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  • The Roe's Room

    The Roe's Room


    March Around the World 2017 - Poland

    Imagine that you are in an art gallery, the portrait section. The portrait section where all the works are painted by the same artist. They have a similar look, all muted and dark with Rembrandt lighting and shadows. The same characters appear in all the paintings. When you look from left to right you see a faint hint of progression, as though time flies by between the paintings. The Roe's Room captures what…

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women


    I regret not writing a review for this after seeing it last month. I wish I had written down what elicited the various responses it got from me. Initially I loved the film, then it bugged me, then it got me seriously mad, then I liked it again, albeit reservedly. I do remember two things.

    The first is the scene where Annette Bening's grandson is reading feminism to her. I adore that scene. I felt for him, feeling proud to…

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  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook


    My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?

    The film I saw was bland and boring. I…

  • Boyhood



    It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for…