Film Review: Clifford the Big Red Dog

★★★ Covering Toronto International Film Festival, I was shocked earlier this year to see Clifford the Big Red Dog among the lineup. Before being unceremoniously pulled from release (then subsequently rescheduled to November 10th), I was looking forward to Clifford thanks in large part to a bonkers first trailer. Based on the Scholastic Book Series … Continue reading Film Review: Clifford the Big Red Dog

Animation is Film 2021: Poupelle of Chimney Town

★★★★ Poupelle of Chimney Town is an absolutely delightful story of a young introverted chimney sweep named Lubicchi and the magical pile of garbage that becomes his new best friend. Set in Chimney Town—“a world of day and night wrapped in smoke”—where the sky is completely covered, the prospect of ‘stars’ is simply a fairytale. … Continue reading Animation is Film 2021: Poupelle of Chimney Town

Film Review: Muppets Haunted Mansion

★★★★ The Muppets may have a wide variety of specials, some fantastic and others not-so-great, but as far as I am aware, this is their first and only horror-centric spin. Based upon the Disney ride The Haunted Mansion, this new special (aptly titled Muppets Haunted Mansion) taps into horror and family elements simultaneously. It utilizes … Continue reading Film Review: Muppets Haunted Mansion

VIFF 2021: Lamya’s Poem

★★★★ Lamya’s Poem is an animated treasure inspired by the works of 13th century poet, Jalaladin Muhammad Rumi. This cleverly scripted classic 2D-animation weaves together the story of a modern Syrian child fleering war against Rumi’s personal tale of his hometown being overrun by the Mongols. The two storylines flow harmoniously together, complimenting each tale … Continue reading VIFF 2021: Lamya’s Poem

Film Review: The Addams Family 2

★★★★ While I can confidently say nothing can ever match the energy and excellence of the two 90s Addams Family films, this CGI-animated sequel does right by its timeless characters. Following 2019’s very fun reboot of the series, The Addams Family 2 is the road trip sequel you never knew you needed. Returning cast is … Continue reading Film Review: The Addams Family 2