The Social Network: A good film, but not a great film   > read more...

Sunday 20 March 2011

Would anyone have bothered making The Social Network – or praising it – if it weren’t for the fact that Zuckerberg ended up with $26 billion?

The AGO goes AbEx: All in the Family -- and a side of dystopian doom   > read more...

Monday 30 May 2011

The family feel comes from the vivid sense of a movement, even quite literally of clubbiness that comes from the "Club" where artists and hangers-on congregated in a loft on East Eighth Street. Individual as they were and very different as is their work, they also knew each other and were keenly aware of themselves as a group.

[And the side? Edward Burtynsky's stunning "Oil," at the ROM.]

Ken Scott’s Starbuck: Where the Greatest Losers are the Greatest Winners   > read more...

Tuesday 9 August 2011

We’ll be hearing a lot more about Ken Scott. So see Starbuck. (Those of you able to attend TIFF can see it there.) And then see La Grande séduction.


                                               Patrick Huard in new film Starbuck

From Yan Liang: Q & A with Norwegian Wood director Tran Anh Hung   > read more...

Wednesday 26 October 2011

"I am a guy who is Vietnamese, living in France, making a Japanese movie. But Vietnamese culture is really deep inside me. Let’s say I enjoy watching Vietnamese women more than others. It’s something like that. I feel that I am a different man when I am in Vietnam compared with France. I feel that I’m not living my life fully in France, I feel as though my life is in suspension. It is not something I dislike, that’s just how it is."

From Helen Lyttelton: Film review – Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive   > read more...

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Ambiguous, evocative and sometimes terrifyingly violent, Drive is worth the watch.

From Judith Fitzgerald: Winning ReLits & Righteous Fitz Bitz   > read more...

Friday 11 November 2011

L-R:  Craig Francis Power, Tony Burgess, Dani Couture, and ReLit Founder Kenneth J. Harvery.

ReLit winners show off their rings: (L-R) Craig Francis Power, Tony Burgess, Dani Couture, and ReLit founder Kenneth J. Harvey. (Photograph of ReLit Award recipients © 2011 John W. MacDonald. Used by written permission. All rights reserved. Duplication, reproduction, storage, or transmission of this work in whole or in part in any medium without the express written permission of its copyright holder is strictly forbidden. Just so you know, y'know?)

Monsieur Lazhar   >

Tuesday 31 January 2012

What I loved about Monsieur Lazhar is its delicacy. So much of what is most powerful here is touched on glancingly. There is genius at work in the casting and direction of the children, among whom Sophie Nélisse as Alice and Émilien Néron as Simon are standouts, and of Monsieur Lazhar himself, played by Algerian actor, comedian and author Fellag.

Fellag, as Monsieur Lazhar

Movement, migration, and an inhospitable corner of Montreal, by Linda Leith   > read more...

Saturday 6 October 2012

These Filipinos and Guatamalans and Nigerians live in poverty and in fear and, unlike the immigrants of earlier days, they have little hope, ever, of becoming Canadian citizens. In comparison, the Alis were fortunate, for they could stay here and build a new life for themselves.

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