VIFF Review: ‘Meditation Park’ is just lovely

Posted by Matthew on October 01, 2017
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Director Mina Shum is back, people. Meditation Park is the latest film from the Vancouver director and the latest to explore the immigrant experience with a woman finding empowerment. You know what? It’s a damn delight, too.

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FIFA 18 on Switch is a Revelation

Posted by Simon on September 30, 2017
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The first complete, portable football game that gives an almost perfect experience – just as long as you don’t want to play online with friends.

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VIFF Review: ‘Breathe’; Andrew Garfield & Claire Foy are great in this OK film.

Posted by Matthew on September 30, 2017
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Andrew Garfield has a marvellous gift: when he smiles he does so with his entire face, including his eyes. This may sound like a weird thing to start a review with but when you’re talking about a film where he has to lay completely motionless save for his face it kind of becomes a big deal.

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Butcher on Switch is Psycho Lemmings

Posted by Simon on September 29, 2017
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What is this? DOOM for ants?

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VIFF Review: ‘Thelma’ and the existential dilemma that is becoming yourself

Posted by Matthew on September 29, 2017
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Thelma begins with two things. First, a warning that if you have epilepsy the movie might set it off and second, a father and his young daughter walking in the woods, hunting. The girl sees a deer and inches forward, transfixed. The father readies his gun and aims at the deer and then slowly changes his aim to the back of his little girls head. He doesn’t pull the trigger it’s clear from the get go that he desperately wants to. Then the movie starts to get interesting.

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VIFF Review: ‘Lucky’ is the perfect swan song for Harry Dean Stanton

Posted by Matthew on September 29, 2017
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A man lives alone in a small house in town so small you’d probably miss it if you blinked driving down the highway. He’s never been married, he has no kids. He starts each day with a cigarette, a vigorous yoga routine in his underwear, and the walk into town to do his morning crossword and see his friends.

I’m sure this wasn’t exactly Harry Dean Stanton’s real life but Lucky is clearly a movie about Harry Dean Stanton.

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Catching Up: A Few Great Performances From This Year So Far

Posted by Matthew on September 28, 2017
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Despite having the lowest summer box office in over a decade 2017 has been a great year for movies. It’s actually hard to believe that the box office has been so bad given just how many great movies have come out. It’s almost like the a glut of sequels and remakes combines with going to the movies being a kind of shitty experience is starting to take a toll. Or everyone spent the summer outside. You never know.

In any event, since I haven’t been writing reviews as diligently as I should (read: at all) I’d like to present you a few performances from this year in roughly chronological order that are worth of both your time and hefty amounts of praise. Mild spoilers for all films discussed.

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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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