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  • The Concert

    The Concert

    ★★★½

    This may have looked strange and avant-garde to the 1960s audience but surely it isn't strange today: 'today' being a world in which Don Hertzfeldt exists. Perhaps less about a concert than a couple (or perhaps the concert is exactly right), the 6 minute film was full of small surprises. I was quite fond of the animation style, and while not quite stick figures à la Don, everything on the screen was minimalist and essential. What really got me was how each character and each prop got its turn to shine. That impressed me quite a bit.

  • The Long, Long Trailer

    The Long, Long Trailer

    ★★½

    It is one of those films that could show up on your tv on Saturday mornings along with Abbot & Costello, Vincent Price, or Andy Hardy - cute, inoffensive, slightly funny and kind of corny.

    Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball are good, indeed they are very good in spots, and even though the film really milks the jokes about pulling a really big trailer behind a car it was surprisingly entertaining for its duration.

    It lacks pizazz, of course, but it is a safe no-brainer for when you really really want to veg.

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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…