April 20, 2010

À tout Prendre, (Claude Jutra, 1964)

À tout prendre, le premier long métrage de fiction de Claude Jutra, est un journal autobiographique. Il relate une liaison amoureuse entre Claude, jeune cinéaste bourgeois québécois, et Johanne, mannequin et noire. À leur rencontre dans une soirée mondaine, Claude est frappé par la beauté exotique de Johanne et tente de la séduire. L’introduction de Johanne est intéressante, car, à […]
April 20, 2010

L’âge des ténèbres (Denys Arcand, 2007)

C’EST QUOI : Jean-Marc Leblanc, un fonctionnaire de l’État, se réfugie dans ses fantasmes pour échapper aux dures réalités de sa vie. C’EST COMMENT : Précédé d’une critique mitigée, l’Âge des Ténèbres est une agréable surprise. Labreche est par moments crédible, mais entouré d’une solide distribution internationale. Arcand, le plus reconnu des réalisateurs québécois, vide ici son sac sur la bureaucratie gouvernementale, […]
April 20, 2010

Love Exposure (Shion Sono, 2008)

Hoping for a closer relationship with his heartbroken father, his father a recently anointed priest in the Catholic Church, their relationship limited to the confessional, Yu Tsunoda begins to master the art of photographing women’s undergarments with masterful “pervert” techniques or, let me be clearer, photographing strangers and passers-by using “pervert gymnastics” to catch a glimpse under women’s dresses. Forced […]
April 20, 2010

Antique (Kyu-dong Min, 2008)

His motivations nebulous, a young man opens a neighborhood Western-style bakery called Antique, employing a host of off-the-wall characters: a gay chef of international calibre whose pastries can make any man, gay or straight, fall in love with him; a childhood friend and would-be bodyguard; and an irreverent young apprentice chef. The results are simply delicious. Directed by Korean director […]
April 20, 2010

Rough Cut (Hun Jang, 2008)

Unable to complete his most recent action film for lack of a decent co-star, plagued by his reputation as a brawler and previous incidents with headliners, a Korean action movie star turns to a gangster as a replacement, under the gangster’s condition that all the fight scenes they are to shoot be real fights. Co-written and produced by critically acclaimed […]
April 20, 2010

Haiti Chérie (Claudio Del Punta, 2007)

WHAT IT IS: Two young lovers, of Haitian origin, wishing to escape the utter despair of the Dominican Republic’s bateyes, travel cross-country to return to the Haitian homeland in hopes of a better life. HOW IT IS: As a road movie set on the island of Haiti, Haiti Chérie is a masterful work. Stylistically, It integrated elements from the documentary […]
April 20, 2010

Adrift In Tokyo (Satoshi Miki, 2007)

WHAT IT IS: Unable to repay his student loans, a law student in Tokyo has to accompany the debt collector on a tour of the city to wipe his slate clean. HOW IT IS: In a cluster of bizarre scenes and odd situations, Adrift in Tokyo makes us experience its city, from its empty residential streets to its Metropolis-like allure; […]
April 20, 2010

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Gavin Hood, 2009)

WHAT IT IS: James Howlett AKA Logan AKA Wolverine, the most popular of Marvel’s X-Men, gets his origins told, with a few notable appearances by identifiable X-Men characters. HOW IT IS: As action films go, Wolverine isn’t so bad. It sets up the character’s motivation well and establishes a diverse group of supporting characters for sequels to play around with. […]
April 20, 2010

Funny People (Judd Apatow, 2009)

WHAT IT IS: An ex-stand-up comedian, now a big comedy star, learns that he has a rare form of leukemia and enlists the aid of a young comedian to return to the stand-up scene. HOW IT IS: A collaboration between Hollywood’s premier comedy director and one of its most well-known comedy mainstays brings great points and comes with great expectations. […]
April 20, 2010

Dream (Kim Ki-duk, 2008):

WHAT IT IS: With his dreams, a man controls the sleepwalking of a young woman against her will. The two seem linked to each other by their past romantic experiences. Will the situation bring them closer or build to an unavoidable tragedy? HOW IT IS: With 2003’s Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter … and Spring, Kim Ki-duk had shown that he […]
April 20, 2010

Ip Man (Wilson Yip, 2008)

WHAT IT IS: Ip Man, a martial arts master, renowned for his kung fu style (Wing Chun) and soon to be for his many disciples, including Bruce Lee, must go against his own code of conduct to protect his fellow chinamen when war breaks out. HOW IT IS: Directed by Wilson Yip, Ip Man, a blockbuster Hong Kong production, has […]
April 20, 2010

3:10 To Yuma (James Mangold, 2007)

WHAT IT IS: A down-on-his-luck farmer (Christian Bale) volunteers to escort an outlaw (Russell Crowe) to the 3:10 train out of Yuma which will lead him to jail. HOW IT IS: Although Mangold (Heavy, Copland) is usually a very humanistic director, he succumbs here to the laws of the Hollywood blockbuster, arranging, at more than one occasion, inorganic plot points […]