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  • The Triplets of Belleville
  • Titane
  • Wild Tales
  • Waves '98

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  • Claire's Camera

    ★★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★½

  • The Bad Guys

    ★★★

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★

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  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

    What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

    Bad timing, symbolic timing, questionable timing. Sometimes, it’s funny how perfectly timed a film-viewing can be. My second viewing of Koberidze’s directorial debut came at the most precise moment; the day-before I would meet with someone for a quick lunch/get-to-together. Catch is, I was rather fond of this person. In my final days in Toronto, after a lengthy semester of confronting personal hell and turbulent friendships, I found myself under an illusion I created for myself. An illusion built out…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    Sometime in late-December, after attending the very first public screening of the film, I made a vow that I would revisit Licorice Pizza at the same theatre, on the same print, at the same seat, on the final day of its Toronto 70mm theatrical run. It's nice to re-experience this film, even with the viewing being a rather grim reminder of Anderson's subliminal sociological critique. The audience this time around was uncomfortably dead; a crowd suitably silent for the final…

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  • Claire's Camera

    Claire's Camera

    ★★★½

    A perfect little film to eat with some yogurt after a lengthy swim (from Air Canada out of all places), comfortably outside, watching the sun-set on the coastline, at an isolated little air-bnb located within the suburbs of Cannes. One of my all-time favourite Sang-soo joints; an ever-so imperfect comedy of errors on power-dynamics and artistic ownership. Captures the streets of Cannes with illustrious colour and whimsy. It feels good to be here.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★½

    Now why was this the last movie I decided to catch in theatres before flying out to Cannes...

    The 3D looks great, the final act slaps with the whole necromancy angle, and Bruce Campbell is still very much innocent. But holy moly, does it get ever so tiresome when the poorly conceived second act merely amounts to derivative side-plot after derivative side-plot; all for the preservation of fan service. Looks great, loved the colours, I'm just tired man... The Avatar II trailer in IMAX 3D looks fucking sick though!

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  • The House

    The House

    ★★★½

    And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife! And you may ask yourself...


    Well, how did I get here?

  • Radioactive

    Radioactive

    ★★

    The greatest threat to modern cinema isn’t streaming services, comic book flicks, or even trend-setting cinematic universes…

    It’s the rise of the Oscar-bait biopic.

    Taking the life of an influential figure, and minimizing their entire career into a cramped two hour-sub run time seems ludicrous. The existence of this genre to begin with, is simply meant to pander towards nostalgia driven elders, who crave for cinematic fantasies to re-live their idols of yesteryear. In 2019 alone, we have films based…