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Venus ascending

I keep hearing about Venus lately. There’s the novel by Sacher-Masoch, namely Venus in Furs. Yes that’s the Sacher-Masoch whose name has been immortalized in the word masochism, a reminder that sometimes fame isn’t always desirable.  You write a novel … Continue reading

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Blade Runner 2049 and the first film

I have a good memory. The first Blade Runner (1982 ) was not a big success, at least not at first.  I remember the review in the Toronto Star by Ron Base. He didn’t like it.  At one point (perhaps … Continue reading

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Sofia Coppola Retrospective at TIFF

Sofia Coppola: A Name of Her Own — Retrospective revisits the works of the American auteur following her recent Cannes Best Director win December 8 — December 17 TIFF Bell Lightbox   The Virgin Suicides (1999) The Beguiled (2017) Marie Antoinette (2006) “The … Continue reading

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The Big Sick

I don’t usually see movies when they’re brand new.  But I feel daring and all caught up because I’ve just seen The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani’s auto-biographical comedy. It’s a film that came out back in January. It feels even … Continue reading

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The Poetry of Apocalypse: The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky at TIFF

The Poetry of Apocalypse: The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky First Toronto retrospective in 15 years devoted to the visionary Russian auteur, including full theatrical runs for sci-fi masterpieces Stalkerand Solaris November 9 — 30, 2017 TIFF Bell Lightbox The Mirror (1974), Photo Credit: Janus Films … Continue reading

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Inter-textual Strauss

Composer Richard Strauss often dropped subtle references to other works into his scores. We’re accustomed to this in poetry, drama or film, where a quote can add depths to our experience, but it’s especially powerful when we recall how abstract … Continue reading

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Not so Silent Film at TIFF

“The Enchanted Screen: Fantasy in Silent Film” at TIFF represent two matinees assembled from the silent era with live accompaniment. 1) Digital restoration of Fritz Lang’s Destiny (1921) with piano accompaniment by Marilyn Lerner. August 5 at 1:00 p.m 2)Herbert … Continue reading

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