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Film Festival fishcat_1-1

Time and motion: the bare elements of the cinematic image. D.W. Griffith’s formalisation of the grammar of film editing when the medium was yet in its infancy effected an understanding between spectator and screen of the space between, the time and the motion we do not see in the space of a cut: the filmic equivalent, as it were, of reading between the lines. With…

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Xavier Dolan’s fourth feature film is a return for him to navigating behind and in front of the camera. At the same time, with this film he treads into the new territory of psychological suspense. Based on Québécois playwright Michel Marc Bouchard’s stage play of the same name, Dolan plays the titular character who travels to the Quebec …

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Is it a benefit or a burden to share much with not only last year’s winner, but the one before that too? One can only wonder in the case of Eskil Vogt, whose co-written Oslo, August 31st took home the Transylvania Trophy two years ago, and whose directorial debut, in competition this edition, shares a blind heroine with last year’s Ship of Theseus. Neither seems an…

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If there was but one thing we learned from the critical bludgeoning taken by the latest from Atom Egoyan last month, it’s that there’s a weariness toward the way Cannes tends to favour established filmmakers returning to the Croisette for the umpteenth time. That’s a problem nicely skirted by the competition criteria here in Cluj, which welcomes former competitors…

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“I think you should primarily think why you are doing this,” cautions the prestigious actor Vis-à-Vis’ debut director protagonist hopes to win over with his highly personal script, and it’s advice the movie could stand to take to heart for itself. Meta-filmic only in the most cursory of manners, this sophomore outing for Czech helmer Nevio Marasovic limps along on the…

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It’s fitting, for the time it lasts at least, that the sole title card gracing the screen at the start of Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas reads Mads Mikkelsen. Here is a film of land disputes and legal tedium, of valuing honour and integrity, made meaningfully intense by the furrowed brow of its leading man. After a time, other …

Reviews The-Big-Ask

It’s to the bereaved Andrew’s bizarre request of his female friends that they sleep with him to alleviate his emotional pain that the title of The Big Ask refers, but that’s nothing beside the movie’s assuming of its audience the restraint not to leap through the screen and slap him. The kooky premise indie lives or dies on its ability to …

Reviews badass-trailer-for-edge-of-tomorrow

Whoever came up with the “Live. Die. Repeat.” tagline certainly earned their salary (or deserves a reward of some kind). Those three words perfectly capture the semi-familiar premise behind Tom Cruise’s (Oblivion, War of the Worlds, Minority Report) latest foray into the science-fiction/action genre, Edge of Tomorrow, a loose …

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Romantic comedies are so often associated with mediocrity. They live as bastions of unrealistic expectations, grandiose gestures that beguile reasonability, and a general sense of the artificial. They are not enjoyable because of their proximity to our own lives, but for their escapist sensibilities. Of course the very nature of genre tropes are dismissive generalities that trivialize the films within their …

Reviews million-ways-die-west

Seth MacFarland has pulled off a rare feat: a period comedy with contemporary humor styles and timing. It’s rare because the language doesn’t feel out of place in the west but it should. Other comedies that attempt this normally fail and not for a long time has anything really succeeded in transplanting sensibilities of today into the old west …

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