Carol review — Forbidden love unwrapped

Directed by Todd Haynes | Written by Phyllis Nagy, adapting Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt | 118 min. | ▲▲▲▲△ I've enjoyed Haynes' work since I went to see Safe one day in 1995 in a largely empty cinema in Toronto and felt a chill I've rarely experienced at the movies, a uniquely unsettled feeling I…Read More

LENS ME YOUR EARS Ep. 17 — James Bond 007

On this week's episode of the podcast, Stephen Cooke and I discuss our longtime affection for Ian Fleming's superspy, having caught the movie franchise's most recent entry, Spectre. We each offer our five favourite Bond films, as well as a couple of our least favourite. And we welcome our first ever guest, Luckas Cardona, who advocates…Read More

Brooklyn review — Romance in the diaspora

Directed by John Crowley | Written by Nick Hornby, adapting a Colm Toibin novel | 111 min |  ▲▲▲▲△ Saoirse Ronan is on point as Ellis, the young woman who in John Crowley's 1950's-set diasporic drama travels from rural Ireland to Brooklyn, New York for a new life, and inevitably, first love. This is an unabashedly…Read More