The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson transposes his quirky family dramas and characters, and that wonderful eye for details into an undersea adventure that pays homage to, and pokes fun at, the ocean adventure films that rose to popularity with the works of Jacques Cousteau. Bill Murray stars as the titular Steve Zissou, a Cousteau wannabe who, aboard his…

Rushmore (1998) – Wes Anderson

As much as I tried, though it was a long time ago, Bottle Rocket, Anderson’s first feature film, never really clicked for me. I realized there were good things in it, but for some reason it didn’t work for me. But it may be time for a rewatch considering how much I’ve enjoyed the rest…

Isle of Dogs (2018) – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson delivers another highly-enjoyable stop-motion animated feature with Isle of Dogs. He penned the script from a story he developed with Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, and Roman Coppola. Set in a not-so-distant future in Japan, the story follows young Atari (Koyu Rankin) who travels to an island to seek out his missing canine, Spots…

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) – Wes Anderson

I love the quirkiness of Wes Anderson films, and that was why he was such a perfect match for Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and making it a stop-motion film was the only choice for Anderson’s interpretation. Mister Fox (aptly voiced by George Clooney) is persuaded by Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep) to give up his…

The French Dispatch (2021) – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson brings his quirky style to journalism with The French Dispatch, an anthology of stories that let him show off his cast, his style, his attention to wonderful details, and that sense of humor that permeates his work. Bill Murray plays the editor of The French Dispatch, Arthur Howitzer, Jr., and this will be…

Toronto After Dark 2016: Antibirth – Danny Perez

I was a little underwhelmed with Toronto After Dark’s screening of Afterbirth this evening at Scotiabank Theatre. I always try and find something I enjoy about all the films that screen there, and this time it was the people involved in the making of the film, both in front of and behind the camera. I…

Suburban Gothic (2014) – Richard Bates Jr.

  Available now from Anchor Bay is this wonderfully quirky horror comedy. And let me emphasize the quirky, if you’re expecting a typical entry into this genre you are bound to be in for a bit of a shock. Happily, the film’s trailer sells its sense of humor really well. The film is also stocked…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Robot

  Tom Baker is handed the keys to the TARDIS as he assumes the mantle of the Doctor in this first story of the 12th season of Doctor Who. Robot is a four-part story that was written by Terrance Dicks that aired originally from 28 December, 1974 to 18 January, 1975. As the Doctor recovers…

Hot Docs 2014: Kung Fu Elliot (Matthew Bauckman & Jaret Belliveau)

Screening for the final time toady at the Scotiabank Theatre at 9:30 is this highly entertaining, often funny,¬†film about no-budget movies, bad acting, ‘good’ kung fu, and lies. In Moncton, New Brunswick, we are introduced to Elliot Scott and his girlfriend Linda. Elliot’s only desire is to be Canada’s kung fu star, like his heroes…