After the Credits Episode 41 – VIFF 2008 Wrap Up

Click the little Audio Icon until we get our Widget back in order: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (36.9MB) To download show directly, paste this link into your downloader: http://www.rowthree.com/audio/AfterTheCredits-Episode41.MP3 Colleen (353 Haiku Review) and Marina count down their top 10 films from VIFF while Dale (Digital Doodles), chimes in with...

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VIFF Review Roundoup #3

In this last installment, we have reviews of: Hunger Three Monkeys Eat, For This Is My Body Tôkyô! The Class Basically, the last of the good. Click on the film’s title to jump directly to the review. Hunger The list of “must sees” at this year’s VIFF was slightly longer than last year’s. As I discover more festivals and track more films, the list of those to...

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VIFF Review Roundoup #2

In this second instalment, we have reviews of: Let the Right One In Waltz with Bashir The Desert Within Welcome to the Sticks Click on the film’s title to jump directly to the review. Let the Right One In I wouldn’t say I’m an expert on vampire films, there are a whole lot of films before the 1980’s which feature vampires that I’ve yet to, and will likely...

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VIFF Review Roundoup #1

In a somewhat sad attempt to get caught up on my VIFF reviews (please forgive me, it was crazy during the festival and I was very, very ill over the long weekend), many of which are still outstanding, I’ll be shortening the majority of them into capsule reviews and expanding on a few others for which I have a lot more to say. So, here we go into round one....

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VIFF Review: Mothers & Daughters

It’s been a great year for Canadian film but it’s been particularly joyous for local filmmaker Carl Bessai. Earlier this year, Normal (our review) presented what appeared to be a leap forward for Bessai, a director whose work has always been interesting but whose scripts always seemed to be missing a little something. The script and story for Normal seemed more...

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VIFF Review: Burn the Bridges

Francisco Franco’s feature film debut Burn the Bridges reads like a cliché buffet: incest, homoeroticism, broken family, death and abuse. How many other social problems can really be crammed into a film? Though reading the description is likely to make the seasoned viewer turn a cheek but there was something about the trailer that suggested more than just...

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VIFF Review: Heaven on Earth

Canadian director Deepa Mehta is quite the talent. People either know her for her lighthearted comedic approaches to marriage, family, relationships and love like Bollywood/Hollywood and The Republic of Love while others will be more familiar with her Elements Trilogy of which Water is head and shoulders above the rest. Going into Mehta’s new film Heaven and...

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VIFF Review: Happy-Go-Lucky

Soon after its UK release, there was talk that Mike Leigh’s new film was unlike anything the director had worked on in the past. Considering that I’ve only seen Leigh’s Secrets & Lies and Vera Drake, watching the trailer for Happy-Go-Lucky suggested that the assumption was correct but having seen Leigh’s newest offering, I’m not so sure the sentiment...

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VIFF Review: A Christmas Tale

Family get togethers are always tricky. Even in the best of situations they mean seeing and interacting with family that one tries to avoid for the other 364 days of the year. For the most part, they’re rather uneventful events but in the movies, it’s always about the drama. Such is the case with Arnaud Desplechin’s painfully long, over dramatic A Christmas...

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VIFF Review: Passage

Sought after by explorers for centuries as a possible trade route, the Northwest Passage was a mysterious beast. A sea route through the Arctic Ocean, one would think that the various expeditions that set out in search for it, many returning battered if at all, would discourage the continued search but blame it on humanity’s fascination with the unattainable or...

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