Category Archives: Movies

Edith Piaf …

There has been no singer even “kinda” like Edith Piaf. Her music and her life were entwined. The pain and tragedy of her story were painted with bold strokes into her songs like a Van Gogh painting, and her honesty … Continue reading

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True Grit, a review

When Mattie Ross’s father is murdered by Tom Chaney, a hired hand, the 14-year-old farm girl sets out to retrieve her father’s body, settle his affairs, and then capture the killer. She is the most precocious 14-year-old to appear on the big … Continue reading

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The Fighter, a review

The Fighter is a drama based on the true story of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely rise through the ranks to the WBU (World Boxing Union) light welterweight title. Micky’s story would be a conventional sports film if not for … Continue reading

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Black Swan… a review

Darren Arronofsky, the director of The Wrestler, takes us once again to the dark side of culture. In The Wrestler, he explored the underbelly of low-brow culture, confirming preconceptions about the cheap theatrics of professional wrestling while deliveringinsight into the … Continue reading

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Leonardo was a genius, let’s leave it at that …

Leonardo was a genius, let’s leave it at that BY STEPHEN BAYLEY The Vancouver Sun 18 Dec 2010 What defines great art? The ability to attract cranks, charlatans, amateur “ sleuths”, fantasists, purple poseurs, whack-job theorizers and disappointed, pensioned-off scholars. … Continue reading

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Ten holiday movies …

No Christmas movies are being released this year … It’s just as well. Some of the Christmas releases have been awful in recent years. The Jim Carrey 3-D Scrooge was CGI gimmicky in the extreme but okay, and it’s not … Continue reading

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The Pleasantville Code of Conduct …

I have seen Pleasantville again. This makes at least 20 viewings of this film since it was released in the Nineties. The film has surfaces and layers that only reveal themselves in subsequent viewings. Its plot twists and turns through each … Continue reading

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