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Compassionate Filmmaking in De Sica’s Shoeshine

A heartbreaking venture which called forward the neorealist film movement wherein De Sica became a celebrated figure. Shoeshine at once defines the genre while proffering De Sica with the tools and ideas to be reworked in his later neorealist masterpieces … 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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La Haine (Kassovitz, 1995)

La Haine is clearly an important precursor to films like American History X and French Blood (and probably many others). The stark black and white works really well to give the film that gritty feel of urban decay and desolation, … Continue reading

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Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006)

Watched it last night, and it affected me more or less as it did the first time. The colours and special effects are glorious. The film is aMAZEing.. 😛 Okay, dad jokes aside, it’s pretty darn excellent, and Del Toro’s … Continue reading

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Rosetta (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 1999)

The close-up hand-camera movement is tantamount to Rosetta’s suffering, desperation, and tunnel vision. As her “friend” enters and exits the tiny frame, encircling her with his motorcycle, she powers forward until she ultimately breaks down. While the aesthetic can be … Continue reading

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Au Hasard Balthazar (Bresson, 1966)

It seems rather fitting that I end this retrospective by watching Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). A retrospective is to look back on a person’s work, and Au Hasard Balthazar is concomitantly both the first Bresson I ever saw, and … 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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