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  • Gentleman's Agreement 1947

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Nov, 2014 8

    When I first moved to Toronto I ended up living in the Gay Village. I felt quite safe there to walk to and from friends' homes late at night. The neighbourhood was always bustling and it was refreshing to not get any 2nd looks and whistles. But there was one day, I recall it like it was yesterday, where I had a thought that made my heart sink. There had been a few 'gay bashings' (I hate that expression) in…

  • Scanners 1981

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Oct, 2014 8

    This film has the distinction of containing the single most terrible performance by a lead that I have ever seen in my life. Let me rephrase that, because I'm sure there are plenty of terrible performances out there in terrible films. This is by far the best film with a terrible lead that I've seen. I think that's better. Maybe I'm digging a hole here.

    I'll give Stephen Lack credit for one thing: when he was doing the scanning business,…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968

    ★★★★ Rewatched 01 Nov, 2014 19

    I'll leave Jonathan to review this screening, as I am sure he will provide all the details about the Q&A, etc.

    All I can say is that I snoozed through most of the first half (again). During intermission I got my anti-snoozing weapons, coffee and popcorn, and they did the trick.

    This time in the stargate sequence I saw the creation of the sky (ending with a long shot of blue in the top half of the screen) and the…

  • The Escapist 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    There are some films you can't judge correctly until the entire film is done. You know what I mean. That film that has you wondering why it is so highly rated and then all of a sudden something happens and you get it, and you are glad you stuck with it because wow, at the end of the day, it was terrific.

    The Escapist is like that, only better because it is good right from the beginning. Not great, but…

  • The Tale of Zatoichi Continues 1962

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    I love that I was able to watch this one almost 1 full year after seeing the first in the series and still I was able to follow. In fact, where there was mention of what had come before I was able to remember most of it. This episode in the Zatoichi film series was particularly interesting. A samurai thief encounters Zatoichi but does not steel from him. Throughout the entire film I was left wondering why he didn't. Did…

  • Shivers 1975

    Watched 18 Oct, 2014 11

    I tend to give horror movies a pass when it comes to certain issues including the portrayal of women. I don't know why I do this. It probably has to do with the fact that I am quite unfamiliar with the genre, and I expect women to be portrayed as stupid yellers who can't walk or run without falling, dial a telephone number because they are so shaken, or get the hell out of a house because they are too…

  • The House of the Devil 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Oct, 2014 4

    I'm kicking myself. I didn't review this immediately after watching and I forgot to write down notes. I am particularly angry about this because I adored this film. I loved everything about it. It is exactly what I like in a suspenseful horror film, because it is more about what could happen than what does happen. The entire first half has our young woman babysitting an elderly lady (or at least thinking that is what she is doing) and hearing…

  • Bedevilled 2010

    ★★★ Watched 07 Oct, 2014 2

    It is exactly at the 58 minute mark that an event occurs which is the impetus for the revenge part of the film. 58 minutes. Before that the film is a drama, melodrama really, establishing the relationships between Kim Bok-nam (played brilliantly by Seo Yeong-Hie) and the various locals on the remote island that don't play nice with her and her daughter.

    In fact, it is easy to stop the film at the 30 minute mark, which we did. Those…

  • Tu dors Nicole 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Sep, 2014

    tiff2014 film #14

    Remember when you had the house all to yourself? You didn't have to party or do anything special, really. Just knowing you were going to have the run of the place lifted some sort of weight off your shoulders, a weight you didn't know existed until that day. All of a sudden you felt free. Free to do everything. Free to do absolutely nothing.

    22 year old Nicole has the run of the house when her parents…

  • The War Zone 1999

    ★★★ Watched 27 Sep, 2014 2

    There is something about this film that doesn't sit right with me. It isn't the pacing, because I'm all for slow. It isn't the story, because that was interesting enough, if a bit bizarre. I think it has to do with the filler scenes. There are some fantastic gripping scenes in this film, but I couldn't help but think that there were too many scenes that just filled up the time in between those great ones. It is like an…

  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2014

    tiff 2014 film #18

    Never again will I have to ask who Tom Hardy is. The Drop is his film. Most might see it because it was Gandolfini's last film, and he was very good in it, but this is Tom Hardy's film through and through.

    Tom Hardy's bartender Bob seems a bit slow, a bit naive, very puppy-dog like to Gandolfini's assuredness. That plays to Bob's mystique and adds much suspense to the film. One can't help but wonder…

  • A Most Wanted Man 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Sep, 2014 10

    Anton Corbijn, that's 2 for 2 now. The American and A Most Wanted Man are some of my favourite films. I love how Corbijn tells a story. Slow. Detailed. Never hurried. Both films were utterly captivating from the first frame to the last.

    I would have given this one extra 1/2 star, but the issue with the accents was a tad bothersome. It was never enough to disengage from the story, and if I'm being honest I don't think I…