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Crazy in love

We meet Robert (John Cassavetes) first, a novelist living in a spacious Hollywood Hills manor. He has many women around him, most of whom we won’t come to know, all of whom were pulled into Rob...
Riding in cars with Nick Cave

Dig yourself

There’s a scene in Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s remarkable feature debut in which the hero, a songwriter and musician reflecting on his life and work as he goes about his business on h...
Boyhood's Ellar Coltrane, in the midst of his boyhood

Growing into a film

Boyhood’s visual refrain is its protagonist’s wide open eyes, taking in the world, first at six, then at seven, eight and nine, all the way to that age when boyhood is shed for manhood. M...

This is Spinal Tap

Nimbly traversing the “fine line between stupid and clever,” This is Spinal Tap (1984) rewards multiple viewings because its humour is rarely played for big laughs. One of the reasons I l...
"I loved you in The Social Network"

Toil and trouble

Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is rarely recognized and barely noticed. Simon says, “You’re in my place” to a guy on the subway early in Richard Ayoade’s The Double—a film whic...
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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...
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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...