Daniel Charchuk

Daniel Charchuk

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  • Fantasia

    Fantasia

    ★★★★★

    For the longest time, I just assumed this was my favourite animated movie – it imprinted in my memory as a child so profoundly that it was my default response to such a query. And now having rewatched it for the first time in probably 30 years, it's apparent that such an impression is almost solely due to two segments: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (duh) and "Night on Bald Mountain". And it was indeed these two that stood out the most…

  • Miss Julie

    Miss Julie

    ★★★

    Surprisingly caustic and noxious for a supposed romance, but perhaps that's my own fault for not expecting as much. Luckily the dialogue is savage enough to make up for the rather thin story, with nearly half the runtime devoted to flashbacks. Perhaps it works better on the stage, because there just doesn't seem to be enough here for a film. At least the ending is suitably grim.

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  • P.S. I Love You

    P.S. I Love You

    It's impressive that in a film with two Irish romantic leads, neither one of them is played by an Irishman.

    Also they both sing, and Harry Connick Jr. doesn't.

  • Coherence

    Coherence

    ★★★★

    What if Primer had a largely improvisational screenplay and didn't attempt to obscure its narrative curlicues in scientific gobbledegook? The result would be something approximating this, a sci-fi mindfuck that doesn't feel like a mindfuck because of the grounded naturalism of both the characters and the dialogue. These eight adults interact with each other in a way that seems both scripted and spontaneous (a testament to both the performers and the director), and their reactions to the increasingly bizarre events…