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  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    ★★★½

    I loved this film.

    I loved this film for the first section because all I saw was a man ensuring that his children were educated (and not in the 'colour your feelings' kind of way) and that they had a decent respect for, and the skills to, survive in the wild. When I saw that he was ensuring they were physically fit as well all I could think of was Plato's Republic: education is as much intellectual as physical. Mind…

  • Peppermint Candy

    Peppermint Candy

    ★★

    The life of a violent misogynist asshole told in reverse order so that the audience might wonder why he became a prick thereby putting up with his bullshit for 120 minutes only to forgive him if they buy into the idea that being a bastard all your life can be caused by one incident in the past.

    Yeah, I really did not appreciate this one.

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  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★

    My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?

    The film I saw was bland and boring. I…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★

    It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for…