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    ‘The Oranges’ a weak attempt at suburban satire

    The Oranges Directed by Julian Farino Written by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss USA, 2011 Voiceover narration isn’t automatically a crutch in modern storytelling, but too many writers use it so they don’t have to do actual work. For every clever use of this literary trick—such as the narration in Sunset Boulevard or The Shawshank […] More

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    TIFF 2012 News: Audience Awards Announced

    Toronto – On September 16th, the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival marked the closing of its festivities with its annual audience awards, presented at the Intercontinental Toronto Center earlier this afternoon. Noticeably absent from the list of beneficiaries was Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, which was slated to win the Golden Lion prize for […] More

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    How to make a perfect movie, according to Rotten Tomatoes

    Not every film can be Citizen Kane. Deemed by many as a perfect film (i.e. Rotten Tomatoes), Hollywood has tried to emulate its critical success for decades, but as an industry that strives on generic formulas, some have come close while other have missed the mark. Now, thanks to the trustworthy Tomatometer, we have a […] More

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    TIFF Cinematheque presents a Summer in France: ‘Belle de Jour’ is an erotic case study designed to gauge its causal effect

    Belle de Jour Directed by Luis Buñuel Written by Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière France, 1967 Sometimes, it’s pointless, even impossible, to try to understand our personal proclivities. It’s an unavailing form of discourse that attempts to rationalize something pre-ordained and unchangeable. We may never know why we desire things outside the norm of acceptable behaviour; […] More

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    Inside Out 2012: ‘The Crown Jewels’ is made of pyrite

    The Crown Jewels Directed by Ella Lemhagen Written by Ella Lemhagen and Carina Dahl Sweden, 2011 Fragancia (Alicia Vikander) walks into her interrogation. As she sits in silence, a detective inquires, “Tell me what happened. You went up to Mr. Persson’s house at midnight to see Richard Persson. Why?” Fragancia answers, “If I’m going to […] More

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    ‘Headhunters’ not only merits a remake, it’s all but inevitable.

    Headhunters  Directed by Morten Tyldum Written by Lars Gudmestad, Jo Nesbø, and Ulf Ryberg Norway, 2011 While American politicians abjectly deride the Scandinavians for being ‘pinko commies’, Hollywood has been taking notice of their considerable cinematic talent, finding every opportunity to import some of their best films for American remakes. David Fincher’s The Girl with […] More

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    ‘Supercut – Spoiler Alert’

    Well it’s a new day and here is yet another montage, the second in two days. Lucky for us, it’s just as great. Yesterday we showed you A Brief History of Title Design. This time however, it’s the work of youtuber Hatinhand. He brings us a montage sequence of  amazing movie ending spoilers. Overall there […] More

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    Sound On Sight Radio #87 – American Mendes

    Listen now Download show Mendes made his directorial debut in 1999 with American Beauty, a tense suburban black comedy, starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening. The film won the Golden Globe, the BAFTA Award and the Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as netting Mendes a number of seperate prizes for his direction. Mendes’ […] More