Category: editorials

‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ – 40 Years Later

Forty years ago in a galaxy not so far away, George Lucas’ daring sequel to his epic space opera Star Wars debuted and would change the landscape of cinema forever. Empire Strikes Back was released three years after its predecessor took the film industry by storm, and with that came hype never before seen for ...

The Brilliance of ‘Twin Peaks,’ Thirty Years Later

I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange. It has been thirty years since FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper and the town of Twin Peaks first appeared on televisions worldwide, and the show has been beloved and revered ever ...

What Went Wrong: Revisiting Neil Marshall’s ‘Hellboy’

Seeing as the world has temporarily gone on pause for the most part as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been finding ways to keep busy at home. One way in which I’m occupying myself is watching movies – including the recent Hellboy reboot. Directed by Neil Marshall, Hellboy (2019) is about the titular ...

John Williams’ 20 Best Pieces of Music

John Williams is often regarded as the greatest film composer of all time. With a career spanning six decades, 25 Grammy Awards, five Academy Awards (52 nominations – second only to Walt Disney), four Golden Globe Awards, and seven British Academy Film Awards, it’s hard to not have stumbled upon the maestro at least once ...

The Renaissance of Shia LaBeouf or: How I Learned to Feel Again

The first time that I saw Shia LaBeouf was in a movie called Holes and while I can’t say I remember much of his performance, I do remember two things: 1. That his name was something that I had no idea how to pronounce and 2. That he kind of looked like me. The second ...

The Most Must-See Films to Watch at TIFF 2019

Film festival season has arrived! As the Venice Film Festival rolls on, critics and fans have begun to direct their attention to the next event, the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival! The festival will play host to a plethora of movies including the world premieres of films from James Mangold, Todd Phillips, Noah Hawley, ...

A Deep Dive into the Sony/Spider-Man/Disney Debacle, and What’s in Store for the Future

It was in early 2015 when news first broke that Sony and Disney made a momentous deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fast forward almost five years later, and that deal has apparently come to an abrupt end. Talks of re-negotiating the original terms of the deal broke down, and now Spider-Man ...

Masterpiece of Mystery: A Look Back at David Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’

“You know the chicken walk?” Blue Velvet packs almost all David Lynch-isms within a two-hour run time and it does it well. For fans, Blue Velvet shares similarities most closely resembling Twin Peaks, and for non-fans it remains a campy satire whose performances outweigh the story. However, because of the Lynch-isms, the story does not ...

‘The French Connection,’ Revisited

The influence of The French Connection on the modern “cops and robbers” flick remains intact after almost 41 years. A bold look at the gritty detective tale whose characters merge the line between good and bad. There are no winners in the end of this movie which in turn defied the traditional Hollywood narrative, and ...

An Exploration of the Human and Non-Human in ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Introduction It has been said that humanity is in a flourishing “age of technology.” While some praise the innovations taken in the name of furthering technology, others worry about the negative impacts that may occur when altering the fabric of nature. This is a conflict most notably seen in the field of artificial intelligence. As ...

A Celebration of Fox’s ‘X-Men’ Franchise

*Disclaimer: Due to the serious allegations brought against Bryan Singer, he will not be discussed, nor mentioned in this editorial.* Today is X-Men Day. Everywhere online, you’ll see people commemorating the last 19 years of X-Men films. While superhero films happened sporadically over the course of the 80s and 90s, mostly from DC Comics, the ...

PSA: You Don’t Need to Ridicule Other Films When Praising ‘Avengers: Endgame’

There has never been a film quite like Avengers Endgame. As the 22nd chapter in this 11-year story, the film manages to successfully bring several of our favourite characters’ stories to a close while also setting up a bright but mysterious future. Upon its debut, Endgame earned great critical acclaim and broke several box office ...