Friends!

An ‘ethical’ romantic comedy

Wallace and Chantry meet at a party, the latter commenting on former’s choice of socialization: writing bitter fridge-magnet poetry about love, alone. He’s a med-school dropout, freshly b...
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...
Back on the train gang

Jumping the track

Movies don’t get much more multinational than melting-potpourri Snowpiercer—an adaptation of a French graphic novel shot in a Czech studio by a South Korean director, starring mostly Americans,...
"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...
So happy together

Adolescent paradoxes

Me and You [Io e Te], an adaptation of Niccolò Ammaniti’s young-adult novel and the first feature in a decade from Bernardo Bertolucci, now in his 70s, is another of his works about a man and w...
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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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A Truman Show delusion

Matteo Garrone’s Reality (2012) is, like his previous film Gomorra (2008), which also won the Grand Prix at Cannes, set in Naples. It’s not a Naples of Camorra gangsters, though, but of i...
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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...