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  • The Graduate

    The Graduate

    ★★★★½

    So Quentin Tarantino paid tribute to The Graduate when filming the opening sequence in Jackie Brown, right? I've always heard such praise for how Jackie Brown opens yet never hear any reference to director Mike Nichols' original work here. Maybe it's a detail I glossed over having not seen this classic film until now?

    From there, we go from Tarantino to.... Mr Feeny! Boy Meets World's memorable principal / lovable next-door neighbour. Here he is 25-30 years earlier, looking younger,…

  • Mommy

    Mommy

    ★★★★★

    Quick thoughts from TIFF *may get into spoilers?*

    My first thoughts: this is what We Need To Talk About Kevin wished it could be.

    By far my favourite of the festival so far and may be hard to top (it's too early to be definitive). The casting of the three leads were near perfect - believable in their appearance and body language throughout such a rollercoaster of emotions. The story was well told and built to a fantastic, highly resonant…

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  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★½

    Having loved Ida, and being so excited to see this jazzy black & white romance all year, this was a film I thought was right in my wheelhouse. Instead, my initial reaction is complete disappointment.

    This had the DNA of the 60s French new wave without the carefree happiness and joy. These two 'lovers' in 1950s Poland were continuously drawn back to one another - but there was never a reason to care or get invested.

    Sure, the songs and dance…

  • The King of Marvin Gardens

    The King of Marvin Gardens

    ★★★½

    As great as it is to watch Nicholson play the crazed / energetic character everyone knows him for, it's also interesting to see him play a mopey or weathered character. And we certainly get that here as the depressed morning DJ from Philadelphia David Staebler, who visits his brother Jason (Bruce Dern) in Atlantic City, New Jersey (the inspiration for the Monopoly board as the film points out). Life almost feels like a game to Jason, who with his ties…

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  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★★

    I hope everybody here has that one movie where you can put on at any time, and get a huge smile across your face. It's the definition of entertainment at the movies for me. No matter how many times I watch it, it will never get old, grow tiresome, or run its' course. From Rick's signature introduction all the way to that classic scene on the runway, this is a beautiful friendship that will not end any time soon.

    Set…

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★½

    Holy sh*t what an experience.

    This was an excellent revenge film with some noir elements to boot. With plenty of style, a twisting complex plot, and great acting - this one keeps you glued to the screen from beginning to end. It was beautiful on all counts and really makes me want to see this on blu-ray. With the Canadian edition of Park's "revenge" trilogy on sale at the moment, I see no reason not to check out his other…