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    5 Horror Films Too Disturbing To Watch Again

    ** Spoilers ahead ** I am not a horror film fan. I appreciate the genre but considering that my over-amped imagination will turn a sight of a little girl with long hair in ghostly white attire into a full epileptic seizure within me, I try to stay as far away from scary films as much […] More

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    TIFF Cinematheque Coverage: Objects of Desire – The Cinema of Claire Denis

    Nenette et Boni Written by Claire Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau Directed by Claire Denis France, 1996 A more urban escapade for Denis, Nenette et Boni looks at two conflicted siblings searching for normality in one another. Boni, an over-sexualized and underachieving pizza maker lives a remarkably uneventful life, lusting over the local baker-lady and chronically masturbating. It’s only […] More

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    NYFF 2013 Dispatch: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’; ‘The Immigrant’; ‘Bastards’; ‘Gloria’

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Dir. Ben Stiller) The trailer for Ben Stiller’s newest directorial effort is life-affirming, anthemic, and seems like a heartstring-puller in the best possible way. Trailers are often misleading. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is occasionally satisfying white-guy wish fulfillment, as if Network’s Howard Beale were in a 2-hour, beautifully […] More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘Bastards’ is a nocturnal nightmare that becomes impossible to shake

    Every detail matters in the films of Claire Denis. Her latest, and unquestionably her darkest film yet, Bastards, contains a wealth of information in its first few shots: a man on the verge of what we learn to be a suicide, pacing about his office with the rain crashing down outside, a naked girl, wearing only heels, slowly inching her way down a darkly lit street. We re-visit the latter of these shots later in the film, but under a completely different and disturbing context. Denis is back working in full L’Intrus mode, and while Bastards isn’t nearly as impenetrable as the aforementioned 2004 film, it’s an elliptically charged work that challenges and seduces with its wide gamut of unsettling images and sounds.
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    Five Films to Stave off the Cold

    Parkas, mittens and earmuffs can only do so much to starve off the imposing weight of winter. Many of us suffer, in some form or another, from seasonable depression and it’s easy to stay in bed all day instead of facing the dark and cold that comes during the winter months. Not all of us […] More

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    ‘Sister’ an emotionally manipulative but devastating slice-of-life story

    Sister Directed by Ursula Meier Written by Antoine Jaccoud and Ursula Meier Switzerland, 2012 If acting is difficult for adults, the task may be roughest and most challenging for children. Some children have a naturally showy personality, an overly precocious sensibility that is, depending on your attitude, immensely endearing or obnoxious. But capturing what it’s […] More

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    31 Days of Horror: ‘Trouble Every Day’ poetically revels in the silence of addiction

    Trouble Every Day Directed by Claire Denis Written by Claire Denis and Jean-Pol Farqeau France/Germany/Japan, 2001 Rarely enabling itself to be clearly defined or labeled, Trouble Every Day is an oppressively quiet and poetic subversion of the horror genre from French auteur Claire Denis. The small cast floats in and out of this Parisian world in an isolated malady […] More

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    Great Films Directed by Women Pt. 1

    Not too long ago I asked the Sound On Sight staff to choose their ten favourite films of all time. The result led to mixed reactions (both by staff and readers), and some angry feedback. But how could any of us select only ten films from the thousands we’ve seen and walk away happy with […] More

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