15 September 2017

TIFF 2017: A Chilling Horror – Verónica

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As a long-time Midnight Madness viewer at TIFF, I’m always surprised to find a horror film screening in the main festival (under Contemporary World Cinema) but given the tremendous cinematography …

25 November 2016

Must-See: The Handmaiden

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The Handmaiden is a tautly executed new thriller from Park Chan-wook.* Set in Japanese-occupied Korea, it tells the story of Sook-hee, a young woman who is hired to serve Lady …

08 March 2015

My Cinematic 2014: 11-30

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For the past two years, I’ve been ranking every film I see- just the new releases, from January 1st to December 31st. The rankings are subjective, based entirely on how …

03 April 2014

My Cinematic 2013: Part VIII

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I saw 90 movies in 2013 (or shortly thereafter, if we’re being honest- I don’t know how anyone is expected to see all the Christmas releases in one week!). 90 …

14 March 2014

Anime Art – From Up On Poppy Hill

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Studio Ghibli is probably the only anime studio that is consistently adored in the West by both its fan base and the critics. It’s one of the few anime studios …

24 August 2013

I’m So Excited!: Almodovar’s Trip to Self-Indulgence

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The Spanish phenomena in filmmaking, Pedro Almodovar, who has received a worldwide recognition for his string of masterpieces: All About My Mother (1999), Talk to Her (2002), Volver (2006), Broken …

29 May 2013

The Last Act: Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse

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One of the most respected figures in world cinema today, Hungarian film auteur Bela Tarr- known for his distinctive highly stylized black and white long takes, apocalyptic stories and melancholic …

06 May 2013

Michael Haneke’s Amour

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Take a box of tissues and leave your grandparents at home, Michael Haneke is in town! The Austrian writer/director who brought us The Piano Teacher (2001), Cache (2005), and the …

07 March 2013

Giorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth

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Who knew Greeks can make great cinema? A country famous for its extra virgin olive oil export and hardly any traditions or structure for filmmaking, stunned audiences around the globe …

12 January 2013

Kelly’s Top 15 Films of 2012: Part II (#6-10)

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If you haven’t read Part I of this over-written countdown, you should go do that now (I worked hard on these!). I’ll wait…. … … … … … Are you …

04 May 2012

From Norway: Headhunters

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While American politicians abjectly deride the Scandinavians for being ‘pinko commies’, Hollywood has been taking notice of their considerable cinematic talent, finding every opportunity to import some of their best …

30 March 2012

Battle Royale; Cult Film Royalty

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Here’s a well-known traditional Japanese proverb: “the world sucks”. Filled with deception, greed, and amoral opportunism, honesty and trust have become nothing more than archaic misnomers and fantastical abstractions for …

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