After the Credits Episode 90 – VIFF 2010 Wrap-Up

Colleen (Mary Ostler Wood Butchery & Other Stuff), Khaled (@khaled_ca) and I look back at the 2010 edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival, reminisce about a couple of movies and count down our top 5. Also big shout outs to Rich (@seattlefilmblog) of A Random Walk Through Film and Bill, our Victoria buddy, for pitching in with lists of their...

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VIFF 2010 Review: The Woodmans

Being outside of the art world, aside from the occasional sensation that comes erupting out of some gallery and to national (and sometimes international) notoriety, the Woodmans were outside my limited vision, but the image that accompanied C. Scott Willis’ documentary in the festival catalogue haunted me. The Woodmans is just as haunting as the image that...

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VIFF 2010 Review: Carlos

It doesn’t seem right that Olivier Assayas’ new film should be shown as one film rather than a three part miniseries as it was originally intended. The reason this doesn’t seem fair, or perhaps “right” is the better term, is the running time. Clocking in at over five hours (regardless of which cut you’ve seen) Carlos is a marathon session of film viewing but...

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VIFF 2010 Review: The White Meadows

Every once in a while, for me it happens every four or five years, you see something that is so beautiful that it’s nearly impossible to believe it was shot on the planet we live on. Forget the green screens and CGI and let’s talk Tarsem and his talent for shooting locations and making them look like creations of the mind. Out of this real world comes a...

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VIFF 2010 Review: The Tree

Charlotte Gainsbourg has made another movie in which a tree plays a large role. Now don’t go running off yet, this new film is thankfully devoid of terror and mutilation though it does still feature Gainsbourg suffering, this time from the death of her husband. Julie Bertucelli’s The Tree stars Gainsbourg as Dawn, a mother of four whose husband has recently...

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VIFF 2010 Review: Wagner & Me

Wagner has never been my cup of tea but any opportunity to spend time with the fabulous Stephen Fry is one I must at least consider. Add in the fact that Patrick McGrady’s new documentary follows Fry as he comes to terms with the cloud that surrounds Wagner, both his own personal anti-Semitism and the abuse of Wagner’s music by the Nazis, this was one I...

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VIFF 2010 Review: A Film Unfinished

In the 1940s, the Nazi’s shot an unfinished film about life within the Warsaw Ghetto, a film that for years was used as a document of life within the ghetto. And then a few years ago, a new, previously unseen reel of the film was found, forever changing the meaning of the images we’d previously seen and taken in as fact. Yael Hersonski’s documentary A Film...

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VIFF 2010 Review: The Ugly Duckling

FFrom Russia comes one of the best animated films I’ve seen in years. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story, animator Garri Bardin’s The Ugly Duckling is a gorgeous achievement in stop motion animation which brings to life the tale of a duckling who doesn’t quite fit. Hatched from an egg that doesn’t quite belong, he doesn’t fit in the coop he lives in...

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VIFF 2010 Review: Into Eternity

As the credits rolled and lights slowly rose after the screening of Michael Madsen’s documentary Into Eternity, the few hundred people at the screening, myself included, sat in stunned silence. I’m sure many were sharing the exact same thought I had: what are we doing about our nuclear waste? Madsen’s film takes a look at Onkalo, the nuclear waste disposal...

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VIFF 2010 Review: The Mysteries of Lisbon

A story teller with experience in both film and television, director Raúl Ruiz was looking to leave his mark on Portuguese and world cinema and his epic Mysteries of Lisbon, an adaptation of a much loved novel by Camilo Castelo Branco, certainly is a new achievement in feature length historical dramas. It’s a story of romance and mystery, a tale where no one is...

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