• These Amazing Shadow, The Lost Boys 3 – The Thirst (595/348)

    by  • 12/14/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    THESE AMAZING SHADOWS – This documentary presents the US’ National Film Registry as the answer to protecting films from being altered after the fact by people like Ted Turner and his cartoonish colourization of films. Founded to recognize films that are “Culturally, Historically, Aesthetically Significant.” It’s a mixed bag what they include – it’s not […]

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    Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Le Havre (591/345)

    by  • 12/11/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS – I heard so many people going on and on about how amazing it was that this was in 3D. They’re paintings on a wall… Yes, there is an element of the third dimension, but really? I’ve only seen pale copies of the paintings, so while the large screen would have […]

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    Beijing Taxi (583/339)

    by  • 12/5/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    BEIJING TAXI – Three taxi drivers in Beijing in the years leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I wondered how taxi drivers could survive with Chinese fare rates so incredibly low; we took 20-30 minute cab rides in Shanghai a couple times, and paid about $5 Canadian for the door-to-door service. At that, Shanghai’s […]

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    William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (511/300)

    by  • 10/27/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN – I really had no idea about who the man William S. Burroughs. I only really knew the gravely voiced writer and poet who recited Thanksgiving Prayer, Nov. 28, 1986, who worked with Ministry, and Kurt Cobain, and influenced so much of pop music culture. I had no idea […]

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    Chinese movie update (509/298)

    by  • 10/25/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    During our trip to China (October 12-24) I didn’t really track the when and where of each of these films; many were on the flights, some were during hotel downtime. Most of these 22 films were during the over 40 hours of airport and flight time we had during our travels. Thankfully, Cathay Pacific had […]

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    The Garden (472/274)

    by  • 10/1/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    THE GARDEN – South Central Los Angeles had a huge, 14 acre community garden on city-owned property. Residents formed a real community, working this land, and they helped to heal the neighbourhood in the aftermath of the region’s devastating 1992 riots. However, the city decided, in secret, to sell the land back to the original […]

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    Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (469/271)

    by  • 9/28/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP – “It was like seeing Hitler up there, but a nicer version.” I liked seeing the behind the scenes, the angst and emotion, but now I’d like to see one of the shows in its entirety. I can’t help but come away thinking that Conan, while correct that he got screwed […]

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    The Cove (394/230)

    by  • 8/18/2011 • film, movies • 0 Comments

    THE COVE (Netflix) – There’s a bit of dolphin-woo here with interview subjects anthropomorphizing the dolphins in so many ways, but that’s really a small complaint. This is a horrifying film about dolphin hunting and, by extension the “scientific” whale hunting carried on by countries like Japan. It’s certainly propaganda, even though it’s based on […]

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    Scum, Splinterheads, El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, Anita & Me (389/226)

    by  • 8/14/2011 • film, movies • 0 Comments

    SCUM (Netflix) – Surprisingly violent and graphic film set in a reform school (a borstal) in Britain. Extortion, graphic suicides and beatings, racism, rape, and a mostly bored administration that is apparently only entertained by the suffering of their charges. Like MADE IN BRITAIN, this was shot for British television. SPLINTERHEADS (Netflix) – Boring and […]

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