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VIFF Review: The Strange Little Cat

It might be enough to describe The Strange Little Cat as subtle and contemporary, yet this minimal-themed film is a little too quaint to settle with a simplified observation. Its characters don't beg to be analyzed, although they reflect the passive-aggressive attitude which the film portrays. This compels their spectators to continue watching, and waiting for the next offbeat response.

 

Author: 
Carmela Akiatan
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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Midnight’s Children at VIFF

Given that he’s best known in the media for having a fatwa against him [a price on his head] , readers of this review may not realize that Salman Rushdie is a very funny writer. Actually, that’s why he does have a fatwa against him – because his famous book The Satanic Verses is to Islam what Monty Python’s film The Life of Brian is to Christianity.

Author: 
Frieda Werden
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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Grace of My Heart

This film really gives a great behind the scenes look at the pop making process and is believed to be loosely inspired by the life of Carole King

Directed by: Allison Anders

Cast: Illeana Douglas, John Turturro, Matt Dillion, Eric Stolz, Bridget Fonda, Chris Isaak

Author: 
Spencer Sam
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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Jess + Moss

The film is superbly acted by the two leads which is crucial for the film’s success as 95% of the movie is just two of them on screen.

Author: 
Dan Mcpeake
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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ViFF

This film was amazing.  No One Killed Jessica is touching and it has real meaning.

    The closest North American peer that comes to mind would be Milk (which I also recommend checking out).

    By focusing on the case of the murder of Jessica Lall, it tells an important story of the corruption and hypocrisy of the courts in India but speaks to each legal system in the world. 

Author: 
Tracey Schmidt
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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ViFF

This film can not just simply disappear from your memory but will linger for a long time to come.

Honey Pupu is a truly remarkable feature which was a delight to watch.  Winning four Taipei Film Awards in cinematography, soundtrack, as well as acting (lead actress) and direction, while viewing it you can see how each of these aspects truly are deserving.

Author: 
Tracey Schmidt
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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ViFF

The VIFF program describes “ELENA” as a “highly unsettling thriller” but it’s not a thriller in the conventional sense.

This film is a darkly lyrical comment, both philosophical and ruthless, on the lengths a woman would go to help her own flesh-and-blood, even when she knows her son is a good-for-nothing lazy oaf, who is unemployed and keeps impregnating his wife and breeding a pack of good-for-nothings like himself. Therein lies the irony and the humanity in this subtlely intense film.

 

Author: 
Denise Mok
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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ViFF

Werner Herzog is not your typical filmmaker.

Author: 
Dan Mcpeake
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Morgan Spurlock sells out in his latest documentary "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" 

What do Ralph Nader, Noam Chomsky, and Brett Ratner all have in common? They are some of the high-profile interview subjects in Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”. What do Mane & Tail, Sheetz, and Amy’s Pizza have to do with the film? They are the sponsors of it. 

Author: 
Dan Mcpeake
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
  • By: Administrator
THE YEAR DOLLY PARTON WAS MY MOM

Coming-of-age with the Queen of Country. Endeavours host and CJSF reviewer Dan McPeake takes a gander at Canadian director Tara Johns' first feature ...

There's something sweet to be said on the charm of indie cinema and its intimate, often offbeat depictions of family life like the one in The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom. 

Author: 
Dan Mcpeake
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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