Joel Merritt

There is often a complaint about a lot of mobster films in that they glorify organized crime. That is not the case in this dramatic biopic covering the history of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger (Johnny Depp). Gone are the blood ties and familial/friendship bonds portrayed in films like The Godfather, Goodfellas and Depp’s own Donnie Brasco. […]

Insidious is a franchise that appears to be on the cusp of adding a creative twist to its earlier instalments. Insidious Chapter 3 plays it safe by both following formula while employing a few new ideas. To explain, I’m going to need to start by immediately spoiling the first two films. The first Insidious film […]

  Joel Merritt

There’s always a lot of worry when it comes to revisiting a franchise. After a lot of years have gone by and the demand for more has died out, there’s the question as to why the studio would even bother. In previous months, the sequel Mad Max: Fury Road definitely proved that you can go […]

  Joel Merritt

Harkening back to sci fi classics such as Forbidden Planet, the majority of Ex Machina is constituted of philosophical discussion and games of verbal chess. These discussions broach many thoughts on the nature of humanity, god/creation and the illusion of self in the digital era. Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is an employee at Bluebook who wins […]

  Joel Merritt

Now here’s what I’m talking about. Just five episodes in, and we’ve hit what is one the show’s best episodes. It’s in this episode that the show really starts to push against some of its boundaries while beginning to develop some depth in character writing. We start off with the kids hanging out with Wendy […]

It Follows has a concept that sounds like it’s from a terrible B movie. An invisible, homicidal creature follows, at an incredibly slow pace, those that have sex with people that are already being followed. The comparison to B-movies is not entirely without merit, since the film clearly appears to pay homage to those types […]

  Joel Merritt

There are some ideas that are pretty hard to make fresh and interesting. Sitting firmly among those ideas are Mockumentaries and vampire stories. Mockumentaries have been experiencing quite a heyday since Spinal Tap and the Christopher Guest films came out. Now, it seems like half the movies seen are either mockumentaries or found footage films, […]

  Joel Merritt

Murray’s most recent starring role does not tread new territory, yet still manages to warm audience’s hearts along the way. Stories about a jerk with a heart of gold who bonds with young kids have been covered endlessly (Win Win, Up and Uncle Buck to name a few). That said, this one still manages to […]

  Joel Merritt

Here we have the introduction of the show’s first recurring antagonist. During the commercial break of popular show Tiger Fist… They see an ad for live psychic readings done by someone named Gideon. The adverts openly mock Grunkle Stan and he bans them from going. Disobeying his orders, the kids go anyways to find out […]

  Joel Merritt

I’ve never had much of a taste for the modern James Bond films. The subpar Brosnan films, followed by the latest batch of serious and cold Craig films, have left me with little interest in the franchise. In fact, most action spy thrillers have a tendency to take themselves a little too seriously and never […]

  Joel Merritt

So, now that the show has worked out some of the kinks in its follow-up to the pilot, it has a chance to play around with some different ideas. Here, we find our characters in an episode that is even more steeped in mystery than the first two, and boasts some of the series’ first […]

  Joel Merritt

The Babadook is an independently made horror film from, almost, first time director Jennifer Kent. She based this film off her prior short film MONSTER, which I can’t really talk about yet because I haven’t seen it. That may actually be a fault of mine at this point because The Babadook is not only amazingly […]

  Joel Merritt

Now here’s where the show really takes off. If I actually have any complaints about this episode, it would be that it is almost too joke heavy. That can become an issue with a series if it continues like that on a regular basis (ie Family Guy). Here though, it really just fits this episode […]

  Joel Merritt

Our season begins with our two protagonists, Mabel and Dipper, already fleeing from some great threat. One key element of this episode that was ditched in later episodes is Dipper’s narration. I am glad they got rid of this, as it doesn’t really add anything to the episode and just seems to over-explain aspects of […]

  Joel Merritt

I watch cartoons a lot. I mean, a lot a lot. In the past few years this love has been rewarded handsomely with a slew of great new content. But, it hasn’t always been that way… In the late 90s and early 2000s, there was a lot of creator-driven content coming out on various networks. […]

Halloween is imminent, and it’s time to mass-watch some scary movies. Personally, this is my favourite time of year, so I am going to try and post a few extra, short reviews on some of my favourite horror flicks. Warning: spoilers are likely. Extra Intro Paragraph today! Greetings from Salem on my Halloween vacation! Figured […]

  Joel Merritt

Halloween is imminent, and it’s time to mass-watch some scary movies. Personally, this is my favourite time of year, so I am going to try and post a few extra, short reviews on some of my favourite horror flicks. Warning: spoilers are likely. The Gate The Gate is officially the first real horror movie that […]

  Joel Merritt

Halloween is imminent, and it’s time to mass-watch some scary movies. Personally, this is my favourite time of year, so I am going to try and post a few extra, short reviews on some of my favourite horror flicks. Warning: spoilers are likely. Re-Animator (1985) Herbert West (Jeffery Combs) has recently arrived at a university […]

First things first, I gotta come clean and tell you that I have an ongoing fear of dolls and puppets. I don’t really have a specific memory of where this started, but it has stuck with me for some time. Yet strangely, I have a special place in my heart for movies that are truly […]

  Joel Merritt

It appears that going back home for a funeral is still the best way to find love and experience a journey of self-discovery. Dating back to classic films like The Big Chill and including newer favourites such as Garden State, the funeral slice of life film has now become an overused and tired cliché. This […]

So, it turns out there is a window of opportunity to make a sequel to a popular ‘R’ rated movie. Based on the abysmal performance of the latest Sin City, that window is a little less than 10 years. I’d like to tell you that, by being one of the few that held out hope […]

  Joel Merritt

When I first became aware of the concept behind the first Purge film, I was intrigued. I believed that the idea of a free-for-all crime night would serve well for a horror or action film. At least, that was before I learned that the entire picture was going to be confined inside one house. While […]

Allow me to explain my title, briefly. The best way I can describe Lucy is to compare it to the movie her, because they happen to have a lot in common. In both films, Scarlett Johansson portrays a being that is on the cusp of transcending the physical world. The difference being that, where her […]

Ernest and Celestine is simply a film of cuteness and beauty. The 2012 animated film manages to be bothcharming and endearing while still containing some dark and serious dramatic moments, particularly near its conclusion. The movie is centred around the unlikely friendship of the two title characters, a middle-aged bear and a little girl mouse […]

The first How to Train Your Dragon film took a tired storyline premise and managed to rework it with good characters, visuals and humour. Not unlike the blockbuster Avatar (which came out the year prior and was outshone by this pic in my opinion), HTTYD featured a character who started off fighting an enemy and […]

  Joel Merritt

It’s inevitable that Godzilla will be compared to its former American incarnation. The 1998 Roland Emmerich film of the same name followed the same tropes established by his other disaster films, but paid little to no attention to what made the Japanese Godzilla films so entertaining and beloved in the first place. Now, 6 years […]