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  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks


    [Everything up to the end of Season 2]

  • Luk'Luk'I



    From my report on VIFF 2017's BC Spotlight competition (

    Personal stories are the province of the emerging filmmaker and every year the BC Spotlight competition at VIFF is filled with a fresh batch of intimate debuts. This iteration is no exception, but this year the new arrivals have landed within a climate that has shifted somewhat. Earlier this year, TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey penned an op ed in The Globe and Mail bemoaning a certain tendency among Canadian…

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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups


    So simple, and yet it almost totally eluded me on last viewing: Malick's main musical motifs here - Grieg's "Ases dod," Kilar's "Exodus," Part's "Silouan's Song" and Vaughn Williams' "Fantasia" - all naturally build to ecstatic resolutions through repetition and release; undulating waves of emotion that emerge not so much as a climaxes but as walls of sheer catharsis. Encountering each of these pieces in the context of a late Malick work invites eager anticipation - who couldn't after the…

  • Godzilla



    An experience of abject terror; almost certainly the most horrifying blockbuster since Spielberg's WAR OF THE WORLDS (with none too few Spielbergian touches here, too, spiced quite well). Clunky story and character elements abound but matter little, so thoroughly does Edwards succeed in grounding the mayhem, always glimpsed from afar through human eyes. Even the anonymous "star" casting of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (surrounded by a who's who of character actors) works in subversive fashion against his own script's Hero's Journey, opposed…