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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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Distant Voices, Still Lives (Davies, 1988)

This is a different sort of review. I never meant to write a formal piece, but I ended up watching the film an unprecedented three times in three days, and I want to share the experience by posting various informal … Continue reading

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Lancelot du Lac (Bresson, 1974)

Lancelot du Lac (1974) is the last feature film of Robert Bresson that I am to see (although I have yet to re-watch and review Au Hasard Balthazar [1966]). Set in the medieval age, the story tells of the Arthurian … Continue reading

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Concert Review: Roger Waters The Wall Tour (BC Place, May 26, 2012)

My third experience seeing Roger in concert, and in some ways the best. While nothing will ever live up to the excitement and enthusiasm I had for Roger Waters’ Dark Side of the Moon Tour in 2007 —  what was … Continue reading

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Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d’un curé de campagne, Bresson, 1951)

A performance of austerity on the subject of austerity. A filmmaker practices austerity to create art; a priest (Claude Laydu) practices austerity to instill faith: both seek to fluorish growth amidst the people. The ascetic habits and characteristics of the … Continue reading

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Four Nights Of A Dreamer (Quatre nuits d’un rêveur, Bresson, 1971)

What’s with this film?! The more it settles in my mind, the harder it becomes to think of anything else. To be sure, it’s not a perfect film, and has moments that are quite amateurish compared to Bresson’s other work. … Continue reading

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Pickpocket (Bresson, 1959)

The first Bressonian film in this retrospective is Pickpocket (1959). It tells the story of an unemployed, but clever man, who is drawn to the life of the pickpocket. Though he does not seem the criminal-type, nor does he truly … Continue reading

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Robert Bresson Retrospective

The Pacific Cinémathèque is kicking off a Bresson retrospective. Though my work schedule gets in the way, I will try to see all 13 films — 5 of which I have previously seen. Those showings which I cannot possibly make, … Continue reading

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The Descendants (Payne, 2011)

While The Descendants’ (2011) symbiotic nature — intimately illustrating a family’s post-tragedy togetherness — is rather conventional and predictable, the aesthetic is befitting and makes impressive what would otherwise be quite a bland film. There is a quaint silence that … Continue reading

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Mirror (Zerkalo, Tarkovsky, 1975)

Seeing Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975) last night in 35 mm simply confirmed its place as, not only my favourite Tarkovsky — in other words, my favourite film by my favourite director — but, along with Memento and Rashōmon, one of … Continue reading

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