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  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    ★★★★½

    There is a scene in this film, a background scene, that completely encapsulates the film for me.

    It is a scene of two shopkeepers judiciously sweeping the bits of sidewalk and road immediately in front of their place of business. In between the two sweepers lies a huge mound of sand.

    No matter how many times they sweep, within minutes any trace of their work will have disappeared.
    It will have made no difference.
    They keep sweeping.

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan…

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★★


    I heard people talk about immortality,
    but I ain't seen it.
    l wondered how it'd be when l died.
    What it'd be like to know that this breath now
    was the last one you was ever gonna draw.
    l just hope l can meet it the same way she did.
    With the same... calm.
    Cos that's where it's hidden -
    the immortality l hadn't seen.

    What's it like to be lying in the middle of an unfamiliar jungle with birds…

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  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★

    I think this is probably my 4th rewatch (it is one of my husband's favourite films, so... sigh) and I can't really say it gets better, but as they say in French, le mal change de place. The Island segment used to drive me batty and this time I didn't hate it as much. Having said that, this time around Meg Ryan's first two characters annoyed the living daylights out of me. Goodness she was awful with the mangled fake…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Just some notes about this viewing...

    The film seemed disjointed this time around. Probably because I was seeing it with fresh eyes because a friend was watching it with me and it was her first time. I kept thinking that she wouldn't be able to follow, because the cuts were quick in some places, going from one location to another, one context to another, and if you hadn't focused on the décor of a certain room in previous shots you…

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  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★½

    Dogtooth is disturbing. It creeps into your psyche and stays there for days. It plays like an absurdist comedy at first but quickly shows its true colours. It is a gripping, compelling, shocking and extremely sad story of three nameless nearly adult children who live in a world created exclusively by their parents.

    By "nameless" I don't mean that we are never told their names; I mean they have no names. The implications of this are enormous (take a minute…

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★

    My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?

    The film I saw was bland and boring. I…