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  • The Sweet Hereafter

    The Sweet Hereafter

    ★★★★

    Continuing my film study of talented Canadian actress turned writer/director producer Sarah Polley.  After this film, add to her list of talents song writer and singer. Her lyrics and vocals were featured on several songs on the soundtrack.

    How many times have I driven through yet paid little attention to Spence’s Bridge at the top of Fraser Canyon in my home province of BC, Canada?  My wife often vows that some day we will make this 7 hour trip from…

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

    I can hardly recall the last time a movie brought me so much joy and  so many good belly laughs. Maybe not since Paddington. Dare I say that the second instalment was superior?

    Melodrama never looked so good. Sally Hawkins is destined for underwater roles. And Hugh Grant was exquisite as the villain.  

    Phoenix Buchanan, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
    May my entrails be plucked forth and wound about  my neck should I deceive.

    Pure and absolutely untarnished delight! Bring on Paddington 3. We are getting close to perfection.

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  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★★

    I had a dream last night about this movie. I was ushered into a room with Osama bin Laden. I did not feel hatred for him . . . more a sense of wonder. This only served to reinforce how highly conflicted I am about the ongoing war against terrorism - a deep ambivalence which I could not separate from my interaction with this movie.

    Was the assassination of bin Laden an act of US heroism, a final victory over…

  • Exotica

    Exotica

    ★★★★

    Since witnessing Sarah Polley’s talent in the recent TV mini series Alias and Grace, I made a point to take a tour through some of her earlier works. Starting with this Canadian gem.  Sarah plays a relatively minor role but carries herself well.

    Exotica begins in a desperate setting - a strip club where lonely men gather to yearn for a love that can only ever be elusive and ungratified. The pace begins slowly until the disparate characters with their…