Thursday Movie Picks #42: All in the Family Edition – Father-Daughter Relationships (Biologically Related)

Happy Thursday everyone! This is another entry to the weekly Thursday Movie Picks that's spearheaded by Wandering Through the Shelves Blog. Here's the gist: The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if …

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Wordless Wednesday: the unrequited love of ‘The Age of Innocence’

In honor of the double birthday of Michelle Pfeiffer (57) and Daniel Day-Lewis (58), I thought I'd highlight their work (and scorching chemistry) in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence. It remains one of my all time favorite period dramas (and one of my faves of the 90s), and that unrequited love story never fails …

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April 2015 Blind Spot – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

As far as film blind spot goes, this is perhaps one of the most glaring for me given its iconic status. Well, better late than never right? Forty seven years after its release, I finally get what the fuss is about. Now, I'm not saying I *get* the movie, mind you. In fact, it's the kind …

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MSPIFF 2015 Reviews: Unlikely Heroes (Schweizer Helden) + El Crítico (The Film Critic)

Unlikely Heroes (Schweizer Helden) An uneven picture, Unlikely Heroes is about Sabine (Esther Gemsch), a middle-aged woman in the midst of a lengthy separation from her husband and devolving relationships with friends. She is emotionally unstable. But when she stumbles on a home for asylum seekers, she finds purpose in trying to introduce psychodrama, a …

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MSPIFF 2015 Reviews: Belle et Sébastien + The Keeping Room

Belle et Sebastien Despite being sometimes sappy and overly safe, Belle et Sébastien still mostly succeeds, primarily because Sebastian (Felix Bossuet) and Belle (a dog) are captivatingly adorable. It helps that their bond of friendship is keenly developed, as well. The film opens with a group of mountain men, including Cesar (Tcheky Karyo), Sebastian’s primary caretaker, hunting …

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FlixChatter Review: Ex Machina

There have been a plethora of films about man and machine or man vs machine in Hollywood. From cult classics like Blade Runner, Terminator to most recent ones like Robot & Frank, Chappie, etc., clearly not all are created equal. I'd say that this Alex Garland's original story has some striking similarities to the 2013 …

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Everybody’s Chattin’ + Question of the Week: shameless tv/movie indulgence

Happy almost-weekend peeps! Is it Friday yet? It's been quite a hectic week at the office, rushing against deadlines and all that, but let's not talk about work on the blog shall we? I mean this is supposed to be my escape! I almost forgot doing the LINKS post but there have been some great …

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MSPIFF 2015 Film Spotlight: The Center – Interview with filmmaker Charlie Griak & lead actor Matt Cici

One of the most exciting parts of MSPIFF 2015 are the regional premieres of various films, and this one has a personal connection to the city. Produced by Jonathan Demme (director of Silence of the Lamb, Philadelphia, Beloved) and shot locally in St Paul, Charlie Griak’s atmospheric debut focuses on a vulnerable young man who falls …

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Weekend Roundup: Ex Machina, more Daredevil, BORGIA (2011) & a new obsession

I thought I'd take a bit of a break from MSPIFF to give you a bit of a rundown of how last week's been going so far, which is perhaps one of my favorite weeks so far in terms of movie-viewing. Just occurred to me that three films I saw in the past week might …

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MSPIFF 2015 Reviews: Bogowie (Gods) + To Life! + A Brilliant Young Mind (X Plus Y)

Gods (Bogowie) A thrilling biopic about a 1980s era cardiologist bringing heart transplants to Poland, Gods is often riveting. Start with director Lukasz Palkowski’s opening, when he montages the fallout from the first ever (failed) attempt by a Polish doctor to transplant a heart from one patient to another. Here the director immediately and powerfully …

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