How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Change threatens the harmony between Humans and Dragon in Dean DeBlois’ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The How to Train Your Dragon franchise numbers among the strongest animated franchises with two previous entries that are roughly equal in quality and polish as well as a collection of series on Netflix that definitely have an…

Downsizing

Alexander Payne’s Downsizing offers an innovative sci-fi solution to the global overpopulation problem by shrinking Humans to around 5 inches tall. A high concept idea like this should be right up my alley. I love exploring real world issues through a science fiction lens and the idea of shrinking Earth’s population so that they take up…

Sausage Party

Various food items ponder the nature of existence while making as many lowbrow puns as possible in Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon’s Sausage Party. This film has a premise that is difficult to sum up in a brief opening sentence but that’s the general idea here. If you imagine Toy Story but with food then…

Ghostbusters

You will all be aware of the controversy surrounding Paul Feig’s (Spy, Bridesmaids) reboot/reimagining/rehash of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 Ghostbusters. In our age of the internet, where trolls can shout abuse from the sidelines with impunity, and folks can get their backs up at the smallest imagined slight, the trailer for this movie became the most…

The Martian

Ridley Scott’s The Martian adapts the 2011 Andy Weir novel of the same name where a botanist is forced to find a way to survive on the desolate planet after he is left for dead. With the recent announcement of the high possibility of flowing water on Mars, what better time to review this film? I…

EIFF 2015 – The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl is an adaptation of a novel by Phoebe Gloeckner chronicling the story of a young girl who tries to grow up too fast. The film wastes no time dropping the audience right in the thick of it with the opening line from Bel Powley’s Minnie being “I…

EIFF 2015 – Welcome to Me

Welcome to Me is a very strange film that in many ways defies description. When Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) wins $86 million on the lottery she decides to fund a TV show where she gets to explore whatever comes to her mind. It’s a pretty solid idea and provides an interesting twist on the question…