Year 2018

Wong Kar-wei’s Chungking Express

Whenever I get upset with myself for how many things I’ve yet to see or do, particularly when it comes to movies, I like to remind myself that everything comes when it needs to. The opportunity to see a film… Continue Reading →

Looking Good – Mickey Mouse at 90.

There’s a unmarked, modest building in the vicinity of Disney’s Los Angeles studios that doesn’t look like much from the outside. Yet, behind its doors lie temperature-controlled vaults housing a treasure trove of animation history. It isn’t accessible to the… Continue Reading →

Amazing Grace – the Long-Awaited Aretha Franklin Documentary

“She can sing anything. She can sing Three Blind Mice. Any-thing,” the Reverend James Cleveland tells the congregation gathered at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in South Los Angeles. It’s January 1972, and Cleveland is welcoming the congregation to… Continue Reading →

Free Solo

File this one under Movies That Simply Must Be Seen on the Big Screen. If you were a fan of Meru, the 2015 documentary from Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi about Chin’s ascent to the 21 000 foot-high Meru Peak… Continue Reading →

Of Popstars and Addicted Boys – The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

This year’s Toronto Film Fest overlapped in theme for more than a few movies. There were tales of addiction and rehabilitation in Ben is Back, Beautiful Boy, Boy Erased — and yes, about boys. There were tales of female pop… Continue Reading →

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