Star Wars: The Force is wimpy




The force is not strong with this one. The one?  Writer- director Rian Johnson, who’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is by far, far away the weakest entry of the popular franchise.

We were asked not to give away any plot twists. Anyway we can’t, the plot is too thin. One full sentence about it would give away too much.  You probably already figured out Luke Skywalker is returning since Rey found him at the end of episode 7 (plus, why else would Mark Hamill do promos for it?).  So yes, that Rey girl (Daisy Ridley) will try to convince ‘Master’ Luke to get back and kick some Stormtroopers while her Rebel friends (Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega are back) fly around in every direction. The outcome being your usual hide and seek game between good and Evil (as in Dark Side of the Force) and trying to know who’s your next of kin. Carrie Fisher is also back, looking and sounding more Continue reading


Suspiria – 4K Restoration



Dario Argento’s 1977 groundbreaking and influential horror extravaganza Suspiria is back on the big screen (a blu-Ray is also on the way), thanks to an unbelievably gorgeous 4K restoration by those guys at Synapse Films. The restoration team benefited from supervision and approval by the film’s cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, starting work (three years ago) from the original uncut 35mm Italian camera negative. They were able to recover the originally intended 4.0 surround sound mix,  so Goblin’s legendary score will haunt you with more efficiency…

Previous transfers of Suspiria had either tons of missing elements or recreated the lower quality Eastman process of film transfer. From now on, with this impressive release, we get pristine technicolor treatment, intended colors you’ve never seen. It is Christmas before time for aficionados and even for film buffs who are not necessarily fans of the genre. Suspiria benefits from the same kind of royal treatment Visconti’s Il Gattopardo got a few years back.

This is one major theatrical re-release, not to be missed if you love films.


*** For Montrealers, Cinema du Parc is showing Suspiria 4K from December 1-7 in a special engagement.  — Rest of the World, check your local listings.

Synapse official Blu-Ray Release : December 31st 2017


The Square (Sweden – 2017)



Our series on Oscar contenders continues…

When the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced, next January, Cannes’ Palm d’Or, Ruben Östlund’s The Square, will probably be one of the lucky five in the ‘Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film’ category.

After humble beginnings with intriguing contemporary low budget character (and behavior) studies, Gitarrmongot (2004), Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga, 2008) and Play (2011), Östlund hit it big on the festival circuit in 2014 with the celebrated Force Majeure (Turist). A career build up that led to this more sophisticated new opus.

In the acerbic comedy-drama, The Square, Christian, a big time modern art museum curator in Stockholm, faces crisis on multiple fronts, both professionally and personally. By trying to create controversy, the young public relation team of the museum get plenty of what they asked for. Too much of it. And while trying to handle the situation, getting out of control, Christian must also Continue reading

Lady Bird (US – 2017)



When the tricky Oscar buzz is at the gate, there is usually one or two Indie contenders. This year, actress Greta Gerwig’s second film as adirector, Lady Bird, falls into such category. It is praised in almost every lists around.

An partially agreeable coming-of-age comedy drama boosting lovable performance by lead actress Saoirse Ronan ( Hanna, Atonement, Brooklyn), Lady Bird introduces us into the world of Christine a young adolescent woman, in Sacramento, year 2002. Bored by how life goes on in her city, she dreams of going to college in NY.

Through one year in the life of Christine we get episodic honest drama and humor with friends, parents, teachers, etc. Nice.


The Oscar buzz for this film is beyond me. We’ve (approximately) seen this Continue reading

Animation Summits 2017 – Montreal


The 2017 Animation summits begin today in Montreal and go from November 22-26 at Cinémathèque Québécoise and Centre PHI.

The opening film is Benjamin Renner (Ernest et Célestine) and Patrice Imbert’s enjoyable (and family oriented) slap stick feature (the Oscar contender) The Big bad fox and other tales, full of loony and sympathetic animals trying to be bad but with not much success.

Cam Christiansen’s The Wall will close the fest with Continue reading