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30th Vancouver International Film Festival

By James Udden. If the Vancouver International Film Festival is any guide, then the state of world film culture remains healthy – at least for now. Every film festival strives for an identity of sorts, but not all succeed. Vancouver manages to successfully nourish multiple identities over its two plus weeks. The 30th edition continues […]

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55th BFI London Film Festival 12-27 October, 2011

By Deborah Allison. One of the strengths of the BFI London Film Festival has always been its accessibility. Although press and industry passes are available, it is designed mainly to cater to the film-going public. This ideology is reflected in its varied but unpretentious programming, which features strands calculated to cater to all ages and […]

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Eugène Green

By Ken Chen. Susan Sontag once called transparency – the luminousness of the thing in itself – the highest value in contemporary film. By this, she meant the way Renoir and Ozu remind us of life. What then should we make of the occluded films of Eugène Green, which invoke werewolves, Baroque opera, the ghost […]

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‘Where there are Mines Lives the Devil’ – Altiplano

By Amy R Handler. Award winning filmmakers Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth have woven magic like none other in their most recent feature, Altiplano(2009). But viewers beware… This highly potent masterpiece is not for children, or the faint of heart. Perhaps the sorcery lies in Altiplano’s form, which simultaneously employs ritual performance, documentary realism, […]

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Bride Flight: A Psychological Joyride

By Amy R Handler. Bride Flight (2008) is a haunting masterpiece that combines the strength of Dr. Zhivago with the ambiguity of The End of the Affair. The result is a psychological joyride of epic proportions. Based upon the bestselling, novel of the same name, Bride Flight focuses upon three young Dutch women (Ada, Marjorie, […]

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Warren Beatty: A Hollywood Career

By Gary Bettinson. In 1967, movie actor Warren Beatty assumed the mantle of producer with Bonnie and Clyde. His decision to harness greater production responsibility not only coincided with a pivotal shift in Hollywood’s history; it also contributed to this shift, establishing Beatty as a significant force in Hollywood’s changing industrial and aesthetic practices in […]

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The Ides of March (2011)

By Bryan Nixon. The Ides of March functions as a raging soap opera that concerns itself with affairs within the campaign trail for the presidency of the United States of America. The presidential candidate in question is Mike Morris (George Clooney), a moral and suave democrat whose religion is the U.S. Constitution. Stephen Meyers (Ryan […]

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One Trick Pony: The Spurlock Brand

By Daniel Lindvall. The only truthful ads are those that tell you they’re lying, claims Ralph Nader in Morgan Spurlock’s documentary, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011). As per usual with Spurlock his new film is based on one simple and calculatedly controversial idea: to make a film about branding, advertising and product placement that […]

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On the Endless Road to Nowhere

By Amy R Handler. It’s difficult to know where reality ends and fiction begins in Monte Hellman’s most recent movie, Road to Nowhere(2010). And even when we’re informed that what we’ve just seen is true, we feel less at ease then ever – and wonder what games Hellman, and scriptwriter Steven Gaydos, may be playing, […]

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A Somewhat Gentle Man

By Amy R Handler. Comedy is one of those strange and elusive phenomena that troubles even the most sensitive critical connoisseurs. It is all the more difficult to capture and sustain in a feature length film, and many have tried and failed. Luckily for us, Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland has managed to create a […]

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