Category Archives: Film Reviews

Two films worth seeing

Oh, yeah. The new Star Wars is just about out. But before leaping on board the starship Fantastic Nonsense and drowning in its swimming pool of soda pop, check out two docudramas also showing at your local film-plex. The first … Continue reading

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VIFF 2015 Reviews

8 October 2015 With these last   I am    done. 50 films reviewed below. Best So Far 45 Years Taut drama featuring two of the best actors around. The Daughter Based on the Ibsen play, The Wild Duck. Experimenter. Exam nightmares … Continue reading

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Vancouver International Film Festival: 2014 Reviews: Oct 4 Update

Updated October 4. But not fully. Some reviews are  missing, but I think I have the full list. I should count them some day soon. Below, you will see a heading “Recommended”. Under it, you will see a short list … Continue reading

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VIFF 2013: Gore Vidal; Lawrence and Holloman; Felix; A Story of Children and Film.

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (USA, 89 minutes, director Nicholas Wrathall ). Just what I thought: all you need to do is point a camera at Gore Vidal, turn it on, and wait. Vidal, America’s cold war pet … Continue reading

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Films at the Vancouver International Film Festival 2013

It’s September 23, and so far I have seen 18 films. I review them as I see them and drop each into one of four categories: “Don’t miss”, “Recommended”, “Okay as a time filler”, and “Avoid at all costs”. Categories … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Late Quartet

Disclaimer: I approached this film with prejudice. Several things shine in my life: I love chamber music; I think Philip Seymour Hoffman is the best actor around; Katherine Keener is hot; and I am starved for realistic drama. So when … Continue reading

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Film Review: Silver Linings Playbook

It is a complete mystery to me that this film earned a nomination for best picture. Not that there’s nothing good I can say about it: the acting is competent, the characters original and the photography and direction okay. But … Continue reading

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