Category Archives: Documentary

Best Films Watched in 2021

“Citizen Kane”* (Directed by Orson Welles) “Mank” (Directed by David Fincher) “An Elephant Sitting Still” (Directed by Hu Bo) “Kajillionaire” (Directed by Miranda July) “Nomadland” (Directed by Chloe Zhao) “The Selfish Giant” (Directed by Clio Barnard) “Shoplifters” (Directed by Hirokasu … Continue reading

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Best Films Watched in 2020

Ninety-four (94) movies watched in 2020 and it’s time to pick the ones that stood out most. A diverse roster, I think you’ll agree, and, if nothing else, I hope this post draws your attention to fine, ground-breaking cinema from … Continue reading

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Best Films Watched in 2019

Didn’t quite achieve my goal of watching a hundred films during the course of 2019, but at 92 I came pretty darn close. Not as many documentaries this past year, which is somewhat surprising as it’s a genre that has … Continue reading

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Best Films Watched in 2018

Thanks to the irresistible temptations of Netflix and the unfortunate discovery of podcasts, I watched less than 100 movies in 2018, far below my usual tally. Ah, but in my defense, the proportion of good movies to bad ones was … Continue reading

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Best Movies of 2017

For the second year in a row I managed to watch over one hundred movies in 2017. Here is a roster of my favorite cinematic experiences of the past year: “I, Daniel Blake” (Directed by Ken Loach) “Dogtooth” (Directed by … Continue reading

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“Kedi” (Turkey; 2016)

“Kedi” (Documentary; 79 minutes) Director and Producer: Ceyda Torun My wife and I spent ten days in Istanbul during the summer of 2016. Despite arriving only a short time after an attempted coup, we found the atmosphere of the ancient city … Continue reading

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Best Movies of 2016: An Eclectic Roster

I managed to squeeze in over 100 films in 2016. A good mix of foreign and domestic releases (those looking for blockbusters, comic book flicks and eye candy should search elsewhere). Here’s my list of favourites: “High Rise” (Director: Ben … Continue reading

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Alain Marchant, a feature look at the controversial Canadian director

The on-line site Hollywood North, a virtual magazine devoted to all things relating to Canadian movie-making, has just posted (in two parts) my feature essay on controversial Quebecois director, Alain Marchant. You’ll find the article here, with a link to … Continue reading

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Words of wisdom from Werner

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“Jodorowsky’s Dune” (film review)

Jodorowsky’s Dune (2014) Director:  Frank Pavich Madness. Pure madness attempting to translate Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction novel into a feature length movie in the first place. The production was bound to be difficult, the special effects alone pushing mid-1970’s … Continue reading

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