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  • Starred Up

    Starred Up

    ★★★★

    So incredibly captivating.

    We follow young Eric Love as he enters an adult prison (the title means going from juvenile prison to adult prison early). The standard prison story themes apply: negotiating one's path through the various groups in prison, those that mean you harm and those that try to help. The film manages to display these groups in an original form by letting the viewer discover what's what through Eric's eyes. We aren't always sure what is going on…

  • Suleiman Mountain

    Suleiman Mountain

    ★★★

    There's a lot going on this film. It looks at the relationship between a woman and her newly found son (who may or may not be her son), and their relationship with the father who is taking a 2nd (younger) wife.

    Wife No. 1 is a shaman, wife No. 2 is pregnant and jealous of the position in the trio of wife No. 1 (no doubt because she 'gave him a son'). The lot of them are grifters, and the…

  • What's Up, Doc?

    What's Up, Doc?

    ★★★★★

    What a fantastic ride. I love everything about this screwball.

  • Daisies

    Daisies

    ★★

    I know there's a political statement in here but watching 2 girls be all cutesy and oh aren't I just adorable and oh look at dat over dere and food fight! made me look over at my husband who was watching it for the 2nd time with a huge smile on his face and I wanted to start my own food fight by throwing my burger at him while saying 'oh aren't I just so cute'.

    2 stars because at some point after the first 30 minutes I was a bit mesmerized by it.

  • Wet Season

    Wet Season

    ★★½

    Sorry to say that the director of the the great Ilo Ilo was not able to reproduce that film's success. Wet Season is just ok, and way too predictable. For such a nicely slow-paced character study it turns into a bit of a mess when it focuses on the plot, and the neat tying of all the threads is both predictable and disappointing.

  • The Perfect Candidate

    The Perfect Candidate

    ★★

    Tiff 2019

    I am glad that A Perfect Candidate was made, because it does put on display some of the issues women face in Saudi Arabia. But I can only assume it is a government sanctioned/approved film which means it isn't going to dig very deep when displaying discrimination, and it will probably have to emphasize some of the 'progress' being made. For instance our main character is a medical doctor, she drives a car, at one point she shows…

  • The Color Out of Space

    The Color Out of Space

    ★★

    With a Nicolas Cage film of the same title opening at TIFF next month I thought it might be a good idea to watch this documentary first.

    The doc is about a particularly large meteorite that fell in Argentina a while back. I can only say a while back because it wasn't clear whether it was thousands of years or hundreds or decades ago.

    The filmmaker made an interesting choice in starting the film with the perspective of the indigenous…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★½

    A few funny bits, great scenery of Paris, some very trite dialogue and a somewhat twisty yet tedious plot. Films like this make me wish I had re-watched Die Hard instead.

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★

    It was ok. Not as good as the first one, but still an entertaining jaunt.

  • What They Had

    What They Had

    ★★★

    Saw it on a plane, so couldn't get totally immersed in it.
    It seemed overly familiar, probably because I've seen quite a few (better) films about Alzheimer's. But Michael Shannon and Hilary Swank drew me in and kept me there. Those are two mighty fine actors. Mighty fine indeed. The film is less about Alzheimer's and more about how adult children have to deal with the question of if and when to put a parent into a specialized home.

    Now…

  • The Teacher

    The Teacher

    ★★★½

    I love it when someone is able to find the perfect way to tell a larger story, in this case, the larger story is that of corruption, how and why it starts, how easy it is to succumb to its trappings, and how effortless it can be to manipulate and take hold.

    Jan Hrebejk again joins forces with Petr Jarchovský, the writer of Divided We Fall, for this tale that focuses on the powers of a teacher on both her…

  • Diary of a Country Priest

    Diary of a Country Priest

    March Around the World 2019 - France

    Well I for one see nothing redeeming in this film. Nothing. Nothing struck me, no idea came to me, nothing made me feel anything other than tired. In fact, I fell asleep a few times (although my husband kept saying I had missed nothing at all when I asked).

    It truly is the "diary" of a country priest. The narration is read like a prayer: monotonous, as though someone were reading Thy Father…