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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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“The Double” (Directed by Richard Ayoade)

“The Double” (2014) Director: Richard Ayoade Screenplay:  Richard Ayoade & Avi Korine Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty, Wallace Shawn It’s a question of identity, the most basic, fundamental notion of who we are and the way we … Continue reading

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“Le Weekend” and “The Act of Killing” (Film Reviews)

Le Weekend (2013) Director: Roger Michell Screenplay: Hanif Kureishi Cast: Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum The cast shines but it’s Hanif Kureishi’s savvy, wise script that is the real star of “Le Weekend “.  Kureishi is a gifted writer, his screenplays and … Continue reading

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Reviews of “The Great Beauty” and “The Wind Rises”

The Great Beauty (2013) Written & Directed by Paolo Sorrentino Cinematography:  Luca Bigazzi Cast:  Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Film. “The Great Beauty” is a fitting, but never servile, homage to the … Continue reading

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Double feature at the Roxy Theater (Saskatoon)

Nebraska Director:  Alexander Payne Screenplay:  Bob Nelson Cast:  Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, June Squibb, Stacy Keach Forgive the first ten minutes. “Nebraska” doesn’t start well. The dialogue is stilted, there’s too much exposition and the actors, particularly Bob … Continue reading

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“Escape From Tomorrow” (2013)

“Escape From Tomorrow” (2013) Written and directed by Randy Moore Cast: Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Jack Dalton, Alison Lees-Taylor Forget the buzz and hype, the guerrilla film-making, sneaking into Sundance, avoiding litigation (so far), and, please, leave the … Continue reading

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The original “Schreck”

Nosferatu (1922)  Roxy Theatre, “Silence is Golden”; October 26, 2013 It remains the template. The shadows move and menace and a savage, ineffable evil is loose in the world. There are whispers of the unclean, the forbidden, and maids willingly … Continue reading

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“Berberian Sound Studio” (Now playing at the Broadway Theater, Saskatoon)

“Berberian Sound Studio” (2012) Written & Directed by Peter Strickland Cast:  Toby Jones, Cosimo Fusco, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Antonio Mancino I find it absolutely astonishing that “Berberian Sound Studio” is only Peter Strickland’s second feature-length film (“Katalin Varga”, in 2009, was … Continue reading

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Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)

He was with us so long, we came to believe he’d live forever. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. Even legends fade with the passage of time and, eventually, the mountains will slowly crumble away and the sun will flicker, flare … Continue reading

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Silence is Golden IV: “The Mark of Zorro”

I stopped tuning in to the Oscars over thirty years ago, after “Ordinary People” beat out “Raging Bull” for Best Picture. Haven’t watched a moment of the annual broadcast since. Couldn’t care less about the Golden Globes and have only … Continue reading

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