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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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Making Movies With Orson Welles by Gary Graver (with Andrew J. Rausch) (Scarecrow Press; 2008) Secured a copy of Gary Graver’s memoir Making Movies With Orson Welles through an interlibrary loan (all the way from the University of Alberta library … 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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“Blancanieves” (2012): Movie Review

Blancanieves (2012) Written and Directed by: Pablo Berger Cast:  Maribel Verdu, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Angela Molina, Sofia Oria, Macarena Garcia The story is familiar, you’ve known it since childhood. The film teases us for possessing that foreknowledge, giving us … 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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“Only God Forgives” (Now Showing at the Roxy Theatre, Saskatoon)

Only God Forgives Written & Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn Cast:  Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm “Drive” (2011),  the first collaboration between director Refn and star Gosling, was stylish, violent and, despite a number of gruesome interludes, a … Continue reading

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“Mud” and “The Angels’ Share” (Movie Reviews)

Mud (2012) Written & Directed by Jeff Nichols Cast:  Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” is cinematic storytelling at its best. One could categorize the film as a coming-of-age effort but … Continue reading

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“The Turin Horse” (Directed by Bela Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky)

“The Turin Horse” (2012) Directed by: Bela Tarr & Agnes Hranitzky Written by: Bela Tarr & Laszlo Krasznahorkai Cast: Janos Derzsi, Erika Bok This reviewer has sat through a number of excruciating cinema-oriented experiences. I’ve seen “Caligula” and at least … Continue reading

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“Saddle the Wind” (1958)

“Saddle the Wind” (1958) (84 minutes) Directed by: Robert Parrish Written by: Rod Serling Cast:  Robert Taylor, John Cassavettes, Julie London, Donald Crisp A western that should have been much, much better. Robert Taylor is a retired gunfighter, happy to … Continue reading

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