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  • Her Smell

    Her Smell

    ★★★½

    Ambitious story about a passionate, highy volatile, substance fueled lead singer of the band Something She, this is a lengthy one. It’s very much like a play, confined in content and space. Told over five acts you are in for a bit of a Rollercoaster of a ride on Becky Something’s raw and ruthless energy.  Told mostly back stage and in the recording studio some scenes might have benefited from editing, but the drawn out effect serves to deliver us…

  • Metropolis

    Metropolis

    ★★★★★

    “The mediator between the hands and the head must be the heart”.

    I finally saw this monstrosity of a film in its entirety on the big screen. Paying homage that is long overdue. Hard to believe it was made in 1927. At the time it took 17 months and cost over 5 million Reichsmarks to make. It’s definitely one of the most defining and pioneering works of cinematic fiction ever made. Filmmakers continue to borrow from the screenplay, visuals and…

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  • Point Blank

    Point Blank

    ★★

    Meh, some amusing bits but overall I found this uneven crime-noir to be a more ridiculous than anything else.  I know most love this for Lee Marvin, but I enjoyed John Vernon, Lloyd Bochner and Caroll O’Connor mainly because they were the amusing bits. 

    My favourite scene has to be John Vernon in the sheet.  It was supposed to be funny right?  

    The screening was worthwhile. An original 35mm print and a very enjoyable Q&A with Michael Ondaatje who may have a crush on Angie Dickinson.

  • Unrelated

    Unrelated

    ★★★

    A rather depressing tale of a woman, seemingly unhappy in her marriage, who travels to Siena, Italy to vacation with her best friend and her family.  Rather than hanging out with the “olds”, Anna finds herself drawn to the “youngs”, her friend’s young adult children and their handsome cousin, Oscar, played by a young Tom Hiddleston in his first feature debut.

    The story plays out in cringe-worthy fashion with Anna initially awkwardly fitting in with the youngs, keeping up with…

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    TIFF18 Film 19


    I really loved this film, but I appreciate that it’s very deliberate structure will irritate some.  


    The film has no musical score. The soundtrack of the film is simply the actual noise from the house, street, planes flying above, etc.  Other than people actually singing, playing music or the street marching band, there is no music in the film. I saw the film in the new Lightbox cinema 2 which has a new and improved sound system…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    Reminiscent of a “certain film” and yet so unique, this is a film that lingers with you long after you leave the theatre. The film begins with shocking and confusing images, we are not quite sure what is going on. Audience as voyeur, this not seeing everything clearly pulls you into the film craving clarity which you almost get as the film progresses, but not entirely. I love leaving a film still wonder what the… These are the films you…