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Peter Brunette

  • Beautiful

    14-Feb-2008

    Dir: Juhn Jaihong Korea, 2007. 88minsBeautiful, whose original title in Korean is the mellifluous 'Arumbdabda', is often confused and sometimes, especially near the end, even downright silly, but it's never wholly without interest. Its first-time 30-year-old director, Juhn Jaihong, is a protege of Kim Ki-duk, the prodigiously productive and internationally-known Korean director. In fact, Kim Ki-duk is variously listed in press materials as being the screenwriter ...
  • What No One Knows (Det Som Ingen Wed)

    13-Feb-2008

    Dir. Soren Kragh-Jacobsen. Denmark/Sweden, 2008. 95minsNow 61, Danish director Soren Kragh-Jacobsen has only made a handful of films in the last thirty years, and while they have done well in Denmark , they haven't left much of a mark elsewhere. The well-known exception was Mifune (1999) which enjoyed the distinction of US distribution. In any case, widely successful or not, all of his films, ...
  • Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2007)

    11-Feb-2008

    Dir: Cathy Randall. Australia, 2008. 103minsThis charming, highly-accomplished first feature will gladden the hearts of parents everywhere looking for a film to watch with their pre-teens, especially girls. Directed by 35-year-old South-African-born newcomer Cathy Randall, who has been working in Australia for some years, this coming-of-age story of a 13-year-old nerdy Jewish girl with braces is funny and honest, if inevitably a little bit cliched around the edges.
  • Be Like Others

    11-Feb-2008

    Dir: Tamaz Eshaghian. USA, Canada, Iran, 2008. 74minsBe Like Others , a documentary on a topic that seems almost like the start of a joke -- did you know that in Iran, homosexuality is punishable by death, but sex-change operations are not only sanctioned by the governing clerics but almost actively encouraged' -- turns out to be a thoughtful, touching, and at times even wrenching study of sexual and religious hypocrisy in that troubled land.
  • Fireflies In The Garden

    10-Feb-2008

    Dir. Dennis Lee. US. 2008. 98 minutes.
  • The Feelings Factory (La Fabrique Des Sentiments)

    10-Feb-2008

    Dir. Jean-Marc Moutout. France/ Belgium.2008, 104 minutes.
  • The Aquarium (Genenet Al Asmak)

    10-Feb-2008

    Dir. Yousry Nasrallah. Egypt/ France/ Germany, 2007. 111 mins.As undoubtedly the best-known protege of t legendary Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, Yousry Nasrallah has been working as a film critic or film-maker for nearly 30 years. Since 1988, hhee has directed a series of distinctive films that frequently show up in festivals, but that have had, internationally at least, less commercial luck. This state of affairs is not going to be much altered ...
  • Canada - Community service

    2-Nov-2007

    Contemplating the conclusion of another successful edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival (Viff), Alan Franey, the festival's director since 1988, is a happy man.
  • Rails & Ties

    21-Sep-2007

    Dir. Alison Eastwood. US, 2007. 96 mins.The feature-film directorial debut of Clint Eastwood's 35-year-old actress daughter, Alison Eastwood, Rails & Ties is an always serviceable, professionally accomplished film. Unfortunately, its ambitions are hampered by a central situation that is redolent of too many made-for-TV films, as well as by implausible plot complications that put too many disparate people together rather too conveniently.Despite ...
  • The Take

    19-Sep-2007

    Dir: Brad Furman. US 2007. 96 mins.The Take is a potentially very interesting film that suffers from a bad case of bi-polar disorder. On the one hand, a gritty, often exciting crime-and-caper movie, and on the other hand an authentic-feeling domestic drama set in one of the Latino barrios of Los Angeles, this otherwise worthy two-headed film repeatedly, and damagingly, clashes with itself.Headliners John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez do their usual ...
  • Married Life

    14-Sep-2007

    Dir: Ira Sachs, US, 2007. 90minsIra Sachs's new film Married Life commences with wonderfully droll cartoon-like credits that simultaneously amuse with their archness and efficiently evoke the 1940s era in which the film is set. Like the film as a whole, however, they promise a great deal that is, alas, never finally delivered.Despite the presence of such acting luminaries as Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, and Patricia Clarkson, as well ...
  • The Stone Angel

    13-Sep-2007

    Dir. Kari Skogland Canada , 2007. 115 minutes.The Stone Angel is a perfectly respectable, solidly-made film which, beyond the expert performance by the always reliable Ellen Burstyn, has unfortunately little to recommend it for consideration for theatrical release beyond its home territory. Adapted by director Skogland from a beloved Canadian novel by Margaret Laurence, the film lacks the punch or originality that ...
  • The Past (O Passado)

    12-Sep-2007

    Dir: Hector Babenco Argentina-Brazil 2007. 114 mins.Brazilian director Hector Babenco's latest film is an utterly misbegotten effort, a long way from his earlier successes such as Pixote and Kiss of the Spider Woman, or 2003's Carandiru. Despite the presence of international heart-throb Gael Garcia Bernal, the tortured, sometimes unwittingly laughable story about a professional translator and the three or four women he marries during the course of ...
  • Darfur Now

