‘Doob: No Bed of Roses’ Film Review for Vue Weekly


I tackled a film review of Doob: No Bed of Roses for Vue Weekly this week. I thought it was a great, probing film

Bangladeshi director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s latest lodges a chisel into a rock labelled “unfaithful love.” And during 85 minutes of film, he gently hews away until there’s nothing left.

No Bed of Roses (Doob) trains a plodding lens on infidelity—a subject that’s often only struck with comedic and glancing blows in western cinema—and places us within some of the most uncomfortable moments of a fracturing family in a present-day Bangladesh city. Muted greys and whites hang over each frame, draping an impossible-to-shake malaise over each character’s conversations during some of the lowest points in their lives. Read more

Serendipitously, Doob: No Bed of Roses hits on several things I’ve recently been thinking about and studying in fiction and reality (infidelity, global media systems, interpersonal pressures), so I was thrilled to tackle this review. The film runs at The Princess Theatre this Saturday and Sunday.

‘Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown’ Review for Vue Weekly


Women The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown is my new favourite musical (overtaking Chicago and Rent) and I reviewed it for Vue Weekly.

Plain Jane Theatre Company has always had a knack for reviving musicals that didn’t necessarily live up to their initial potential during Broadway runs, but Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown is a standout.

A farcical tale of love, infidelity, and crime in ‘80s Madrid, Jeffery Lane’s screenplay (based on the 1988 film by Pedro Almodóvar) boasts an abundance of the embellishments that make a great romantic comedy work, while also presenting an endearing human narrative that’s brought to life with surprising continuity by Plain Janes’ cast and crew. Read more

Until now, I’ve never felt like I absolutely need to see a show twice during its run before, but this Plain Janes production absolutely warrants it. The show runs through Saturday at the Varscona Theatre, and you don’t want to miss it if you’re in Edmonton!

Mary and the Witch’s Flower review: A magical debut flight for Studio Ponoc

It’s easy to get excited about an animated feature when you hear its coming from some of the creators behind Studio Ghibli’s greatest works, and in almost all respects, Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) meets expectations.

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Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2017: My Reviews Are In

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I reviewed 15 shows at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival for Vue Weekly‘s EdmontonFringe.ca this weekend. Here they all are in one place, ordered from fav to least.

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Sakura Quest Ep.4 Review: Promotional Problems and Marketing Missteps

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With the establishing arc out of the way, Sakura Quest delves into more of Mayotama’s issues, and it does it with smart exposition and an economic focus.

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Sakura Quest Ep.3 Review: What Makes a Small-Town Community Special?

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Sakura Quest steadily eases into its narrative this week with a bit of introspection from Yoshino about the small town she commits to live in.

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‘Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid’ Series Review for Enthuse.ca

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I’ve got a full review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) over on Enthuse.ca today.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid strikes a confident and consistent tone that meets and exceeds the animation and story pedigree set by previous episodic Kyoto Animation shows.

It tells the story of shapeshifting dragon Tohru, (Yūki Kuwahara) and her sudden ambition to freeload in the apartment of Kobayashi (Mutsumi Tamura), a female programmer by day and occasional, maid-otaku drunkard by night. Read more

If you want to read my full thoughts on one of the best Kyoto Animation anime ever, definitely check out my full series review on Enthuse. Of course, if you want to follow along as my heart fell for the characters in each episode, my weekly reviews are still live.

Still in Enthuse’s editing pipes: A fun podcast breaking down Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name.