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  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    ★★★★½

    There is a scene in this film, a background scene, that completely encapsulated the film for me.

    It is a scene of two shopkeepers judiciously sweeping the bits of sidewalk and road immediately in front of their place of business. In between the two sweepers lies a huge mound of sand.

    No matter how many times they sweep, within minutes any trace of their work will have disappeared.
    It will have made no difference.
    They keep sweeping.

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan…

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★★


    I heard people talk about immortality,
    but I ain't seen it.
    l wondered how it'd be when l died.
    What it'd be like to know that this breath now
    was the last one you was ever gonna draw.
    l just hope l can meet it the same way she did.
    With the same... calm.
    Cos that's where it's hidden -
    the immortality l hadn't seen.

    What's it like to be lying in the middle of an unfamiliar jungle with birds…

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  • Cake

    Cake

    ★★★★

    Lovely short.
    At first I thought it was going to be a bit full of itself, given the cinematography and set, which had that artsy staged look. But then the characters took over and it was wonderful. It's a bit fast, and I can think of a whole lot of other options, but we have to assume they've been at it for so long that they know best.

    Watch it here on youtube. It's only 6 minutes.

  • Amélie

    Amélie

    ★★★

    Funny thing about this film.
    I saw it decades apart, and came to the exact same conclusion.
    What are the odds.

    Fabulous beginning, charming and whimsical. Casting Audrey Tautou is the best decision of the decade.
    Then the film loses steam. By a lot. The vignettes get repetitive. Then Amelie herself gets repetitive: will she finally meet the boy? No, no and no, and it's no for way more than I am willing to sit through.

    But here's the thing.…

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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

    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…