Monthly Archives: September 2011

VIFF 2011 Reviews: Here I Am; Family Portrait in Black and White; Andew Bird, Fever Year.

These are the last of the media screenings for the Vancouver International Film Festival, which opens today (Thursday, 29 September) and runs to October 14. In the past three weeks I have commented on 35 of the more than 300 … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Inside Lara Roxx; Wind and Fog; Journey on the Wild Coast

Inside Lara Roxx. Canada, 78 min. So, imagine that you are a drug-addled young woman looking for something to do with your life. What’s it to be? (a) Clean up and go to college? (b) Clean up and get a … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Surviving Progress; Waking the Green Tiger; West Wind, the Vision of Tom Thomson. (2)

Monday 26 September Documentaries at film festivals tend to focus on a limited set of topics: society, the environment and artists. Happily for Canadian film makers, these are meat and poutine to Canadian audiences. Unhappily for transplanted Brits like me, … Continue reading

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How science works: the case of the faster-than-light neutrinos.

The claim by a group of Italian scientists that they have observed faster-than-light travel promises to be the opening act of a dramatic illustration of the way science works. To understand the plot, you need a little physics. Early last … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Crime after Crime; Patang; Letters from the Big Man.

And the winner today is . . . Crime after Crime. USA 92 min. A nightmare of a gift for director Yoav Potash, who starts out naively following the efforts of two lawyers out to secure the release of a … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Por el Camino; Roadie; Granito.

Reviews of films 20 to 22. The previews — open to pass holders — winnow the choices, making it just a little easier to decide what I am going to see when the festival officially opens in a week. Por … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Grandma, a Thousand Times; Sunflower Hour; The Jewel; People of a Feather

Four films in the VIFF previews on Wednesday, September 21. I’m starting to wonder if I can keep this up. Grandma, a Thousand Times. UAE/Qatar/Lebanon, 48 min. Director Mahmoud Kaabour aims the camera at his grandmother and lets her talk. … Continue reading

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