Review: Black Widow

Year: 2021 Runtime: 133 minutes Director: Cate Shortland Writers: Eric Pearson, Jac Schaeffer, Ned Benson Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Ray Winstone, William Hurt, Olga Kurylenko By Alexandra Petrache “Black Widow” (2021) is one of the best Marvel films. I left the cinema thinking it was “up there” with “Infinity War” (2018) and “Endgame” (2019). The story and characters were engaging … Continue reading Review: Black Widow

Review: Jojo Rabbit

“Jojo Rabbit” is–at first glance–quite the peculiar film. It opens up with vintage footage of Nazi Germany; Hitler-hailing fascist nutjobs going wild in exaltation over their idol. All this while a German rendition of The Beetles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” plays…this is the part where you, the viewer, may start to scratch your head in bewilderment, then utter to yourself what I did during this sequence: What. The. Hell. Continue reading Review: Jojo Rabbit

“Marriage Story”: A Feminist Fairy Tale

“Marriage Story” is actually a tale about a divorce – that of two successful theatre artists, Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson). Initially, the film appears to be entirely Charlie’s story but without Nicole, there would be no movie. In the beginning, he is unable to see his wife for who she really is but he grows to see her so clearly that he can fully appreciate the extent of what he’s lost. That theme – of appreciating women as fully formed human beings, equal to their male partners and counterparts – is what makes “Marriage Story” a feminist love story. Continue reading “Marriage Story”: A Feminist Fairy Tale

JC’s Top 20 Movies Of 2019

As we approach the end of 2019, the ITOL team are compiling their end of year lists of their favourite films. Here’s James Cain’s list and his personal top 20 films of 2019!

Another year, another fresh bout of shame. I didn’t see “Hustlers”! I didn’t fit “Always Be My Maybe” onto my list of favourite movies! Anyway, here are my Top 20 Films of 2019. Continue reading JC’s Top 20 Movies Of 2019