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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★★

    Why is it only in hindsight, that we can see how much we all suffered growing up?  The Eighth Grade was actually one of my better years, but, the worst was on the horizon.  Constant feelings of nervousness as described by Kayla were surely the norm for most of us, in those developing years.  The fact that kids today have no real escape from it, and we all volunteer to suffer social media’s relentless assault on our self worth, is…

  • The Cakemaker

    The Cakemaker

    ★★★★★

    It’s become a tradition that my husband and I seek out a film to see while visiting NYC, that is not available at home in Toronto.  This vacation our search for an indie film lead us to The Cakemaker.  With many elements that I really appreciate in it.  The Cakemaker is a film I’m going to remember viewing fondly.  We had a great discussion of it after the screening.  Illuminating the depth of ideas and emotions the film was bringing out.  While the emotions of the grief felt by the two protagonists lingered because of the masterful way they silently conveyed it.

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  • It's Only the End of the World

    It's Only the End of the World

    ★★★★★

    Apparently this film is very polarizing.  I find that really surprising.  I would think most people have had something difficult to say to their family before.  Maybe it's rarer than I think.  I know anyone whose spent time in the closet has shared this sensation.  When you have every intention to finally say what you need to say, but you still wait for the perfect moment.  Many times the moment never comes.  Then someone sees right through you.  In this…

  • Like Father, Like Son

    Like Father, Like Son

    ★★★★★

    Kore-Eda uses his uncanny ability to direct children to examine fatherhood. The outcome is stunning, when parents discover they are raising the wrong child, switched at birth by hospital staff. The emotional struggle to compartmentalize feelings to store them away and re-build the father son relationship confounds the heart and mind alike.