FILM REVIEW: La La Land

La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)

Writer/director Damien Chazelle first came to our attention with Whiplash in 2014. That film, about a jazz student’s sacrifices in the pursuit of success, was my favourite film of the last five, if not ten, years. I’m yet to come across someone who did not like it (and if that person does exist, what the hell is wrong with you?) With similar themes to Whiplash, La La Land follows struggling actress Mia (Emma Stone) and struggling jazz artist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as they find love and try to follow their dreams. But with ambition comes sacrifice, and underneath the surface of 1950s-inspired fantasy is 2016’s reality (no, not the disastrous political situation but the average LA artist’s reality). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: La La Land

Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: The Light Between Oceans, Hacksaw Ridge, & Arrival

November releases included The Light Between Oceans, Arrival, and Hacksaw Ridge. While they’re all a little outside the desired window to have a clear shot at Oscar glory,  some of the best of the year were to be found here. Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: The Light Between Oceans, Hacksaw Ridge, & Arrival

Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Bridget Jones’s Baby, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children & Sully

Looking for some holiday entertainment but don’t want to leave the couch? The following are all out (or almost out) on DVD. Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Bridget Jones’s Baby, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children & Sully

FILM REVIEW: Trolls

Trolls (Walt Dohrn & Mike Mitchell, 2016)

Nineties kids may have fond memories of the troll dolls with the big bright hair that could be styled every which way. The toys have been around since the 1960s, with revivals occurring every couple of decades. In 2016 they make a return in computer-animated form, and their hair is as fabulous as ever. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Trolls

FILM REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (David Yates, 2016)

It’s been five years since we bid farewell to Harry Potter on screen and lost our will to live through to November. Harry Potter has indeed lingered beyond the screen, with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child currently selling out on the West End despite its audience being required to attend two separate performances to see the entire show. Even Daniel Radcliffe has managed to find work, continuing his attempts to prove that he actually can act. But the absence of any films set in Harry’s wizarding world has left somewhat of a hole, only able to be filled with excessive fan fiction and Harry Potter trivia nights. Praise be to Dumbledore that finally, Potter nerds have something to get excited about once more, with the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

FILM REVIEW: The Accountant

The Accountant (Gavin O’Connor, 2016)

Ben Affleck is The Accountant. The film’s title doesn’t exactly evoke much excitement, but like every other film this year, it can’t be any worse than the snooze-fest that was Batman V Superman. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Accountant