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  • The Devil's Toy

    The Devil's Toy

    ★★★★

    Available to watch on the NFB site.

    Stumbled on this because Pierre F. Brault later composed music for Passe-Partout. The end credits make me nostalgic for a time and place I've never lived.

    Before this, I only knew Geneviève Bujold as the person who gave up the role of Janeway.

  • Foxtrot

    Foxtrot

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It worked better when I thought the son had killed himself after being singled out to decamp, heightening his guilt. Instead, it's about accidents of the natural world, and only one side gets to grieve.

    Our societies' dearth of positive messages around sex generates here a story masquerading as comic. And animal cruelty is so much a trait of the father it is both illustrated and animated.

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  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★

    Portrays Christian homophobic oppression without directorial purpose apart from the surface criticism already announced in the title. The three friends are already knowing adults who've broken free before we ever meet them, even if we see Cameron act a minute's struggle in a pretence of internal conflict. It's Cameron's foregone conclusion in a film that is nearly in its entirety a two-dimensional flashback, before the adventure we don't get to see.

  • Mudbound

    Mudbound

    ★★★★

    White people like to see themselves as 'one of the good ones' just like Germans have marked the end of WWII as the day they were liberated from the Nazis.