• A Perfectly Normal Family

    A Perfectly Normal Family

    ★★★½

    March Around the World - Film 1 - Denmark

    I love that this story was told from the youngest daughter's perspective, not only because it is an original point of view on the topic, but also because it provides for an interesting way to raise questions and explore the challenges faced by family members and other loved ones.

    The director had some lovely ways of displaying the point of view. In particular, the scene at a family therapy session where…

  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★

    I think this is probably my 4th rewatch (it is one of my husband's favourite films, so... sigh) and I can't really say it gets better, but as they say in French, le mal change de place. The Island segment used to drive me batty and this time I didn't hate it as much. Having said that, this time around Meg Ryan's first two characters annoyed the living daylights out of me. Goodness she was awful with the mangled fake…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Just some notes about this viewing...

    The film seemed disjointed this time around. Probably because I was seeing it with fresh eyes because a friend was watching it with me and it was her first time. I kept thinking that she wouldn't be able to follow, because the cuts were quick in some places, going from one location to another, one context to another, and if you hadn't focused on the décor of a certain room in previous shots you…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★

    One of the first shots shows a skeleton.

    What if that was a human skeleton?


    taking part in Hal's Birthday

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★½

    This time we watched it with our friend Allyson. It is significant because she only does talking animal movies. The warm and fuzzy movies. So of course we told her that this was a good Christmas movie. Ha!

    "Oh my God, that was SO violent!" "You guys are crazy!"
    I'm pretty sure she'll be up all night.
    Might still be up on Christmas day.

    No doubt our best viewing yet ;-)

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★

    Oh boy. It is exactly as I thought it would be. I had the entire film in my head when I read the description but I thought Vinterberg and Mads could do something with it. I was wrong.

    You don't have to see the film. You know the story. I mean, a film about 4 men who decide to drink everyday during the day while at work. Where can the story go? You know exactly where. I mean if there…

  • Reservoir

    Reservoir

    ★★★★

    This one hit home. I, too, was going to go to my dad's cabin on a lake in Northern Ontario to scatter his ashes. His cabin is also boat access only, and on a very large lake. I'm not sure where they shot the film, but pretty much all lakes look the same in Northern Ontario and Northern Quebec. And so do fishing/hunting cabins, for that matter. Good luck to these guys trying to find it!

    Long preamble to say…

  • Bandar Band

    Bandar Band

    ★★★½

    I'm not the biggest fan of road-trip movies but I loved this one. It was so simple, yet beautifully poignant. The lengths at which they will go to get to Tehran in time for a concert that could change their lives is just amazing. I, for one, will never again complain of potholes on our Canadian roads.

    But of course it is about much more than that. They are imagining a brighter future, a new life, a world without all…

  • Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    ★★★★

    Captivating, engaging, with just enough suspense to keep you wondering what is really going on. And when it is over, you can take it as it is, or you can wonder if perhaps something else was going on throughout the entire film. A great first feature and I'll definitely be seeing writer/director Lili Horváth's next film.

  • Limbo

    Limbo

    ★★★½

    Ah, Limbo. The film I was most excited about. A refugee compound in the middle of nowhere in Northern Scotland. A comedy.

    It was charming, and it was funny, although that was mostly due to one of the characters displaying great exuberance for all things. I expected more of the comedy to be situational. The reason it doesn't quite hit the gem status for me is that there were just a few too many long silent shots of the landscape.…

  • 40 Years a Prisoner

    40 Years a Prisoner

    ★★★½

    This doc was informative as I had never heard of the MOVE group. I say 'group' because I'm not sure if it was a 'cult' of sorts, and it wasn't large enough to count as a 'movement'. The most interesting part for me was the reasoning of the judge for his final decision. I would definitely like to get my mittens on that decision to read it through because I can't even begin to imagine the reasons one could give to support the conclusion.

  • The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel

    The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel

    ★★★

    I haven't seen the original The Corporation in decades, but I get the feeling this one is pretty much more of the same with a special focus on how large corporations are getting a bit wiser to the issues the public cares about, so they hire even bigger PR firms and spout messages about how they are the good guys now because they care about the environment and climate change and [enter any other cause]. Basically they still think we brainless thoughtless spending-machines and they want our dollars.