Heard you Paint Houses is the newest film directed by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese.  Based off of the book of the same name by former homicide prosecutor, investigator and defense attorney Charles Brandt, the film recounts the life of Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran (played by Robert De Niro), a suspected mafia ...

‘Jungleland’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Jungleland is a film straight out of the 70’s.  Everything from the heavily influenced storyline to the pacing, provide a glimpse to films gone past.  The male centered melodrama based on the relationship between two brothers facing hard times as a bareknuckle boxer and manager is both refreshing and exhausting.  It is refreshing because this ...

‘Ford v Ferrari’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Ford v Ferrari is an exhilarating film that shows the unique history of one of the great sportscars my dad lusts over.  Helmed by director James Mangold (Logan), this biographical sports drama depicts the events leading up to and through the fabled 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans: an automobile race which saw the first ...

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Film Review | TIFF 2019

Jojo Rabbit follows an ostracized German boy in the Hitler Youths named Jojo Betzler (played by Roman Griffin Davis) whose imaginary friend is an idiotic version of Adolf Hitler (Writer/Director Taika Waititi) at the height of World War 2 Nazi Germany.  When Jojo learns that his mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is secretly hiding a Jewish ...

Interview: ‘How to Buy a Baby’ Creator Wendy Litner & Actress Meghan Heffern on Crafting a Web Series and Taking a Look at Adoption

On August 23 LoCo Motion Pictures is releasing its second season of the web series, How to Buy a Baby, on the CBC’s web platform.  The show revolves around a couple’s struggle with infertility and the lengths they go through in pursuit of fertility.  While seeking treatment, the couple finds themselves surrounded by a plethora ...

‘Good Boys’ Film Review

If Superbad is the gold standard for raunchy high school comedies, then Good Boys, in my humble opinion, is the first “coming of age” comedy since the 2007 hit to come close to that level of humor.  Although the film follows the escapades of three middle schoolers, all of the typical high school comedy tropes ...

‘Toy Story 4’ Film Review

Like the other three Toy Story movies, Toy Story 4 revolves around the themes of purpose and belonging.  As major drivers for the whole franchise, these themes poetically go hand in hand with the notions of growing up and moving on.  What better way to exemplify these very pertinent feelings than with the personification of ...

‘Yesterday’ Film Review

Recently, I was fortunate enough to watch a screening of Danny Boyle’s new movie, Yesterday.  Because it was a free fan screening – and not a press screening – the theater was packed, which allowed me to experience a miniature version of the sense of madness that surrounded the Beatles at the height of their ...

‘Aladdin’ Film Review

When it comes to remakes of beloved films, there are generally two schools of thought; the first says, “why would they risk ruining a story that was already done so well before?” while the second school says, “the two films are separable from one another – even if the remake tanks the original will always ...

‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ Film Review

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a moving film that premiered at Sundance Film Festival is out on Netflix today. The story of how a teenaged boy in 2001 builds a wind turbine to save his village from starving in Malawi, Africa, is based on the book and true-life story of William Kamkwamba. In his ...