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Film review contributor Keith Waterfield is a writer based in Montreal.


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'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' Review: Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson Showcase

Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona I saw Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona at its Canadian premiere at the 32nd Montreal World Film Festival to a sold-out crowd in the beautiful Italian Renaissance-styled Imperial Theatre. The audience – people of all ages and types – had been there for nearly an hour before the show started. Now, one thing I have been hearing or reading a lot about new Woody Allen films is that people long for the “old” Woody. They complain that new Woody Allen films are not really Woody Allen films. Well, I hate those comments. It is so easy for audience members to get stuck on early feats such as Annie Hall […]


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'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' Review: Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson Showcase



'I Killed My Mother': Xavier Dolan Teen vs. Mom Movie

'I Killed My Mother' with Xavier Dolan and Anne Dorval. Xavier Dolan's semi-autobiographical J'ai tué ma mère / I Killed My Mother has been getting a lot of attention, mostly because Dolan is 19 and has won three awards at Cannes 2009 for his first film. A former child actor, Dolan spent some of his acting money to make this film about an adolescent (played by himself) who hates his mother. I really wanted to like I Killed My Mother because it's Canadian and made by such a young fellow. I even thought Dolan could be the Canadian Orson Welles! But he's not, and I Killed My Mother is definitely not Citizen Kane. Although Dolan's screenplay is certainly interesting, it's […]


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'I Killed My Mother': Xavier Dolan Teen vs. Mom Movie



'Whatever Works' Movie Review: Woody Allen

Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood Woody Allen's return to NYC has resulted in one of his best comedies in years. Of course, he hasn't been making comedic films of late, but whatever. “Hello, I Must Be Going” by Groucho Marx plays during the opening credits of Whatever Works. The song is perfect for setting the film's contradictory tone. At the start, Boris (Larry David) speaks directly to the audience, commenting that this is not a feel-good movie - if you want to feel good, get a foot massage. His character is miserable, a pessimist suffering from “I'm a genius and everyone else sucks” disease. (I'm sure we have all felt this way at some point or another - at least […]


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'Whatever Works' Movie Review: Woody Allen



'Baghead': Movie Extras Take Control

Baghead, the newest release by the brothers Jay and Mark Duplass, played at Montreal's Just For Laughs Film Festival to a packed audience. Baghead has been advertised as a creepy movie about young people in a cabin in the woods, who are stalked and hunted. In truth, Baghead is more about four young extras who decide to take control of their own future by writing a feature film starring themselves, and then setting out to make it. Brothers Matt and Chad (Ross Partridge and Steve Zissis) convince their friends Catherine and Michelle (Elise Muller and Greta Gerwig) to go to their uncle's cabin for the weekend to write and make a film. Matt and Catherine are an on-again, off-again couple, […]


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'Baghead': Movie Extras Take Control



'Pineapple Express' Movie: Seth Rogen & James Franco Comedy

I saw the newest Apatovian effort, Pineapple Express, at a Just for Laughs Film Festival press screening in Montreal. Directed by David Gordon Green, with a screenplay by Seth Rogen and his close friend Evan Goldberg (both of Superbad fame), Pineapple Express was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting the film to be silly, rude, immature, tripe, and common. And while it is silly, rude, and immature, it is also hilarious and happens to be neither common nor tripe. Now, I must admit that these udd Apatow-Seth Rogen ventures are a guilty pleasure. A funny Canadian with a beard (Rogen) and a guy who wants to make Hollywood more relaxed when it comes to seeing penises on screen (Apatow) appeal […]


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'Pineapple Express' Movie: Seth Rogen & James Franco Comedy



BAGHDAD HIGH Ivan O'Mahoney and Laura Winter

The Boys from Baghdad High / Baghdad High (TV, 2008) Dir.: Ivan O'Mahoney and Laura Winter. Featuring: Hayder Khalid, Mohammad Raed, Anmar Refat, Ali Shadman     When I sat down to watch Ivan O'Mahoney and Laura Winter's Baghdad High – The Boys of Baghdad High in the United Kingdom, where it was initially shown – I didn't know what to expect. Baghdad High is a documentary about four Baghdad male youths entering their final year of high school. They have each been given cameras and asked to document their experiences. The year is 2006, which was a grueling time for Iraq. In October '06, the month they began school, 2,722 Iraqis were killed – most of them because of […]


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BAGHDAD HIGH Ivan O'Mahoney and Laura Winter



'Repo! The Genetic Opera': Darren Lynn Bousman, Alexa Vega Interview

On July 18, the day of the world premiere of Repo! The Genetic Opera, I was fortunate enough to be able to interview the film's director, Darren Lynn Bousman, best known for his Saw films, and star, Alexa Vega, of Spy Kids fame, at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. They had been doing interviews all morning and I was around for some of that time watching them be passed around from media to media, each time giving the most excited and passionate responses. Even though they had been probably answering the same questions hundreds of times, they never lacked enthusiasm or gave a hint of boredom. Whereas most media present interviewed the director and star together, I got to […]


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'Repo! The Genetic Opera': Darren Lynn Bousman, Alexa Vega Interview



REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA Darren Lynn Bousman

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) Dir.: Darren Lynn Bousman. Scr.: Terrance Zdunich and Darren Smith. Starring: Anthony Stewart Head, Alexa Vega, Terrance Zdunich, Sarah Brightman, Bill Moseley, Paris Hilton, Ogre, Paul Sorvino     The world premiere of Repo! The Genetic Opera took place at Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival on Friday, July 18. When I approached the theatre (over an hour early) there were hundreds of dedicated fans – who knew about the film through the original play, snippets of songs, online blogs, or short trailers – wrapped around the building, all waiting to see one of the most imaginative and spellbinding films to come out in recent memory. Some people had driven across the border to be there that […]


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REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA Darren Lynn Bousman





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