Charlie Kaufman and Ian Reid help me “think of ending things”

“I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to the algorithm.” Kingston author Ian Reid said upon reviewing the successful adaptation of his work, the latest head trip from Academy Award Winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Kaufman is my brother’s favourite screenwriter though I always preferred Kaufman’s twin brother Donald. Most of his tales never venture…

In Its Third Season, Ozark Threatens to Become a Good Show

Ozark, a show that started off as a poor man’s Breaking Bad with worse acting and a lot worse writing, has a lot of angles and plot pivots to play in Season Three. None get more mileage than the modern marital fears of Boomers/ Gen X. I include the label because I was surprised how many…

‘Stranger Things 3’ Is Your Summer TV Fling

I attempted writing reviews for Stranger Things earlier, for whatever reason I lost interest. It’s TV comfort food. Critically beyond reproach, it’s a bonus that it does so many things well. A brief for the unconverted, it is a throwback to the child adventure era of Steven Spielberg’s 1980 era Amblin produced films (E.T., The…

Why The Oscars Got it Wrong

I was looking forward to hearing Toni Collette for Best Actress in Hereditary. It is man or woman to be the best performance of 2018. My brother loved the movie, my sister not so much. Most people, even some who didn’t like it can look at that performance as deserving of recognition. Collette is already an Oscar nominee….