Dennis has written 14 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★★

    Gotta gotta know Greta from this film. Will be more meaningful as she unfolds 'Barbie'
    She a crazy woman. Delightfully so. Genius too.

  • The Balcony Movie

    The Balcony Movie

    ★★★★★

    Of the eleven films I saw at this festival, this was the most enjoyable.
    Funny, bittersweet, at times deep--all of these experiences were captured and delicately held in this film.
    The idea wonderful, the execution with such a finesse. That's how I would describe delicate.
    The finesse came with the rhythym of the passersby and who spoke and responded when. Wonderful.
    Also the editing into what questions would be answered--such a finesse there.
    The use of the timing of the year especially thru the one character's chores.
    Finally the wisdom to know when to ask the right question. Wow.

  • Fire of Love

    Fire of Love

    ★★★★★

    This film expanded my universe. For a film to do that, I am extremely grateful.
    Did these two have a death wish? That's what I am left with on a soul level, while I try to grasp on an intellectual level the information and experiences that they found.
    I will be forever grateful to have been given this gift of looking into volcanic activity as an earthly thing. As a part of a dynamic living changing earth.
    These two were…

  • Scarborough

    Scarborough

    ★★★★★

    A day later, and I'm still aching for the children and adults in this film. I viscerally miss Laura.
    So in short this story, how it was told, and what it illuminated gave me so much.
    In the first twenty minutes I was wishing I hadn't chosen to watch this. Somewhere after, I became committed. 2 hr 16 min. The time is meaningless after the beginning.

  • Scarborough

    Scarborough

    ★★★★★

    OWR-Intense
    Certain scenes, certain encounters haunt my experience of the film. When he throws the pasta on the wall. HUG.
    Guess still too close to it to review. 24 hours later.

  • 1982

    1982

    ★★★★★

    There were so many parts of this film that were so engaging. I won't do any disclosing.
    But what, after two weeks of living with this story, I have kept receiving as a message from this film is this, as a North American for 70 years.
    The message is an experience of hearing an oncoming conflict, rife with bombs, planes, and the drone getting louder and louder of army tanks coming through your street where the local school is.
    This…

  • Simple Men

    Simple Men

    ★★★★★

    Though I am a huge fan of Adrienne Shelly, I mean huge, this third in the trilogy, The Long Island Trilogy, remains a top fave. Wonderful to see Hartley work without Shelly. It gives me a more well-rounded picture of Hartley as a director.
    And it is worth to watch just for Elina Loewensohn (sp).

  • Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

    Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

    ★★★★★

    Second viewing even more powerful than first. Little details shine through. Love Pem Zam. What more can I say? Oh, yes, this second viewing made me think differently about the ending. Interesting. (I hate that word.)

  • Adrienne

    Adrienne

    ★★★★★

    Review to come.

  • Sudden Manhattan

    Sudden Manhattan

    ★★★★★

    Could become my fave AS film of hers...ongoing film festival emerging. This one a must because she writes, directs, and acts in this one. If we're going to get a sense of Adienne Shelly's thoughts and writing, this is it. More to come, just watched it today.

  • The Book of Delights

    The Book of Delights

    ★★★★★

    After several weeks' digestions. The Book of Delights has become my favourite film of the 2021 Vancouver International Film Festival.

  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

    ★★★★★

    A slice of life film as seen through the experiences of a 14 year old boy. He is at the centre of this film, surrounded by the performances of two amazing actors, Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. But it is Mulligan's film. Such a nuanced story brought to life by these actors! And I mean nuanced in a good way. I am not a fan of 'in your face' films which are so common these days.
    Nuanced means a complex…