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  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2014 5

    tiff 2014 film #17

    I had a fantastic string of great 'Hollywood' pictures at tiff this year. 99 Homes, The Drop and Nightcrawler all had me giddy with amazement. If this is an indication of what is to come when Hollywood gives pictures to foreign or indie directors then by all means keep doing it. Please. Pretty please.

    Out of all of them Nightcrawler was the one with the most bang. There were two scenes very near the end that…

  • Wild 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2014 14

    tiff 2014 film #16

    My guess is that Wild will never get the audience it deserves. Why? Because we've already seen Into the Wild and 127 hours and we might be tired of films about young folk who have the luxury of going on high risk adventures and end up paying the price. It is why I didn't pick Wild as a film I wanted to see at TIFF. I can't say for sure what changed my mind*, but I'm…

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  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2013 89

    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…

  • The Thin Red Line 1998

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Jul, 2012 34


    I heard people talk about immortality,
    but I ain't seen it.
    l wondered how it'd be when l died.
    What it'd be like to know that this breath now
    was the last one you was ever gonna draw.
    l just hope l can meet it the same way she did.
    With the same... calm.
    Cos that's where it's hidden -
    the immortality l hadn't seen.

    What's it like to be lying in the middle of an unfamiliar jungle with birds…