Monthly Archives: October 2012

VIFF Film Reviews: The Iran Job; In Search of Hayden.

Three more days to go. The Iran Job. (Documentary, 93 minutes, USA/Germany/Iran, director Til Schauder). When high school basketball star Kevin Sheppard fails to make a National Basketball Association team, he gets a job playing with a fledgling team in … Continue reading

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Rain, at last

Radio announcers faced with the challenge of reporting the weather seem unable to get beyond the simplistic paradigm “Hot and dry, good; rain, bad.” There must be a whole class on that in radio-announcer school. Well, here’s the news, Mr … Continue reading

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VIFF 2012, Day 12: The best and the worst so far

The best and the worst so far Updated: 8 October 2012 Seen so far: 47¬† films in 45 screenings. Two films, Hebreo and Karajan – The Second Life, were shown as one screening; same goes for Rushdie and Frankenstein. One … Continue reading

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VIFF Film Reviews: Renoir; Amour.

Two more from the Vancouver International Film Festival, one pretty, the other profound. Renoir (Drama, 111 minutes, France, director Gilles Bourdos). As the First World War rages, the aged and arthritic Pierre-Auguste Renoir fills his dotage with painting pretty women … Continue reading

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VIFF Film Reviews: Rose; The Unlikely Girl; Grabbers; I, Anna.

Rose (Drama, Poland, 94 minutes, director Wojtek Smarzowski). This one will tweak your anger meter. It’s 1944 and the German army retreats from Poland, leaving a trail of rape and murder behind them. This gives native Poles a chance to … Continue reading

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VIFF Film Review: A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

October 7. Just one review today. A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. (Animation, UK, 85 minutes, directors Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlett). Two warnings. First, if you don’t know who Graham Chapman was, … Continue reading

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VIFF Film Reviews: No; Paradise; We’re Not Broke; Virgin Tales; Salman Rusdie: Imagining India; Frankenstein: a Modern Myth..

October 5. More films from the Vancouver International Film Fest. No. (Drama, Chile/USA/France, 117 minutes, director Pablo Larrain). Gael Garcia¬† Bernal plays a creative advertising executive who joins the 1988 “No” campaign to oust the murderous Chilean president Augusto Pinochet, … Continue reading

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