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UofT alumni. 23

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  • Stalker
  • Persona
  • Se7en
  • The Godfather: Part II

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  • Thunder Road

    ★★★½

  • Titanic II

    ½

  • Chungking Express

    ★★★★½

  • Spring

    ★★★★

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  • Caché

    Caché

    ★★★★½

    I want to talk about a specific scene in Cache that encapsulates what makes not only this film, but the rest of Haneke's work so brilliant. The scene where the main Parisian couple of Georges and Anne argue in their living room full of books, before realizing that their young son is missing. All the while, news related to war and conflict around the world plays on their television in the background.

    If we observe the way this scene is…

  • Winter Light

    Winter Light

    ★★★★½

    The title of this film could mean two things. It may be alluding to the presence of light despite the season being Winter. Or perhaps this is a unique type of light that is only present in the Winter. That is to say, is there beauty and healing to be found in life despite all the struggles? Or is there beauty to be found within these struggles? In "Winter Light", Ingmar Bergman explores these ideas through a pastor who is…

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  • Spring

    Spring

    ★★★★

    I watched Resolution last year and did not enjoy it at the time. But it ended up being one of those films that grew on me as time passed. So I decided that I am going to watch Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s entire filmography. 

    These two are clearly among the most unique filmmakers working today. They blend Lovecraftian horror and sci-fi, while dealing with ancient mysteries in a modern setting. Their naturalistic and often comedic dialogue—contrasted with all the…

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★

    “The castle is a veritable prison, and I am a prisoner”

    The second chapter of Bram Stoker’s Dracula concludes with these lines and is possibly my single favourite section in all of literature. It is told from the point of view of Jonathan Harker who is a plain solicitor with no experience of the occult. Stoker’s decision to introduce Dracula and his castle through the eyes of an ordinary man enhances the terror, as Harker slowly discovers that the Count…

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  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★★

    Daniel Craig receiving some intense cock and ball torture at the hands of Mads Mikkelsen has to be my favourite scene from any Bond film. Right next to the opening of Skyfall. How appropriate is it that a character who has been the face of masculinity for half a century, nearly gets emasculated by someone who possesses none of that virility. 

    Le Chiffre (played by Mikkelsen) is in many ways the opposite of Bond. He lacks the vigour, sex appeal,…

  • Brightburn

    Brightburn

    There is a misconception that the corporate superhero films which we have been force fed over the last decade or so are admonished because of their family friendly nature. That somehow the introduction of sex or violence can transform them from soulless cash grabs to “real cinema” (whatever that means). 

    This explains all the recent edgy and violent media in which Superheroes are depicted as morally grey or even evil. Brightburn falls right into this category. A film that basically…