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  • A Face in the Crowd

    A Face in the Crowd

    ★★★★★

    “There Nothing as Trustworthy ... As The Ordinary Mind - Of The Ordinary Man” - Lonsome Rhodes

    Blessed with a silver tongue, good looks and charm, Lonsome Rhodes is discovered in  the drunk tank by radio host Marcia Jeffries when she pops into the county lockup for her “Face In The Crowd” spotlight show to capture the voices of ordinary men.   His little radio ditty is a huge hit, one thing leads to another and Rhodes becomes a national…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    Martin Scorsese manipulated me.  I got sucked into this three hour macho epic.  So much so that the end left me feeling an enormous amount of pain and sadness.  It’s not a perfect film, but I think it is an exceptional one.  I cannot imagine any other filmmaker tackling this story as effectively as this.  It is like Marty has been building his toolkit to get to this place.

    DeNiro, Pacino and Pesci - the perfect mobster trifecta playing at…

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  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    ★★★½

    Well that was a really long Leonard Cohen video.  

    Seriously though, there is a lot going on here in Altman’s layered onion look at the f’d up Wild West.  A bit muddled but it certainly gives a taste of the time. Filmed in BC, accentuating the harsh but gorgeous terrain. 

    I streamed this from Apple and the audio wasn’t great, so I put on the closed captioning. 

    Didn’t really feel any chemistry between McCabe & Mrs. Miller but not sure…

  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★½

    Privileged Julie is a sucker for a fool.  A fool who challenges her artistically, yet is so unlike-able it took every fibre of my being to keep watching and care a little.  This could have been a truly great film if only Antony had been a slightly more sympathetic character.  Apparently I was yearning for more of a cliched heartbreak than I got.   Shame on me.

    Beautifully shot, the voyeuristic approach to the film of the felt jumpy and…

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  • Metropolis

    Metropolis

    ★★★★★

    “The mediator between the hands and the head must be the heart”.

    I finally saw this monstrosity of a film in its entirety on the big screen. Paying homage that is long overdue. Hard to believe it was made in 1927. At the time it took 17 months and cost over 5 million Reichsmarks to make. It’s definitely one of the most defining and pioneering works of cinematic fiction ever made. Filmmakers continue to borrow from the screenplay, visuals and…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    TIFF18 Film 19


    I really loved this film, but I appreciate that it’s very deliberate structure will irritate some.  


    The film has no musical score. The soundtrack of the film is simply the actual noise from the house, street, planes flying above, etc.  Other than people actually singing, playing music or the street marching band, there is no music in the film. I saw the film in the new Lightbox cinema 2 which has a new and improved sound…