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  • A Face in the Crowd

    A Face in the Crowd

    ★★★★★

    “There Nothing as Trustworthy ... As The Ordinary Mind - Of The Ordinary Man” - Lonsome Rhodes

    Blessed with a silver tongue, good looks and charm, Lonsome Rhodes is discovered in  the drunk tank by radio host Marcia Jeffries when she pops into the county lockup for her “Face In The Crowd” spotlight show to capture the voices of ordinary men.   His little radio ditty is a huge hit, one thing leads to another and Rhodes becomes a national…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    Heartbreaking for so many reasons, the story of course and also because of Judy. She’s brilliant in this film.

    Bradley Cooper took as much from this version as he did from the ‘76 version  Most memorable would be the “Hold on. I just want to take another look at you.”  

    It’s a shame they edited this version to death and the original director’s cut isn’t available, but I love that they have used stills and audio to piece together…

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  • Good Joe Bell

    Good Joe Bell

    Last TIFF 2020 film, this was a freebie screening as I don’t think I would have watched it otherwise.  I would rather just read about the real Jadin and Joe Bell and family. 

    This is not really about Jadin although you are given enough to understand what led to his suicide;  this is more about Joe, his father’s, search for redemption.  

    As a parent of LGBTQ2+ kids this resonated with me to a certain extent.  No parent is perfect…

  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    TIFF 2020 Best of TIFF Reunion screening at the RBC Lakeside Drive-In. 

    My only live screening at a venue was an oldie but a goodie.

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  • Metropolis

    Metropolis

    ★★★★★

    “The mediator between the hands and the head must be the heart”.

    I finally saw this monstrosity of a film in its entirety on the big screen. Paying homage that is long overdue. Hard to believe it was made in 1927. At the time it took 17 months and cost over 5 million Reichsmarks to make. It’s definitely one of the most defining and pioneering works of cinematic fiction ever made. Filmmakers continue to borrow from the screenplay, visuals and…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    TIFF18 Film 19


    I really loved this film, but I appreciate that it’s very deliberate structure will irritate some.  


    The film has no musical score. The soundtrack of the film is simply the actual noise from the house, street, planes flying above, etc.  Other than people actually singing, playing music or the street marching band, there is no music in the film. I saw the film in the new Lightbox cinema 2 which has a new and improved sound…