[REVIEW] The Little Prince Mark Osborne’s 2015 adaptation of The Little Prince reinterprets a poignant tale
Mar10

[REVIEW] The Little Prince Mark Osborne’s 2015 adaptation of The Little Prince reinterprets a poignant tale

by Every year, I naively await the Oscars’ Best Animated Feature Film. Every year, Disney proves itself to be the most powerful force in the animated world, and every year, I nod and grudgingly agree as yet another Studio Ghibli film gets sidelined. With Pixar’s Inside Out setting the bar for animated films this year, Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince was released at the Cannes Film Festival with relatively minimal fanfare. However,...

[REVIEW] The Drowsy Chaperone After staging Lady in the Red Dress last year, McMaster takes a step backwards with a production of a parodic musical that entrenches derogatory Chinese-American stereotypes more than it subverts them
Mar10

[REVIEW] The Drowsy Chaperone After staging Lady in the Red Dress last year, McMaster takes a step backwards with a production of a parodic musical that entrenches derogatory Chinese-American stereotypes more than it subverts them

by By: Cathy Huang I recently had the pleasure of watching McMaster Musical Theatre’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Having already read the notorious play’s Wikipedia page beforehand, I was somewhat prepared for the song, “Message from A Nightingale” going into the show. I was not prepared, however, for just how offensive it would be. The number featured two white cast members in traditional Chinese qipaos (dresses) and...

[REVIEW] London Has Fallen
Mar10

[REVIEW] London Has Fallen

by By: Joe Jodoin Remember three years ago when some over-the-top Die Hard rip-off came out of nowhere, and it actually turned out better than the last couple Die Hard movies? Well that movie got a sequel, full of more of the same mindless action. London Has Fallen is a fun throwback to the simplistic but entertaining action movies of the late 80s, early 90s period of cinema. Think of the classics with Schwarzenegger, Stallone, or Van...

[REVIEW] Macbeth Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth might boast an A-list cast, but its silence is its loudest achievement
Mar03

[REVIEW] Macbeth Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth might boast an A-list cast, but its silence is its loudest achievement

by When the list of nominees for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival came out, I was as excited for Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth as I was for Mark Osborne’s Le Petit Prince. Having closely watched both Roman Polanski’s 1971 Macbeth and the modernized 2010 British television adaptation, you’d think I’d be tired of the play by now, but Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy once again proves itself a whirlwind of a masterpiece regardless of how it’s...

[REVIEW] Zootopia Zootopia boasts an impressive cast, graphics and a compelling moral lesson
Mar03

[REVIEW] Zootopia Zootopia boasts an impressive cast, graphics and a compelling moral lesson

by By: Joe Jodoin As the first movie from Disney Animation since 2014’s Big Hero Six, Zootopia is a welcome return for the studio. The film possesses many of the same qualities as Disney’s other classics: top-notch animation, lovable characters and a powerful message for children and adults alike. The film takes place in a world of anthropomorphic animals, and follows a young bunny named Judy Hopps. Judy has wanted to be a police...

[REVIEW] Deadpool The latest Marvel flick features a less than marquee name, but still manages to shine through its title character’s bravado
Feb25

[REVIEW] Deadpool The latest Marvel flick features a less than marquee name, but still manages to shine through its title character’s bravado

By: Joe Jodoin This movie isn’t a groundbreaking artwork. It doesn’t subvert the audience’s perceptions of superhero archetype. It doesn’t even have a clever sense of humour or any breathtaking special effects. However, a Deadpool movie doesn’t have to have any of these qualities to be a success because that’s not why we love Deadpool. Deadpool is a foul-mouthed, juvenile sociopath, who takes nothing seriously and constantly breaks...