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  • Ocean Waves

    Ocean Waves

    ★★★

    Really Taku? Rikako is the one for you? I dunno, I think you might want to think a little longer about Yutaka: way more stable, just for starters…

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★½

    First, I cannot believe that some cartoon characters weren’t violently killed by Tombo’s outta control propeller bike. Are there some deleted scenes of that which have been quietly covered up?

    Kiki’s Delivery Service has a couple of soft spots, Osono’s really really underwritten husband for one, but the weakest being the cat doll that looks exactly like Jiji; Miyazaki is being waaay to lax on himself there with the writing. That nugget of story should have been worked over more…

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  • Never Look Away

    Never Look Away

    ★★★★½

    Quite the epic. A fiction inspired by the life of painter Gerhard Richter, Florian Henckel van Donnersmarck's Werk Ohne Autor (which literally means Work Without Author, and could have been translated as Uncredited Work, or simply Anonymous) tells the story of Kurt Barnert, a prodigiously talented boy growing up on the outskirts of Dresden, Germany in the 1930s, who witnesses the bombing of that city and the destruction of his family in the 1940s, who trains as an artist in…

  • Out of Blue

    Out of Blue

    ½

    What a slow-burning piece of shit. What an irretrievable stinker. What a dump-truck of dumb. This is not the film that you describe by saying "Not even the estimable Patricia Clarkson could save this sorry celluloid", this is the film that took the preternaturally gifted Ms Clarkson and broke her. This is the film where director Carol Morley told Patsy Clarkson to stare off blankly into space, and "I'll film that for 4 hours".

    Of course TIFF claims that the…