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  • Dazed and Confused
  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • Possession

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  • Bones and All

    ★★★★★

  • American Movie

    ★★★★½

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    ★★★★½

  • BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

    ★★★½

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  • Triangle of Sadness

    Triangle of Sadness

    ★★★★½

    VIFF 2022 #9
    9:15pm
    The Centre for Performing Arts

    RIP Charlbi Dean. What a film to go out on.

    Did anyone else's mouth start to taste sour during the seasickness sequence?

    This is a film, and a screening, I can tell I'll be thinking about for a looong time. It was one of those magical experiences that I always hope to get out of this festival.

    The first thought I had within the first five or so minutes was how…

  • The Whale

    The Whale

    ★★★★★

    VIFF 2022 #6
    5:45pm
    The Centre for Performing Arts

    "You'll do it here?"


    As the lights went down over 30 minutes late, the audience let out a whooping cheer of anticipation. The only such cry I've seen happen at this festival in the five years I've attended. The audience was primed and ready for something expected to be special, and it was.

    The Whale, if handled by another director, or portrayed by another actor, could have been a horrifying, exploitative…

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  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★★★

    “That’s a big fucking deal. It’s like your first time. There’s before bones and all, and there’s after.”

    If you would have told me back in 2017 that the Call Me By Your Name would go on to make two of the most disturbing horror films of the 21st century, I would have said you were out of your mind, but here we are. First, Luca Guadagnino knocked our socks off with the sprawling, convoluted, perfectly imperfect Suspiria in 2018.…

  • American Movie

    American Movie

    ★★★★½

    In honour of a different country’s holiday that I don’t even celebrate, Ariadne and I decided to watch American Movie. Inspired by the instagram post from Criterion, featuring some screenshots from the thanksgiving scene of the doc, I fired up the Criterion Channel for the first time in many months. American Movie reminded me that I need to use my subscription more often because, wow, this was such a gem.

    With Ariadne and I both being writers ourselves, there was…

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  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    ★★★★½

    I haven't read the novel, but I assume this is what a perfect adaptation looks like.

    All Quiet on the Western Front is Germany’s stylistic antithesis to 1917. 1917 was a beautiful film, and while All Quiet on the Western Front is certainly a well shot film, it is anything but beautiful. This is a haunting, devastating film.

    All Quiet on the Western Front is a very raw film. They don't hold your hand, and they don't pull any punches.…