Category Archives: VIFF

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: Desert Runners; Salmon Confidential; On the Edge of the World

Desert Runners(91 minutes, USA,   director Jennifer Steinman). There is a scene in this relentlessly strenuous documentary that sums up the vitality and spirit of its subjects. It will take some time, so bear with me while I set it up. … Continue reading

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VIFF 2013: Money for Nothing; Oil Sands Karaoke; The Future

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (103 minutes, USA, Director Jim Bruce) . This film attempts to look into the minds of the lunatics who took turns running the asylum. The asylum in this case being the United States … 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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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 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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