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  • La Région Centrale
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  • Patterns

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  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    Tonight's screening marked my return to The Cinematheque in my hometown of Vancouver, after an absence of... well, too damn long. It was a wonderful experience, and I'm glad the theatre marked its emergence from the pandemic miasma with this and two other firmly canonized works.

    I don't know how much I can add to what others have written about Tokyo Story; it's the most acclaimed film by one of the most acclaimed directors in cinema history, and, whether or…

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    One of the worst horror films I've ever seen. Visually, it's lumbering and opportunistic; the director stumbles from understated presentation to moments of harsh graphic distortion with no sense of rhythm whatsoever. This aesthetic of awkward lurches is there in the storytelling, too: think of the moment when the hero is questioning a teenage girl in his car, and somehow fails to notice that a handful of her friends have begun to sit in meditation poses (!) right near where…

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    Here's a film that, for me, is as fun to talk around as it is to talk about. While watching, and enjoying, it I kept thinking about how so much value in cinephilic discourse is placed on the foregrounding of artifice. Classical Hollywood is loved for its lack of realism, and for the way standardized production served to throw personal style into relief; and with nearly every major auteur besides, what's admired is heavy formal intervention. What we cinephiles seem…

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    I first saw this during its theatrical run--on my birthday, if I remember right--and today I feel the same way about it as I did then, a lifetime ago. That's rare for me: I've been through so many phases as a cinephile, each one involving much rethinking and visceral rewiring, that very few movies carry the feel of my first viewing of them.

    I imagine that every serious, active, critical movie lover has films that they cherish without ignoring their…