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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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Words of wisdom from Werner

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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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“A Million Little Pieces” (prose)

A Million Little Pieces* There’s no such thing as a “true” story. We—every one of us–fictionalize our lives. Everything is recorded through our senses and, as a result, our perceptions are highly subjective. My recollection of an event will differ … Continue reading

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“Strange Love” (poem)

Strange Love (for Stanley Kubrick) Stanley Kubrick’s eyes belie dispassion: remoteness was his only defence. Look how frankly he regards you, the way you shrivel from that gaze.   © Cliff Burns (All Rights Reserved)

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“Valley of the Bees” (1967)–Review

Valley of the Bees (1967) Director: Frantisek Vlacil Screenplay: Vladimir Korner & Frantisek Vlacil Cast: Petr Cepek, Jan Kacer, Vera Galatikova, Josef Somr I have fallen in love with the Czech “New Wave”. To date, I’ve seen a number of … Continue reading

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“Hard To Be a God” (Movie Review)

Hard To Be a God (2013) Director: Aleksei German Screenplay: Svetlana Karmalita & Aleksei German Cast: Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitri Vladimirov, Laura Pitskhelauri, Aleksandr Ilyin How does one even begin to review, to assess, to assimilate Aleksei German’s “Hard To Be a God”? Any discussion of … Continue reading

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Orson Welles’s Last Movie

ORSON WELLES’S LAST MOVIE: The Making of “The Other Side of the Wind” by Josh Karp (St. Martin’s Press; 2015) Do we really need another book about Orson Welles? That particular shelf is already bulging with titles, the heavier tomes … Continue reading

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