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  • Tootsie

    Tootsie 1982

    ★★★½ Rewatched 28 Jul, 2015 3

    I was shocked when I saw that Criterion had selected Tootsie as part of its catalogue. What was so significant about it that it warranted such a distinction? It isn't a question that arises from snobbery. If anything I would guess that it arises from familiarity. I can't imagine too many films I saw in the local movie theatre back in the day being singled out, and if I had to come up with one it would be Saturday Night…

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1964

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Jul, 2015 13

    I dislike musicals for the most part, but what I really hate are musicals that sing "pass the salt". That drives me batty. Musical numbers, you know, song and dance type of stuff ok if necessary, but singing dialogue? Ouch.

    This was singing dialogue.

    So you can imagine what the rest of the film was like for me to rate it so highly.

    I thought Wong kar-wai owned reds and greens but boy he's got nothing on Jacques Demy's production…

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  • Silver Linings Playbook

    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…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015 237

    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…