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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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“High-Rise” (Directed by Ben Wheatley)

High-Rise (2016) Director: Ben Wheatley Writers: Amy Jump & Ben Wheatley Cast:  Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Elizabeth Moss A magnificent adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s cooly savage, satirical novel, Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” is gruesomely faithful to Ballard’s … Continue reading

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“The Lobster” (2016)

The Lobster  Director:  Yorgos Lanthimos Writer(s):  Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely liked “The Lobster”. Love the notion of an alt-reality where being single … 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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Andrew Sarris quote

“In cinema, as in all art, only those who risk the ridiculous have a real shot at the sublime.” (Andrew Sarris,  The American Cinema)

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A pearl of wisdom from Pauline Kael

“It’s the emotionlessness of so many violent movies that I’m becoming anxious about, not the rare violent movies (“Bonnie & Clyde”, “The Godfather”, “Mean Streets”) that make us care about the characters and what happens to them. A violent movie … Continue reading

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