Widows buries thriller formula and finds female power
Movie Review - Widows
Steve McQueen's follow-up to 12 Years a Slave is a female-driven heist film based on a beloved British TV series. For most directors, making a genre thriller would put them out of Oscar contention. But the award-winning McQueen isn’t your average director, and in the wake of #MeToo, Widows could still blow things wide open.
Papillon escapes a gritty chrysalis with little flutter
Movie review: Papillon
Charlie Hunnam looks a little like the late Steve McQueen, which makes comparisons to the 1973 Frank Schaffner classic harder to ignore, and Hunnam’s task all the more challenging as he’s forced to escape an island of fortified expectations.
Inferno: To Hell and Back
Movie review: Inferno
Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones get lost in a sea of attractive scenery and classical references in Ron Howard's decryption of Dante's Divine Comedy
An okay film, Unless you read the book
Movie review: Unless
This disappointing film adaptation of Carol Shields' final novel turns a meditation on who we are into a melodramatic puzzle with a conventional solution
On American Pastoral and Canadian Shields
Movies: #TIFF16 American Pastoral press conference
Ewan McGregor's adaptation of Phillip Roth's novel points out the problems in bringing internal narrative to the big screen, but the actor-turned director faced the same challenge as those who braved the work of Carol Shields
By Jay Stone
TORONTO — Here’s something pretty interesting: in the Carol Shields book Unless (now a motion picture at the Toronto International Film Festival), a sensitive teenage girl sees a monk setting himself on fire and is inspired to drop out of society and become a mute beggar in front of Honest Ed’s discount emporium in Toronto. In the Philip Roth novel American Pastoral (also a movie at TIFF), a sensitive teenage girl sees a monk setting himself on fire and is inspired to drop out of society and become a domestic terrorist. This tells us something about Canada and the United States — or perhaps just something about Carol Shields and Philip Roth, and about the film industry in general. ...
Pop This! The Girl on the Train
Podcast: Pop This!
Paula Hawkins's thriller debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list and now it's headed for the big screen with Emily Blunt in the lead, but is that a good thing? The feminist culture vultures pick at the problem of page to screen.
Featuring Lisa Christiansen and Andrea Warner. Produced by Andrea Gin.
A sampling of what you might hear in Episode 14: The Girl on the Train
One of the hardest things about being a book and movie lover is you have to wait for them to announce the casting decision. Sometimes they get it so wrong that you actually feel nauseous. Harry Potter was a pretty good adaptation... The Shipping News was not. Kevin Spacey played a character described as a giant man with red hair. I love Maeve Binchy. I love Maeve Binchy, too. I did enjoy Willem Dafoe as Christ. Megan’s missing. That’s the inciting incident. If you haven't read the book, read it. It’s a definite thriller. I read it in four and a ...