Rupert’s Land (1998)

“I was hoping we’d grown up.” Rupert, in Rupert’s Land  “carlish”:  Of or pertaining to a carl or carls; churlish, clownish, vulgar, coarse, rude, mean. —Oxford English Dictionary I believe that there are a lot of people who deserve Viking funerals or burials at sea to honour their passing.  Such ceremonies are not just for […]

Mon oncle (1958)

There is a growing tendency in any closed part of the universe…for disorder (called “entropy”) to expand at the price of order (called “negentropy”). Suppose, for example, that we deposit a drop of black ink into a glass of clear water.  Initially its presence is quite ordered.  That is, all of the molecules of ink […]

eXistenZ (1999)

“Life is a hospital where every patient is obsessed by the desire of changing beds.  One would like to suffer opposite the stove, another is sure he would get well beside the window. It always seems to me that I should be happy anywhere but where I am, and this question of moving is one […]

Twin Falls Idaho (1999)

  “…I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all.  Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around—nobody big, I mean—except me.  And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff.  What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go […]

Fellini Satyricon (1969)

Imperial Rome is back in the news these days.  Director Ridley Scott’s recently released Gladiator has garnered glowing reviews from just about everywhere. I’m glad.  It sounds like Scott’s best work since the seminal futurist film noir of Bladerunner.  I’m thrilled that Roman history is making a comeback in the cinema.  It’s been a long […]

Shall We Dance? (1996)

Before I begin talking about this month’s film, I’d like to congratulate the new owners of Crawford Bay Video, Theresa and Lorne, and wish them the best of luck.  Knowing how hectic such entrepreneurial transitions can be, it also occurred to me that the former owners might have forgotten to mention C.B. Video’s long-standing, hugely […]

Seven Beauties (1975)

“Multiply the above [execution of  seventeen prisoners of war] by scores, aye hundreds—verify it in all the forms that different circumstances, individuals, places, could afford—light it with every lurid passion…with the light of burning farms, and heaps of smutting, smoldering black embers—and in the human heart everywhere black, worse embers—and you have an inkling of […]

Supercop (Police Story 3) (1992)

“You killed my master!  Now, you die!”<primal screech of rage, followed by loud slapping noises> –a very brief summary of Hong Kong martial arts cinema, taken from A. Magazine’s Eastern Standard Time   Movie reviews tend to be inspired by things like stunning cinematography, superb performances, and unforgettable story lines.  There are exceptions.  This particular […]

Naked (1993)

  Johnny: “And what is it what goes on in this postmodernist gas chamber? Night Watchman:  “Nothing.  It’s empty.” Johnny:  “So what is it you guard, then?” Night Watchman:  “Space.” Johnny:  “You’re guarding space?  That’s stupid, isn’t it?  Because someone could break in there and steal all the f—– space and you wouldn’t know it’s […]