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  • My Winnipeg
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Memento
  • Crimes of the Future

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  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

    ★★★★

  • TÁR

    ★★★★

  • Rhymes for Young Ghouls

    ★★★½

  • The Colony

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  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★★

    Saw this in theatres two nights in a row and I think I'm finally ready to *actually* write something about it. In short, Crimes of the Future is perfect from the first shot to the last. Literally. I'm still in awe about just how cohesive the first and final shots are: we begin with a casual acceptance of the world in spoil due to our actions (and our technologies) and we end on the fearful realization that our bodies, without…

  • Final Destination

    Final Destination

    ★★★½

    There’s something that feels irreplicable about the horror movies of the late ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s. The birth of the found-footage flick; the naissance of iconic boogeymen like Freddie, Pinhead, Jason, and Ghostface; the cementing of tropes like death by sex and the final girl as integral to the genre, for better or worse.

    Today's horror is much more meditative, allegorical, and introspective. And while there are several explanations for a shift from ostentatious gore seen in movies…

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  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

    All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

    ★★★★

    To live in a city is to encounter countless streets, institutions and buildings named after founding figures or generous donors. Museums, galleries and hospital wards are named after donors—as are public parks and orchestra halls. Their names make up the mythos of the city; referencing army generals, philosophers and philanthropists, who, whether intentionally or by chance, made the city what it is. In Toronto, for instance, there are three streets named after John Graves Simcoe, the first lieutenant governor of…

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★

    A tapestry of power, fame, and womanhood, creating a powerful mosaic about the value of art and its relationship to its creator. With a handful more comedic sequences, Tar could reach Succession levels of satire; with a handful more orchestra sequences, it could reach Whiplash levels of musicality, but Todd Field is restrained in everything but direction. For what is left out in the lack of grandiose symphonic sequences or intricate gags (the furthest we get is the "I am…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Yes I did cry ... that finale MAN. I have placed all of my hopes and dreams for the future of cinema in Damien Chazelle's hands and, I'll be honest, I am completely relaxed and at peace. This man understands cinema - he understands art AND music.

    Whiplash was my second favourite movie of 2014 (after Nightcrawler) and so I was extremely excited to see La La Land. From the VERY first moment, this film captivates you, drawing you into…

  • Watcher

    Watcher

    ★★★★

    Sundance Film Festival 2022 Film 3

    Now we're talking! Everything about Watcher worked SO well for me. It's slow and quiet to begin but not at all boring. The subway scene near the end is so effortlessly bone-chilling it's almost offensive; directors have spent their entire careers trying to think up ways of making our spines tingle only for Chloe Okuno to master it on her first go. There's also a lot to be said about the decision to not offer Romanian translation. A must-watch.