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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★½ Watched 01 Aug, 2015 24

    ... only this time Samantha has a body.

  • Tootsie

    Tootsie 1982

    ★★★½ Rewatched 28 Jul, 2015 21

    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…

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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 236

    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…