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  • Eve and the Fire Horse

    Eve and the Fire Horse

    Apparently 2005 was a banner year for Canadian films about kids struggling with difference and religion - Jean-Marc Vallee’s C.R.A.Z.Y also came out that year. The child actresses are pretty great and Eve’s imaginative POV leads to a lovely sense of magical realism. The production design is stellar - clothes, furnishing, cars all on point. The story is a bit on the slow side, but the look of the film and the focus pulling of the young actressses help.

  • Finding Mr. Right

    Finding Mr. Right

    Chinese take on Sleepless in Seattle - complete with birth tourism! Wen Jiajia is an awful person at the beginning of this film and it’s hard to figure out why we should care about her - her subsequently revealed hardships don’t really justify her poor treatment of others. But then she is redeemed by love with a milktoast single father so it’s all ok! ;) What I loved about this film was that it hardly bothers to mask Vancouver locations…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    A comic book movie that raises some serious political questions about the obligations of rich, technologically more advanced countries to the rest of the world? You don’t expect to have to unpack a Marvel movie, but then again, this is a Ryan Coogler Marvel movie. He manages to bring commentary on colonialism, slavery, over-incarceration of African-Americans, and the relationship between Africans and the African diaspora into a tent pole blockbuster. Whether the film’s resolution of these issues is satisfying is…

  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    Haters back off. I am here for an entertaining sci fi starring Gugu Mbatha Raw, with a multicultural cast, Zhang Ziyi speaking Mandarin in an American production and the rest of the cast responding in kind, and Chris O’Dowd being Chris O’Dowd. This was a fun watch. A solid space drama with some good comedic and horror elements. Keep producing Cloverfield movies, JJ. I’ll keep watching them.