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  • Porcupine Lake

    Porcupine Lake

    TIFF 2017 - Film #16 - Canada

    I blame TIFF.
    I think it has been around so long that it owes favours. It feels it has to show films by certain directors or certain producers, and when it comes to Canadian films, it thinks that it has to show films by those people they know or have promoted. Or maybe there is such a dearth of English Canadian films that they have to show films no matter how terrible. Maybe…

  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour

    ★★★½

    TIFF 2017 - Film #13

    Well done. Darkest Hour is an elevated biopic of the first couple of weeks after Churchill takes over from Chamberlain. War is imminent. France and Belgium have fallen to the Nazis. Then entire British Army is in Calais and Dunkirk with no way out. The British have next to no planes and I don't recall why their navy ships aren't in commission but they seem to be next to useless. The US will not help.…

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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…