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Reviews Leslie Caron Reluctant Star
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Leslie Caron was only 16 years old when Gene Kelly saw her dance on stage and knew she would be the perfect co-star for his upcoming musical An American in Paris (1951). Untrained as an actress and new to the United States, Caron alternated between nerves and irritation during the film’s production. As she tells it in…

SXSW 2016 i am the blues 1
7.2
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At one point in Daniel Cross’ I Am the Blues one of the many musicians is casually reminiscing on what music has meant to him. Just as he wraps up his tale, he looks up at the camera and casually mumbles, “There’s always a story behind the song.” That one quote is probably the best summary of the entire…

Film Festival the slippers 1
7.0
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I have long held the belief that every person has their obsession. For some people it’s clothes, for others it’s cars; for me, it’s movies. My free time is filled with film: watching films, reading about films, and writing about films. I have never sat down and…

Reviews Swift Current
8.3
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Sexual abuse is, no doubt, difficult to address as subject matter, especially in a documentary. If one presents solely firsthand accounts from victims, and nothing else, the viewer will be disturbed, but won’t feel compelled or informed. Not only that, interviewing those victims for the film would only make them relive past horrors…

Reviews This Changes Everything
7.0
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As a documentary, This Changes Everything (Avi Lewis) is first and foremost intended to spread awareness. This is integral to the film’s content, which deals with environmental changes and man’s relation with nature. In its measure to spread awareness, it aims to engender in the viewer a shift in their way of thinking, which…

Reviews turbo kid 1
7.2
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For a long time I’ve been sitting on the sidelines confused by this resurgence of faux nostalgia driven filmmaking. We’re not talking homages to inspirational films of yesterday but flat out repurposing of a spirit of…

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 11.10.01 PM
8.0
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Director April Mullen’s 88 is a violent 88-minute blend of revenge, lost identity, bloodshed and both pure and twisted love. The film opens with Gwen (Katharine Isabelle) sitting alone in a diner, confused and disoriented and missing a finger, with no idea how she got there or what happened to her hand. After dropping the contents of her backpack and accidentally shooting a waitress with a gun she has no …

Cinefranco mos_1-1
6.0
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The Masters of Suspense is a comedy farce attempting to talk about writers and their sources of inspiration. Exploring the tensions between reality, fiction and ego, it sprints along at a brisk 100 minutes, respecting your time. While it is funny moment to moment, this brevity is to the film’s benefit…

BUFF 2015 bloody knuckles 1
5.0
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America is synonymous with free speech or at least that’s the branding it purports. For most of my life, it’s hard for me to recall an amendment more oft cited than the first. Sure, with the ever-present right wing agenda this has lately been shifting to good ole number two, but I think…

BUFF 2015 the editor 1
8.0
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For years I have been struggling to understand this grindhouse resurgence. The generation of dirty theaters with even dirtier movies was before mine, so I don’t share this reverence for the absurd. Scratched up prints, missing reels, laughably awful acting, and buckets of fake blood seemed like a gimmick, an…

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