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  • What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    ★★½

    I love Deep Space Nine, so this was a fun and endearing watch. What it lacks in originality in its presentation and analysis of the show's legacy, it makes up for it greatly with only the best intentions and interviews of virtually all the cast and writing staff (as well as fans who crowd-funded it), all holding a great love for the show itself, which strings it together nicely.

    The framing device is a theoretical opening episode for season eight,…

  • Spider

    Spider

    ★★½

    Cronenberg's delve into guilt and trauma in Spider is a worthy and engaging effort. The despondent and incredibly bleak tone seeps into every shot and interaction through the eyes of our unreliable protagonist, “Spider” Cleg (Ralph Fiennes.) His recollection of the event from his childhood, which led to his hospitalization, haunts him from that moment to an almost comatose state of inner anguish into his adulthood – trapped in his head, replaying key moments, wishing to rewrite the chain-of-events in…

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  • Chasing Trane

    Chasing Trane

    ★★½

    A paint-by-numbers documentary on Coltrane. There are definitely worse ways to spend 90-minutes than soaking in the breadth of his iconic works, thankfully this is the backbone.

    Numerous segments that focus on his important songs and the inspirations he absorbed from playing with his contemporaries throughout his career: the licence of free expression that Miles Davis gave to his band, Thelonious Monk's meticulous compositions, his legendarily fearless and talented quartet, and later, his second quartet period with Pharoah Sanders and…

  • The Only Son

    The Only Son

    ★★★½

    Ozu is always such a lovely and simple pleasure and it's no different in his first sound film The Only Son. My favourite thing about his filmmaking has always been the manipulation of simple plots, so this was especially lovely, for me, since it's probably the most light of the films from him, that I've seen, in terms of plot and characters. (even for Ozu)

    As always family dynamics are explored: here, with a widowed mother coming to visit her…