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    Halfway Mark: The Best Movies of 2014 (so far) Part 1

    Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. For film fans, a quality feature can come out at any time, from any one, and discovering an enjoyable and well-crafted feature is truly a pleasure. As we reach the halfway point of the year, many excellent films have already […] More

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    2013 in Film: A Year of Love (Part 3)

    In American cinema, fate is often presented as a path leading to success – especially when it comes to love.  People meet, fall head-over-heels for one another, experience a setback or two, then live happily ever after.  In films outside of Hollywood, love stories are more realistic, and more in tune with subjective experiences of […] More

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    2013 in Film: A Year of Love (Part 2)

    Directed by Alain Guiraudie and photographed beautifully by Claire Mathon, Stranger by the Lake has drawn comparisons to the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock, and rightly so. The atmosphere is one of chilling tension and highly controlled camera work, with point-of-view shots being used to draw attention to the role of both the cruising space and […] More

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    Sound On Sight Podcast #378: Best of 2013

    2013 is dead; long live 2013. To memorialize a year that wasn’t short on contentious debate in the film world, Josh Spiegel, Simon Howell and Edgar Chaput take a moment to identify what they believed to be the tall trees in that forest, selecting their respective Top 5s (with next to no overlap!), honourable mentions, […] More

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    Staff List: The 30 Best Films of 2013

    As with any year, some people have begun arguing that 2013 was a bad year for film, because of the expected glut of effects-heavy blockbusters that litter the multiplexes each summer, or because there was a lack of auteur-driven storytelling for the majority of the year. Though it is indeed frustrating that studios hold their […] More

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    50 Best Movie Posters of 2013

    Movie poster artists are without a doubt some of the most vital yet overlooked contributors to cinematic history. Long before the invention of the television and the internet, filmmakers relied on movie posters to persuade audiences to watch their films. Ever since the late 19th century, posters (or then simple 8 x 10 inch lobby […] More

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    ‘Stranger By The Lake’ and ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ – Sound On Sight Podcast #370

    With the (wider) release of Abdellatif Kekiche’s widely-discussed Blue Is the Warmest Colour (aka La Vie d’Adéle), Ricky, Josh and Simon thought it a good time for a roundup of recent, acclaimed fare that touches on LGBTQ issues and depictions. First up is Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, a noirish thriller that takes place entirely within the open […] More

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    FNC 2013: ‘L’inconnu du lac’ proves that sex on the beach can be deadly

    There is a certain simplicity in Alain Guiraudie’s L’inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake) not seen in many films these days. However, that is not to say this is a simple film; it happens to run deep with emotion, stimulation, and humor. The story is set in what appears to be the early 1990s in the south of France, where local men gather around a crystalline lake to swim, sunbathe in the nude, and cruise. Starring Pierre Deladonchamps as Franck, a sensitive and curious young man; and Christophe Paou as Michel, a seductively dangerous stranger, the film is suspenseful, sexy, and smart, not to mention beautifully shot. More

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    NYFF 2013, Day One Dispatch: ‘Like Father, Like Son’; ‘Stranger by the Lake’; ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’; ‘Nobody’s Daughter Haewon’

    Like Father, Like Son There’s a sweetness and emotional weight to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s tales about children and family dynamics that instantly recalls another great Japanese auteur, Yasujiro Ozu. Kore-eda’s previous film, 2011’s I Wish, follows a pair of brothers who plot a long-traveled reunion following their parents’ separation. Over the course of two breezy hours, […] More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘Stranger by the Lake’ is erotic, tense, and surprisingly moving

    Despite the fact that it’s now 2013, it’s still the case that nothing destabilizes the dialogue surrounding a film quite like explicit depictions of sex, especially when it’s of the same-sex variety. Just ask Abdellatif Kekiche, whose Palme D’Or-winning Blue is the Warmest Color has been dogged with controversy for its allegedly lascivious depictions of lesbian sex. More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘Stranger by the Lake’ is a haunting and moody offering of queer cinema

    Stranger by the Lake Written and directed by Alain Guiraudie France, 2013 Having already won the Queer Palm earlier in the year at Cannes, French director Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake should easily endure as a confident and bold entry in the gay cinema canon. While it operates as a rigorously challenging experience, what Guiraudie has accomplished is nothing […] More

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    A (straight) person’s guide to talking about queer cinema

    Growing up gay as a suburban teenager in the mid 90s, my access to queer culture was severely limited (ie nonexistent). Before the proliferation of the internet, one relied on the “gay” section in bookstores and video stores, if there even was one, to seek out examples of visible representation in the media throughout the […] More