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    50 Best Films of 2014

    40. Night Moves Since 2006, Kelly Reichardt has found a way to reach inside of the hearts of her audiences, plucking out strings one by one with desolate re-imaginations of the American Pacific Northwest, seen through the eyes of people not so different than ourselves. With Meek’s Cutoff, she departed from her typical genre and moved […] More

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    Music in the Movies 2014

      Burning Down the House –Talking Heads, Nymphomaniac It makes sense that an auteur as provocative and anarchic as Lars von Trier would use something as lyrically anarchic as the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House”, a track whose title is taken relatively literally as we watch Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) burn the car of her […] More

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    Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

      Childhood Memories: ‘Sneak Previews’ When renowned film critic, Roger Ebert, died last year, there was a huge outpouring of appreciation from film lovers around the world.  He was an ambassador for cinema who introduced audiences to countless films they might have otherwise missed.  Ebert and his long-time partner, Gene Siskel, started reviewing movies on […] More

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    ‘Mommy’ is a thrilling, absolutely breathtaking piece of cinema

    Montreal actor, writer and director Xavier Dolan’s fifth film Mommy is without a doubt one of the best of the year. Although thematically similar to his 2009 debut J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), which won three separate awards at Cannes that year, Mommy follows the mother’s perspective of the relationship instead of that of the son’s. It is interesting, despite their many parallels, how very different the two films actually are. With Mommy, Dolan not only seems more assured of himself as a filmmaker but appears to have developed into quite an auteur as well. Creating a film so close in theme to his first can be seen as somewhat of a gamble, for many individuals might fear the film to be repetitious, a carbon copy, yet here is where Dolan demonstrates his disturbingly instinctual talent. Because he revisits the mother-son leitmotif in his works, he is strengthening both his storytelling as well as his understanding of the unique relationship. In the five years since his introductory film, he has grown from adolescent to adult, resulting in a shift from youthful intuition to a certain maturity on the subject. The result is downright brilliant. More

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    ‘Fury’, ‘Foxcatcher’, ‘Mr. Turner’ headline BFI 58th London Film Festival 2014

    [via the BFI] The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. The lineup includes highly anticipated fall titles including David Ayer’s Fury, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Sundance smash Whiplash, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, The […] More

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    The Telluride Film Festival announces its 2014 line-up

    As per tradition, the Telluride Film Festival announced its line-up today, just one day before it kicks off. Here is a brief overview of the programming: The 41st Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following 25 new feature films to play in its main program: • THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT (d. Martin Scorsese, David […] More

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    TIFF: ‘Mommy’ leads lineup of Canadian films

      The Toronto International Film Festival may just be getting too big with the absurd number of films it has each year, but it still makes room for some hometown heroes. TIFF has just announced its lineup of Canadian Films that will screen at this year’s festival. Leading the group is first time filmmaker Xavier […] More