The Fever,
Wallace Shawn

This little play, Wallace Shawn's monologue of 112 pages, rocked me when I first encountered it at the Vancouver Fringe Festival sometime in the mid '90s. Perhaps I'll add some commentary later, but for now, try these links: A reading...

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being,
Philip Kaufman

Posted at 12:19 PM

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Milan Kundera this film features Daniel Day Lewis, Juliet Binoche and Lena Olin, the two women in their breakout performances. This was not a simple adaptation by any means. Kundera's text...

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Bogart and Bergman

Posted at 01:32 PM

For me, the quintessential dramatic film. It's hard to believe the makers were writing the script as they shot it, making the result a likely triumph of editing. Crisp, meaningful dialog, every line of which moves the story forward. Laughs,...

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Lars von Trier

Posted at 01:35 PM

The Vancouver International Film Festival annually commissions several promotional short films which are broadcast on television and shown before every festival screening. In 2003, the theme was "what if the characters in the film were actually living in the film?"...

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The Snow Walker,
Farley Mowat

Posted at 12:34 AM

A fairly simple but beautifully shot and effective clash of cultures film. A bush pilot and his ailing Inuit passenger crash land in the high Arctic. Of course it is the Inuit girl's traditional living skills which save him from...

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The Company,
Robert Altman

Posted at 10:59 PM

The latest from Robert Altman, of whom I am a reserved fan. Altman, when he's on, hits them out of the park, as he did with The Player but when he's off, as he was with Pret a Porter, he's...

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