Heavy Metal In Baghdad (VBS.TV, 2007)


The Right to Thrash in Post-War Iraq Despite the enthusiastic fan base (albeit small) heavy metal is not a welcome musical style in Iraq.…

Atonement (Joe Wright, 2008)


In The Death of Satan: How Americans have lost the sense of evil Andrew Delbanco puts a new spin on an old problem: A…

The Way, Way Back (Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, 2013)


Trivia The writer-director team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash play ‘Roddy’ and ‘Lewis’ who work at the Water Wizz pool-park In an interview,…

Another Year (Mike Leigh, 2010)


Features & First Impressions 1. Over at the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick Laselle writes about Another Year that it “is not for Mike Leigh…

The Emperor’s Club (Ethan Canin & Neil Tolkin, 2002)


Features & First Impressions The ‘inspirational-teacher’ genre has proven attractive to Hollywood: think Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939),

The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015)


The power of money and greed On September 15, 2008 the Wall Street bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. It was the beginning of…

Henry Poole is Here (Albert Torres, 2008)


1. What was your first impression? What lines of dialogue, visual settings or aspects of the soundtrack stood out to you? 2. What genre…

Lars and the Real Girl (Craig Gillespie, 1997)


Features & First Impressions 1. Reviewer Louise Keller (Urban Cinefile) writes, “This charmer of a film is one you will never forget. The elements…

Seducing Doctor Lewis (Jean-Francois Pouliot, 2004)

Culture / Movies

Features & First Impressions 1. Despite winning 14 awards at various Canadian and U.S. film festivals in 2003 and 2004 (including the audience award…

What Dreams May Come (Vincent Ward, 1998)


Features & First Impressions 1. Reviewer James Berardinelli says, “What Dreams May Come has the sensibilities of an art film placed into a big-budget…