Katherine Monk 364 results

Katherine Monk is a former movie critic with The Vancouver Sun and Postmedia News, as well as co-founder of The Ex-Press. She still watches a lot of movies. She can be heard talking about them on CBC Radio, and you can read what she thinks about them here, exclusively in The Ex-Press.

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Movie reviews: The Croods, Christmas Chronicles 2, Collective, Zappa

What’s On November 27 A modern stone age family returns, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn re-gift, a sports journalist pummels political corruption, and Alex Winter offers a little green rosetta stone for Frank Zappa

The joy of wearing a mask when you’re facially disfigured

Health: COVID-19 Facial Coverings The Coronavirus Pandemic has disturbed the delicate balance of daily life, but one writer found a strange symmetry in suddenly being asymmetrical. “Is the mask magic?" he demanded with sudden, passionate interest. "Yes." I bowed my head, so that our eyes no longer met. "I made it magic to keep you safe. The mask is your friend, Erik. As long as you wear it, no mirror can ever show you the face again." - Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux By Katherine Monk VANCOUVER, BC — I woke up around midnight after passing out on the couch. I’d made a fire to get cozy after an hour-long swim in the ocean late in the afternoon, and I still felt cold. I plodded off to the bathroom to get ready for bed, and when I looked in the mirror — something looked a little off. I wrote it off to the awkward sleep position and the hard pillow. My face looked, well, saggy. It wouldn’t have been the first time I was a little shocked by a late night encoun...
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The White House shines again in The Way I See It

What’s On October 16, 2020 The Way I See It is a must-see view at the White House through the lens of official photographer Pete Souza, I Am Greta goes on an epic journey to save the world, and Aaron Sorkin's Trial of the Chicago 7 fails to find a West Wing moment.
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Double-barrelled shot of Southern Gothic and a clean shot of Chastain

What’s On: September 18, 2020 Janelle Monae wakes up in unwoke South, Tom Holland practices his drawl in the holler and Jessica Chastain gets shaken and stirred as a super-assassin in Ava.  
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Movie Review: I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Movie Review: I’m Thinking of Ending Things Drenched in Melancholy, Charlie Kaufman finds a drifting sense of meaning in a movie that conjures the ghost of French Marxist Guy Debord, and the Society of Spectacle
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Movie review: Mulan redeems Disney’s lust for remakes

Movie Review: Mulan Whale Rider director Niki Caro finds new dimensions in an ancient tale by focusing on the coming-of-age story struggling for articulation under the heavy, old armour of a man's world.  
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Tenet Movie Review: It All Depends On How You Look at It

Movie Review: Tenet Christopher Nolan looks to recapture a memento of his past in palindromic Tenet, a movie that wrestles with itself in the moment but finds meaning when you read it backward.
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Ash pulls us into the personal crucible of obsessive-compulsive disorder

Movie review: Ash Set against the backdrop of the scorched British Columbia landscape during fire season, director Andrew Huculiak pulls off the near-impossible by delivering a sympathetic portrait of Interior spaces singed by fear and loathing.

Launching a Rocket in the Living Room

DIY Column: The Apollo XIII Project A New Year’s resolution to reuse, recycle or purge was already in progress, then the pandemic happened, and what started as a creative bid to turn garbage into art suddenly morphed into a personal Apollo XIII mission: Without access to Home Depot, can you find a way to repurpose what you already have?    

Bruce McDonald gives Stephen McHattie a double-scoop of Dreamland

Movies: Interview with Canadian director Bruce McDonald McDonald’s latest film features a drug-addicted trumpet player and a jaundiced hitman on a collision course in the middle of Europe. “It’s about the journeyman and the artist,” says the director. He might as well have been talking about McHattie himself -- the Canadian character actor who sits at the heart of this “one-man two-hander.”