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  • Student Bodies

    Student Bodies

    First time watch and I had a lot of fun. This beat Scary Movie to the punch by 19 years and is just as funny in my opinion. Some very smart meta gags, some absurdly silly gags and some very dated un-pc gags (that may offend some).

    from imdb trivia: Producer and director Michael Ritchie had his named removed from the film's credits so as not to run into trouble from the striking writer's guild. Instead, screenwriter Mickey Rose was…

  • Welcome to Marwen

    Welcome to Marwen

    I love Zemeckis and he always impresses with his technical wizardry even when I don't love the content. A ton of jaw-dropping, "what did he do that" moments.

    This film is based on this doc:
    letterboxd.com/film/marwencol

    I'm going to check it out.

    Watched on Blu-ray screener.

  • Terror

    Terror

    Been hearing and reading a bunch about this film lately because of the Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray release. Yes, it is obviously very Suspiria influenced however it falls very short of achieving its aesthetic. It’s a fun watch because of the many head scratching moments and awkward performances.

    Reminded me that I never watched Norman J. Warren's Her Private Hell. I shall be doing that soon.

  • Ben Is Back

    Ben Is Back

    Watched on Blu-ray screener

  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are beyond fantastic. I’m a huge Laurel and Hardy fan and was reluctant to watch the film out of fear of disappointment. These incredible actors do not disappoint.

    Beautifully shot by cinematographer Laurie Rose.

    Watched on DVD screener. Looking forward to seeing it on Blu-ray at some point.

  • The Incubus

    The Incubus

    Another early 80's horror film that I knew much about because of Fangoria but never saw. Vinegar Syndrome put out a great looking Blu-ray with as good of a restoration as they could do... the negative of reel 4 is lost and they had to find a theatrical print for that section.

    Solid cast including Erin Noble (Class of 1984) and John Ireland (All the King's Men). And John Cassavetes elevates the film with a passionate performance. Oh... and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) makes a cameo.

    Disc has nice extras - interviews and commentary.

  • What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?

    What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?

    Roberto Minervini's strong follow-up to The Other Side. Like his previous film, the accessibility Minervini gains is beyond impressive. One of his subjects Judy Hill is an amazing human... struggling to make ends meet while always there for others in her community. Nice piece on her that was made for the Venice premiere:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvICoeLPSu8

    Beautifully shot by Diego Romero.

    Will be released later in 2019. I hope it is remembered during awards season next year.

    Watched on a private Vimeo link

  • The Suspicious Death of a Minor

    The Suspicious Death of a Minor

    This one is a poliziotteschi/euro comedy/giallo mash-up and it has some very impressive sequences and a great score (especially the main theme that they repeat about twenty times in the film.)

    Great sequences including a roller coaster shoot-out - never have seen that before. Also, now I'm going to get obsessed with Jenny Tamburi. Just ordered Fernando Di Leo's The Seduction because of her.

    Shot by the incredibly underrated and under-appreciated Giancarlo Ferrando. He may have shot some real schlock…

  • Maborosi

    Maborosi

    Fortunate enough to catch a 35mm print of this film at Vancity's Cinematheque.

    Amazing debut and one of Koreeda's best. Moving and engaging. And Koreeda has always been great with children.

    There are a few shots in this film that would be considered iconic if the film was more widely known - for those who have seen it, I'm referring to the reflections of the playing children in the lake, sweeping the basement stairs with the light streaming through the window and the perfectly framed shot of the funeral procession. I wish Masao Nakabori went on to shoot more.

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    Last film of 2018 for me. Fun to see a younger Willem. And my fave scene of the film was Randall Park's cameo. He always make me smile.

    Sicily scene was quite engaging. (maybe because it was one of the few scenes out of the water) James Wan is great at establishing geography for the audience. I could actually follow the action.

    Watched at Cineplex Cinemas Metropolis, Burnaby, BC in AVX 3D DOLBY ATMOS

  • Only with Your Partner

    Only with Your Partner

    I've been meaning to watch this for ages and prompted by Roma, I finally did. I feel as if it had a proper release in '91 in the US, it would have had the same impact on me as "Reservoir Dogs", "Sex, Lies and Videotape" and other very strong debuts from that era. But from what I can tell, IFC First Take was the first to release it and that was 2006... after Cuarón became known in the US.

    Needless…

  • American Passages

    American Passages

    I had never heard of Ruth Beckermann. Looking at her filmography and achievements, I can't believe I hadn't. I feel like a bad cinephile.

    But thankfully Mubi: Canada (not sure what other countries are offering these titles) is presenting a special focus on Ruth Beckermann and "American Passages" is the first title I've checked out. I quite liked it. It is an outsider's observations of the US at a very important time in history, Obama’s win. The last scene made…