Monthly Archives: September 2011

VIFF 2011 Reviews: You’ve Been Trumped, One Lucky Elephant, The Girls in the Band

Three documentaries today. Docs are a hit and  miss affair. Some, like Cat Dancers two years ago, are memorable; but it takes a gripping subject and a talented director to make such a film. The three films today appeal not … Continue reading

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What kind of cancer is the most common cause of death among women?

If you said breast cancer, you are wrong. In Canada, breast cancer accounts for the deaths of about 5100 women (and 55 men) annually. Lung cancer kills 9300. So why does breast cancer get all the publicity and mounds of … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Rolf Harris Paints his Dream, Play, No One Killed Jessica

Rolf Harris Paints his Dream. UK, 89 min. Because I liked director Vikram Jayanti’s previous film, The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector, and because Rolf Harris regularly blew through Vancouver in the 1960s, I was expecting great things here … Continue reading

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VIFF Reviews: The Sandman, The Singing City, Honey Pupu

The Sandman. Switzerland, 88 min. Looking for symbolism, teenage angst, high tech fantasy sequences? Not in this quirky comedy about a clerk in a philately shop who dreams of conducting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Benno’s musical fantasies, however, are routinely sabotaged … Continue reading

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VIFF Reviews: The Prize, Taste the Waste, Dendera

Three more films from the Vancouver International Film Festival The Prize (Der Preis). Germany, 83 min. A young architect returns to his East German hometown to supervise the renovation of the communist era housing project in which he grew up. … Continue reading

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Vancouver International Film Festival: Reviews 1-3

The media screenings for VIFF kicked off today with three flicks at the luxurious Vancity theatre. Maribeth and I sank $325 each on passes that get us into any screening of the 350+ films shown  during the three-week (September 29-October … Continue reading

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Honk if You Hate Heat. At Last — the End of Summer

Monday, 12 September 2011 Ugh. For the last week the mid-day temperatures in Vancouver have sullenly stuck in the mid-twenties. (Celsius, of course.) Fine weather for babbling radio announcers, but too grim for most of us west coasters. Oh, I … Continue reading

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