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Digging your own grave

The opening tracking shot begins with a hearse parked outside a cemetery—”You’re digging your own grave,” one character will soon warn another—before rolling past dilapidated clapbo...
film-crumb

Crumb

Tue, Jul 22 (9:30 pm) Directed by Terry Zwigoff Metro Cinema at the Garneau Originally released: 1994 It makes you wonder if more filmmakers shouldn’t be turning their cameras on their most int...
I swear, you look just like Ed Harris

Dead ringer

If each of us only ever gets to find one face of true love, then Nikki (Annette Bening) is arguably one exceptionally lucky lover. The Face of Love begins with Nikki and Garrett (Ed Harris), her husb...
Heeeeeeeeeelp!

View from the bottom

The protagonist of Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole (1951) somehow finds himself in Albuquerque, NM after getting fired from 11 different newspapers in as many cities. Hoping to sniff out some se...
Modern ennui in L'eclisse

The everlasting gaze

The final film in what would retroactively be considered a sort of loose trilogy—three inimitable modernist films about modern eros, modern cities, modern business and modern ennui—L’eclisse (1...
Staring out of habit

Wayward paths to devotion

Ida follows a young orphan raised in a convent who, on the verge of taking her vows, learns that she has an aunt living in a nearby city. The orphan shows no curiosity but her Mother Superior obliges...
The Woman Who Fell To Earth

Inner space experience

Under the Skin begins in some kind of deeper blackness, less cinema space than outer space. Perhaps it’s the same unfriendly blackness to which our protagonist will deposit her victims. A proje...