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"Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" is a snowy swan song

“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” begins with its titular character unearthing a video cassette that’s been hidden in a cave along a shore. It is a poetic presentation of Kumiko’s reality. 351 more words


Vulnerability & The Outsiders: A Film Review

“We all struggle to understand why some people who have survived trauma-be it combat, domestic violence, sexual or physical abuse, or the quieter but equally devastating covert traumas of oppression, neglect, isolation or living in extreme fear or stress-exhibit tremendous resilience and lead full, Wholehearted lives, while others become defined by their trauma. 825 more words


'Point Blank' (1967) - A Review

“There are two kinds of people in his up-tight world: his victims and his women. And sometimes you can’t tell them apart”

While the heart of this 60’s classic may be the well-worn revenge shtick the remaining organs are all Lee Marvin, whose presence makes him the centre of every scene he’s in. 263 more words



From the most recent Vérité edition, here’s my in-depth look at one of the defining scenes in Max Ophüls’ LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN. I’ve always been fascinated by how much meaning can be packed into one scene, in what, at first glance, may seem like arbitrary aesthetic decisions. 1,442 more words

Cinema in new lights: where tolerance and art meet face to face

There are two primary reasons I find cinema fascinating. (1) As different art mediums come together in cinema, the limitations it places on those artists forces a particular sort creative thinking; and (2) since film is multi-faceted, people will love and approach it in unique and personal ways. 922 more words


Summer Hours (2008) -- On the Meanings of Stuff

Earlier this week, I wrote a piece in which I commented upon the extent to which our impressions of films are coloured by a lifetime’s worth of experiences. 2,103 more words


Gems of 2014: Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem

A severely misunderstood gem from Terry Gilliam. The Zero Theorem derives its sheer power from Waltz’s committed performance, its enigmatic and philosophical core and Gilliam’s typically lavish mise-en-scène.  146 more words

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