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  • Cup of Love

    Cup of Love 2016

    Watched 29 Sep, 2016 5

    Even as background while working this was just awful.
    100% Paint By Numbers crap. Even the background of growing and roasting coffee couldn't help it in the least (and I roast coffee!).

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★ Watched 24 Sep, 2016 7

    Part of the post-tiff decompression week.

    Whoa that's a lot of bangs! This one might have fared better had I worked my way up to it a little more easily. You can't go from Paterson and Certain Women to this without at least 5 or 6 thriller/actioners in between.

    There were a few things I liked about Captain America: Civil War. I appreciated that they addressed the elephant in the room: the fact that these actioners go about pretending to…

  • Money Monster

    Money Monster 2016

    ★★★ Watched 22 Sep, 2016 8

    This was exactly what I needed: post-tiff check your brains at the door entertainment. No subtitles, no long pauses, no silences, just pure Hollywood, tropes and all. The kind of Hollywood that isn't going for an Oscar. The kind that just entertains. You could do a lot worse than watching this one.

    George Clooney, a show-man anchor for an investment TV show gets more than he bargained for when an irate investor shows up in the studio. Julia Roberts, the…

  • Paterson

    Paterson 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2016 3

    The Intro and Q&A to my screening.

    Lovely. Just lovely.
    It is simple, beautiful ode to love as it manifests itself in the real world of regular working people. A love letter to all the passionate people of the world, wherever and however that passion manifests itself.

    Art doesn't belong in a museum, poetry isn't in dusty books of yore, these are alive and well at 213 Main Street of every town of every country. Wherever someone brings a notebook…

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2016 4

    September 9th, 2016.
    That is the day that I finally liked a Ben Wheatley film.
    I've seen most. I kept watching his films because even though I didn't like any of them, he was always surprising and inventive and creative and if we don't watch films for that I don't know why we watch films.

    I was rewarded with Free Fire and holy smokes did I have a grand ol' time with that one. Part Reservoir Dogs part Shoot Em'…

  • Certain Women

    Certain Women 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2016 2

    I haven't seen Meek's Cutoff. While I loved Wendy and Lucy and Kelly Reichardt was on my 'list' of directors, Meek's cutoff scared me. It seemed so, I don't know, so slow, and I like Tarr and Tarkovsky! I selected this as a TIFF film anyway. Had to. I like the director enough and the cast alone... Then I was told by friends who saw it before I did at TIFF that it was more like Meek's Cutoff. No choice,…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2016 8

    Moonlight is a beautiful character study of a young boy turned teenager turned adult who is a fragile soul and has no ambition and just lives life the way most of us do. At one point we all end up somewhere wondering if any of the forks we took were good or bad or if we actually chose the side we took - maybe we just followed the well-trodden path, the path most taken.

    There is a scene near the…

  • Neruda

    Neruda 2016

    ★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2016

    Neruda didn't work.
    I'm blaming myself.
    The only thing I know about Neruda is what I learned from Il Postino, so you know, grain of salt and all that.

    At one point I thought perhaps the film was great, just over my head.

    In it Neruda, the poet/activist is on the run, hiding from the police. The film portrays him as a gluttonous megalomaniac womanizer. As far as I'm concerned he may very well have been all that and more.…

  • La La Land

    La La Land 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2016

    La la Land is fun. It's nice and light and a good romance and Gosling and Stone are great and I will definitely watch it again. If you go in expecting nothing, it's a nice little film. But if you go in expecting something to do with Umbrellas or Rochefort then you may be disappointed. If you go in thinking of Gene Kelley you may be disappointed. See, the thing is that La La Land beings with a Greased Lightning…

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Sep, 2016

    This one was getting a bit too much hype coming out of Sundance. I didn't read about it much to avoid spoilers, but the poster had a melodramatic vibe to it, so I was going to pass on this film at TIFF. I really did have it pegged as some sort of BIG dramatic picture about rich white folk on the East Coast. A divorce maybe. A son coming out as gay to the republican judge father and judgmental mother.…

  • The Net

    The Net 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2016

    Kim ki-duk. Expect the Unexpected.

    The film you are about to see... is it like 3-Iron or Moebius? Is it a nice, tranquil, serene and silent film for the most part or is it a chop off this and that part and kill this one and that one and show enough gore to get you into the Midnight Madness program?

    With Kim ki-duk one never knows.
    With Kim ki-duk fans, knowing could be considered a spoiler.
    I recommend seeing this…

  • Arrival

    Arrival 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2016 5

    Arrival could have been my favourite sci-fi of all time.
    The topic alone... Surely I'm not the only one who used to wonder why all the Martians spoke English? The fact that Arrival has aliens come to earth (been done) and the powers that be ask for a linguist to figure out if they are nasty or nice is brilliant! Brilliant I say!

    I loved this idea and it cashed out. Villeneuve managed to keep it small for the most…