Category Archives: Reviews

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Casavettes, 1976)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie mounts Casavettes’ unique hand in raw realism via a narrowly focused narrative on a singular character’s plight of life. Shots, with a narrow angled camera–tend to bring background to the fore, intimating the character’s narrative … Continue reading

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Experimental Cinema, Jack Chambers’ Hart of London

Jack Chambers’ masterpiece of experimental Canadian film carries within it some of the purest moments cinema has to offer. Chambers’ sprawling form of experimentation straddles the fine line between so called high and low art. Adopting an anodyne viewpoint, he … Continue reading

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How Music Ruined a Potential Masterpiece: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and its Greatest Failing

There’s much in Nolan’s audacious new feature worth commending, chief among which is the underlying conceptual apparatus of time and rhythm and the greatly immersive experience it generates.  Cross cutting between three divergent storlines yet maintaining a parallel flow of … Continue reading

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Mundane History (Anocha Suwichakornpong) Review

Though rather unassuming, Mundane History conveys this dreamy energy whose effects are felt for days to come. As the title commits, the narrative events are monotonous. Yet paired with a non-linear timeline, the blatant monotony becomes the driving force of … Continue reading

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Logan: A Tale of Tragedy

Certainly one of the best ‘superhero’ films of all time, Logan separates from the pack through character depth and development akin to a Greek tragedy–perhaps of the neo-mythological kind. Logan’s arc, what a multitude of previous franchise installments have presented but … Continue reading

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Fantasy as Poetry, Fiction as Metaphor in Shinkai’s YOUR NAME

Your Name is a heartfelt, modern love story with an intricately layered narrative spanning philosophy, mythology, romance, and teenage fantasy within a science fiction melodrama. It is a brilliant feature anime, and the best I have seen since Takahata’s The … Continue reading

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The Damaging Impact of a Neglectful Nation: After the Last River

Vicki Lean’s heartbreaking documentary of suffering in Attawapiskat reveals the damaging impact on first nations livelihood of industry and government regulations ostensibly designed under concealed agendas. Her expository documentary requires little convincing, as Lean makes readily observable through first hand and … Continue reading

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Is Less Truly More? James Gray’s Lost City of Z: A Masterpiece of More Cinema.

Saw this at a press screening last week and I still don’t know what to make of it exactly. I marveled at its scope and ambition, the brilliant match cuts, the striking cinematography by Darius Khondji, and its naked honesty … Continue reading

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Life Is Like a Dream: Jarmusch’s Paterson Unfurled

Through its dreamlike aesthetic, lethargic rhythm, and patterned mise-en-scene, Jim Jarmusch’s densely philosophical tone poem manages to convey a certain unutterable phenomenology, one which is surrealistically experienced in life’s poetic coincidences and confusions. It is mindfully realized through an acute … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Because of its many moving parts and modes of storytelling, this is not an easy film to digest nor review. It is haunting and atmospheric, leaving a resonant melancholy long after viewing. And yet somehow the film does so by … Continue reading

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