De Vil Wears Dior: Did Cruella Cure COVID Box-Office Blues?

By: William Hume  After keeping its Dalmatians on a leash for over a year Disney finally let the dogs out with a $200 million fashion statement.  A best in class crew came together to create an epic costume period piece. Early reactions are rapturous about the fashion and looking at the ensemble that put together…

‘Raised by Wolves’ Picks up Steam as Paradise is Lost

Praise Sol as the show penetrates the mainstream! Joined by Season Two renewal news and an energizing focus on Fall TV,  the show is developing and merging its own fandom on Reddit. I came into this week’s episode of Raised By Wolves with the most energy and excitement yet. Episode 5’s flashback of Campion the creator…

‘Normal People’ is Millennial Soup

Emotions are messy. Are they enough to serve as the only compelling roadblock on a satisfying narrative path? Normal People thinks so. It’s a story that could not be told with the same sincerity even 12 years ago. Now it almost seems rote. Although Normal People based on the novel of the same name does…

Opinion: ‘The Last of Us Part II’ should be rated ‘Adult’s Only’

Video Game audiences have matured, and developer ‘Naughty Dog’ shouldn’t pull punches when telling its story, but neither should the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. By: William Robertson Hume Editors note: updated for clarity. The following video contains: Intense Violence – Graphic and realistic-looking depictions of physical conflict. Extreme and realistic weapons and depictions of human…

Aaron Sorkin Turns ‘Molly’s Game’ into the Cinemax Version of His Work

On paper, a match between Molly Bloom and Aaron Sorkin and is perfect. They’re both slick operators who hail from the bottom of over achieving families, they are both seeming meticulous and simultaneously prone to getting suddenly sloppy, and they both seemingly suffer soundly from inferiority complexes. Of course it’s nothing new to report that Molly’s Game…

This Is Star Wars!

George Lucas once said that at its heart Star Wars is not a Space Opera, but a Family Soap Opera! Well it turns out another ambitious family soap opera has had the guts to compare itself to Star Wars and it sticks! Beth Pearson fights most of the battles behind the scenes that the rest…

Review: “Hell or High Water” comes easy as one of the Best Films of 2016

Directed: David Mackenzie/ Written by: Taylor Sheridan/ Starring: Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Katy Mixon/ Cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens/ Composers: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis/ Production Budget: $12 million/ Running Time: 102 Minutes/ Distributor: CBS Films, Lions Gate Films (CAN) It has been so long since I’ve seen a movie in theatres that was about…

Case Four: The Multiplicities of Polytechnique (2009)

Written for Dr. Boulou Ebanda de B’béri’s ‘Canadian and Quebec Cinema’ by Xi (Samuel) Wang and Will Hume at University of Ottawa. March 2016. Actions and Behaviours Polytechnique (2009) is a retelling of the December 6th, 1989 massacre. A true story in which 14 women are murdered. The deadly attack was until 2020, the deadliest…

The Efficient Procedural; Prisoners Review

Director: Dennis Villeneuve (Incendies, Polytechnique) Writer: Aaron Guzkowski (Contraband) Cinematographer: Roger Deakins (Skyfall) Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Budget: $46 million Release Date: Friday, September 20th, 2013 Running Time: 2 hours and 26 minutes Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Paul Dano, and Melissa Leo Plot: Two children go missing…