My Favourite Harry Dean Stanton Performances

Posted by Matthew on September 20, 2017
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A few days ago the world got a little dimmer. Harry Dean Stanton passed away at the age of 91. Celebrity deaths don’t generally hit me that hard but this one did. Stanton is the kind of actor that elevated every project he was a part of, whether he was in a lead role or a quick cameo. Roger Ebert once said that any movie with Harry Dean Stanton in a supporting role couldn’t be all bad and for my money that is a true statement.

He has one film left to come out, this years Lucky (pictured above). I’m looking forward to seeing *Lucky at VIFF next week and it is one of the films I’ve been anticipating most. I imagine now, as the last performance of a legend, it may take on a bittersweet quality.

Stanton has left a staggering filmography and each entry has a notable performance. Here now I’d like to share with you my favourite three by way of tribute to his amazing career.

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‘Dunkirk’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s best film to date

Posted by Matthew on July 24, 2017
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Dunkirk

It has been three days since I saw Dunkirk and I cannot stop thinking about it. That alone should be enough to tell you that the movie is great and that you should see it, so if an affirmation that it is worth seeing is what you are looking for you can stop reading now. Let me say this clearly and concisely right up front: Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s best film to date and you should absolutely seek it out on the biggest screen you can find.

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Review: Baby Driver

Posted by Simon on July 05, 2017
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I sometimes find the music in films almost manipulative. You watch something big and brash, like a Transformers or Avengers, and the aural aim is clear: use the score to generate the required emotional response from the audience. Here’s the hero, BAM BAM BAAAAM. Moment of loss; strings in a minor key. Racing through a jungle, peppering Colombian foliage with bullets? Have some dubstep to pass the time. What stands out for me more these days are films where the music is part of the story, instead of merely underpinning the action. Inception’s slowed-down Non, Je ne regrette rien; Fury Road’s war drums; Tarantino’s torture music. It’s an elevation of the material, a move that takes it to a whole level of blissful enjoyment.

But even the creative musicality of these great films cannot eclipse the groove of Baby Driver. Edgar Wright’s crime story is choreographed like a ballet, where every movement, spin and gunshot is rooted in the music blasting out, and the effect is somewhere approaching pure magic.

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The Love, Pace, and Patience of Wonder Woman

Posted by Simon on June 29, 2017
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Not what you expected and better than you could have ever hoped, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot save DC’s world.

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‘Okja’ Trailer + Posters: A girl and her giant mutant pig

Posted by Matthew on June 22, 2017
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A story about a girl and her giant pig friend from the director of Snowpiercer. Where do I sign?

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Daniel Day-Lewis to retire from Acting. No, really.

Posted by Matthew on June 21, 2017
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The three time best actor winner has one more film coming out this winter and then he’s apparently taking off for good.

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Latest ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ posters don’t suck!

Posted by Matthew on June 21, 2017
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Also, did you know Iron Man is in this movie? Iron Man is in this movie. Let’s take a look!

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Not Awesome: Phil Lord & Chris Miller at off the ‘Young Han Solo’ movie

Posted by Matthew on June 20, 2017
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Well, there go my hopes for the future of Star Wars.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ to premiere September 24th

Posted by Matthew on June 19, 2017
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Good news everyone! We finally know when Star Trek will be back on TV!

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‘Seven Sisters’ trailer + posters: Noomi Rapace plays a whole family

Posted by Matthew on June 16, 2017
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It’s the near future and because overpopulation has started to triple the planet the government has outlawed having siblings. And by “outlawed” I mean to say “they’ll maybe kill your extra kids”. This poses a problem for Willem Dafoe when his septuplet granddaughters are born. Let’s take a look.

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Check out the ‘Baby Driver’ character posters

Posted by Matthew on June 16, 2017
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Every movie gets character posters now, why should Baby Driver –a movie reportedly filled with characters– be any different?

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‘Flatliners’ trailer + poster: Ellen Page explores the Afterlife

Posted by Matthew on June 15, 2017
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Remember the early 90s Joel Schumacher directed thriller Flatliners, in which a group of young up-and-coming actors played a group of medical students who killed themselves to explore the afterlife? Well, it’s the late twenty-teens now so that means it’s due for an update.

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‘The Trip to Spain’ trailer: I hope they make these movies forever

Posted by Matthew on June 15, 2017
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Seriously. I hope Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon do a new one of these movies at the same rate until forever. It would make me happy.

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The new ‘Spider-Man’ game looks kinda great

Posted by Matthew on June 14, 2017
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I’m tentatively excited about a game. That hasn’t happened in a while. Let’s take a look.

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Good news everyone! Michelle Monaghan is back for ‘Mission Impossible 6’

Posted by Matthew on June 14, 2017
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Remember when Ethan Hunt got married? Well apparently the people behind the Mission: Impossible franchise do too!

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