Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Year in Review: 2017

My complete 2017 Watchlist, Ranked (Films seen in theaters or festivals in 2017) Films qualify for my Best of 2017 when the country of origin’s initial commercial release occurs in 2017. Unreleased films and festival only release are not considered. … Continue reading

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Mother! Explained

I really don’t understand what the fuss is all about, why this film is so contentious, and why this film has so many theories around it. Mother! is quite simple, really, and once you realize its basic allegorical framework, it’s … Continue reading

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The Death of Cinema vs New Digital Cinema. CLOSE UP on Raz Vahn, emerging independent filmmaker.

Some have said that Cinema is dead—Godard, Tarantino, Greenaway to name a few. Besides a few international and avant-garde filmmakers, the modern era of movie-making no longer showcases film at all, but instead a display of sound and image recorded … Continue reading

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Best of 2016

This comes a little later than usual, but since Oscar season is fast approaching, better late than never! My complete 2016 Watchlist/Ranking The 2016 Next Projection Awards (my contributions included) Films qualify for my Best of 2016 when their initial … Continue reading

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A Revisioning of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog – All Episodes Reviewed and Ranked

What I take most from this complete revision of the Dekalog is that Kieslowski never truly left documentary cinema. While the films in this series are, of course, fictitious, penned by Kieslowski in collaboration with Krzysztof Piecewicz, these stories are a way of examining the truth of … Continue reading

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So You Don’t Have To Read It: ROOM–from book to film

Herein, I will outline the major differences between the novel Room by Emma Donoghue, and the film Room, adapted for the screen by Lenny Abrahamson. To be sure, I believe the film is a fine example of the adapted screenplay, … Continue reading

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Sátántangó Explained (Tarr, 1994)

There are many people who think the end is the beginning. It is not. At least not in the diegetic sense. The end is exactly as the doctor describes: 13 days after he is hospitalized. That is, 13 days after … Continue reading

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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Review

At 45%, the whisky is watery as hell, with and overly sweet finish. On closer attention, there’s a short burst of flavour on the palate that well balances oak and vanilla with a strong lemon zest or citrus. The slightly … Continue reading

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Vancouver Film Festival Coverage

Here I will post links to my coverage of the Vancouver Film Festival (VIFF). I will update this post regularly, as my reviews come rolling through. You can follow my list on letterboxd for a more detailed account of what … Continue reading

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Brief thoughts on Hou

There’s something quite awkward, even unrefined in the long takes of Hou’s more languid, observational films, especially those regarding youth culture, and yet this restrained approach to the quotidian somehow has an inescapable power of attraction. At times bizarrely mundane … Continue reading

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