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  • Persuasion 1995

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Dec, 2014 5

    I want to say that this is my favourite Austen novel, but I'm not sure I read it, or if I did, it was so long ago that I don't remember.

    I want to say that this is my favourite Austen-based film, and I think it is, but I am not quite ready to publicly admit that the Ehle/Firth version of Pride and Prejudice might not be the best thing ever.

    This much I can say: this is my favourite…

  • Adam's Apples 2005

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Dec, 2014 4

    I love this one. It wasn't always laugh out loud funny but when it was, goodness, was it ever! The dark humour is fantastic (my favourite kind) and it even gets into fairly mean humour at times (which I like even more). Mads and Ulrich were fantastic, but I shouldn't single them out because the entire cast was fabulous.

    When I looked up writer/director Anders Thomas Jensen on IMDB I was floored at how many films he had written. I…

  • Secret Sunshine 2007

    ★★½ Watched 11 Dec, 2014 5

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★ Watched 05 Dec, 2014 24

    Whoa, for the first half hour I thought for sure I was watching a spin on Firefly Meets the Fantastic Mr. Fox.

    Captain Mal, nostalgia for his home planet always at the forefront, is a scoundrel of sorts, wandering the Galaxy trying to make a buck. He salvages and trades where he can on different planets. He gathers a motley crew together, including a big bulky fighter who isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, a female weapon who can…

  • Me and My Moulton 2014

    ★★★ Watched 03 Dec, 2014

    From Torill Kove, writer/director of the Oscar-winning The Danish Poet. Stream it for free today only (Dec 3 2014) at the National Film Board of Canada. 14 minutes.

    There isn't much story to it,but there are some nice observations, and the animation is nice and simple.

  • Minnie and Moskowitz 1971

    Watched 26 Nov, 2014 4

    This was my introduction to John Cassavetes, which is a shame because I've been reading that Minnie and Moskowitz was a bit of a departure for him. It was lighter than his usual fair, they say. It was his attempt at comedy, they say. If what they say is true, I'm not sure I want to explore the rest of his filmography.

    Look, I don't want to be that girl who always sees the worst in films, or who always…

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2014 23

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • 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…