I’m a freelance culture writer and film critic. I’m also a columnist for The Globe and Mail

I cover books, design, fashion, food, and film and belong to the Toronto Film Critics’ Association. Lately I’ve written for BBC Culture, CNN StyleVulture, ZoomerThe Kit, cléo, FASHION, and Noir City and previously for the National Post newspaper, where I spent several years as staff arts writer, culture columnist and the award-winning editor of Weekend Post Style & Design.

I’ve been a guest lecturer at TIFF, Ryerson, the Bata Shoe Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Art Gallery of Ontario. I often contribute culture commentary as an on-air guest and have conducted onstage interviews at the International Festival of Authors, the Toronto Public library, the Lightbox, and the Vancouver International Film Festival. I’m also the creator and host of Designing the Movies, the film lecture series at Toronto’s historic Revue Cinema.

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A Cheat Sheet to La La Land’s Musical References

On the occasion of La La Land, I wrote a piece for Globe Film about the history of dance as narrative scene on screen. You can read it here. (Go ahead, I’ll wait.) As a bonus, here’s my annotated, clips-filled guide to a few of the classic 1930s (and golden age of MGM’s Freed Unit)…

Foodism, design and lifestyle in 1960s espionage fantasies

A glossy emphasis on design and lifestyle (those killer bespoke and tailored suits, for one thing) permeates the new throwback international espionage movies like Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. To contextualize why these trappings were essential to the genre, I rewound to the 1960s and had a rummage around shows like The…

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