September 20, 2020

REVIEW: Joker is a thrilling but hollow look into the gutter

Actor Joaquin Phoenix does a bang-up job in director Todd Phillips’ Joker, all without the ludicrous and juvenile affectations that plagued Jared Leto’s portrayal on and off-screen. Ultimately, his performance is the film’s primary saving grace.

REVIEW: Ad Astra might be the best science fiction film of the decade

The cinema of director James Gray is marked by a strong sense of time and place. His films, dramas heavily influenced by Classical Hollywood and Italian cinema have made him an art-house curio over the last decade. In 2016, Gray was entrusted with his biggest budget yet for the jungle adventure, The Lost City of Z, his first film not set in New York. Despite the underwhelming commercial success of … Continued

Waterloo’s Jane Bond won’t tolerate a toxic kitchen

Commonly listed under career requirements for kitchen work is the ability to communicate and work well in a team. However, since the early 2000s, a third trait has entered the spotlight as a prized attribute in the industry: hotheadedness.  The earliest television celebrity chefs: James Beard, Joyce Chen, and Julia Child, were pragmatic guides to the culinary arts. While stern, these early celebrity chefs were far from today’s popular image … Continued