Category Archives: film review

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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“Dune” (The Review)

Dune (2021) Director: Denis Villeneuve Writers: Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgard I’ve read the novel Dune exactly one time, when I was around fifteen years old. Frank Herbert’s book … 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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I hate comic book movies (d’you think it shows?)

This movie sucks (and so do you) Whatever happened to scholarship, whatever happened to standards? Why are there no good, reliable movie critics these days? Where have you gone, Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris? We miss you Manny Farber and … 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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Censorship at the CBC

Speaking of censorship…I responded to Eli Glasner’s choices as the “best” pictures of the year on CBC’s website and my comment was “disabled” because, apparently, the administrators thought I was too mean for pointing out that Eli’s pick for the … 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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“Loving”–Now Playing at the Roxy Theatre (Saskatoon)

“Loving”  (2016) Writer & Director:  Jeff Nichols Cast:  Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Alano Miller, Terry Abney, Nick Kroll, Bill Camp Contemporary American cinema rarely produces a feature film of such undeniable excellence as Jeff Nichols’ “Loving”. These days, … Continue reading

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