    11-Sep-2007

    Dir: Theodore (Ted) Braun. US, 2007, 99 minutes
  • Chaotic Ana

    11-Sep-2007

    Dir: Julio Medem. Spain, 2007, 120 minutes. Many viewers felt that director Medem's The Lovers of the Arctic Circle was one of the best films of the 1990s. Its mixture of poetic visual and verbal imagery, coupled with a strong dose of mysticism and steamy insights into love and sex, seemed to be something utterly novel, heralding a major new cinematic talent. Unfortunately, things have gone down hill from there, beginning with the sexually-obsessed Sex ...
  • Lars And The Real Girl

    11-Sep-2007

  • The Price of Sugar

    9-Aug-2007

    Dir: Bill Haney. US. 2007. 90min
  • The Orphanage

    28-May-2007

    Dir: Juan Antonio Bayona. Sp. 2007. 105mins.Executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro, currently riding the wave of international success with Pan's Labyrinth, this first feature from Juan Antonio Bayona is an excellent exercise in the Spanish-language subdivision of the horror-ghost genre that Del Toro (Cronos, The Devil's Backbone) more or less single-handedly invented.
  • Alexandra (Vishnevskaya)

    27-May-2007

    Dir: Alexander Sokurov. Russia, 2007. 92 minutes.This new effort by Russian auteur Sokurov, an anti-war minimalist 'situation' - calling it a 'tale' would imply more attention to narrative than the film warrants - set and actually shot in the ruins of Grozny, in Chechnya, is very much in the humanist-formalist tradition of this immensely talented but sometimes difficult director. For once, however, there is more accent on the humanism than the ...
  • The Edge Of Heaven (Auf Der Anderen Seite)

    24-May-2007

    Dir/scr: Fatih Akin. Ger/Tur. 2007. 122 mins. Though it's far below the level of his debut film, Head-On, which won the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2003, Fatih Akin's new film, once it comes together at the end and finally defeats the shagginess of his script, is a solid if uneven piece of work.
  • Deficit

    23-May-2007

    Dir: Gael Garcia Bernal. Mex. 2007. 75 minutes. If sincere commitment and high spirits were enough, this first film by the supremely accomplished - even though still quite young - Mexican actor and heartthrob, Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Motorcycle Diaries, Bad Education) would be a masterpiece. Alas, these ingredients, while surely desirable, aren't enough, and the film that results, despite its noble intentions, is never compelling ...
  • Silent Light (Stellet Licht)

    22-May-2007

    Dir: Carlos Reygadas. Mex-Fr-Neth. 2007. 142 mins.Mexican auteurist Carlos Reygadas has lost nothing of the aesthetic austerity so magnificently, if exhaustingly, on display in his first two films, Japon (2002) and Battle In Heaven (2005).
  • Garage

    21-May-2007

    Dir: Lenny Abrahamson. Ir. 2007. 85 mins.Calling Garage a 'small' film would be true enough, but the Hope diamond, all things considered, is awfully small as well. Both, in any case, are gems.
  • Import Export

    21-May-2007

    Dir: Ulrich Seidl. Aust. 2007. 135 mins.Very much in the vein of his best-known film, Dog Days (2001), Austrian auteur and documentarian Ulrich Seidl continues in this, his first fiction film in 6 years, to explore the darker aspects of human existence.
  • To Each His Own Cinema (Chacun Son Cinema)

    21-May-2007

    Dir: 35 leading directors. Fr. 2007. 120minsConceived as a homage to the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, this improbable congeries and potentially incoherent work of cinema (35 different directors making three-minute shorts about the movie-going experience and their own introduction to the world of film) is surprisingly successful.
  • Heroes

    18-May-2007

    Dir: Bruno Merle. Fr. 2007. 116mins.Imagine a raving lunatic screaming at you virtually non-stop for two hours, six inches from your face, and you will begin to get an idea of what it is like to watch Heroes.
  • Borderland

    28-Mar-2007

    Dir: Zev Berman. US. 2007. 104mins. A solidly professional exercise in the horror/thriller genre, Borderland will not disappoint those that like their suspense and gore laid on in equal measure, and nice and thick. Still, it doesn't rise significantly above other examples of the genre, and a commercial release in the US by LionsGate Films may feel a bit of a gamble to some.
  • Elvis And Anabelle

    22-Mar-2007

    Dir/scr: Will Geiger. US. 2007. 98mins.
  • Blackbird

    15-Mar-2007

    Dir/scr: Adam Rapp. US. 2007. 108 minutes.
  • He Was A Quiet Man

    15-Mar-2007

    Dir: Frank Cappello. US. 2007. 100 minutes.
  • The Prisoner Or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair

    14-Mar-2007

    Dir: Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein. US, 2007. 72 minutes.
  • Suffering Man's Charity

    14-Mar-2007

    Dir: Alan Cumming. USA. 2007. 92 mins
  • Knocked Up

    13-Mar-2007

    Dir/scr: Judd Apatow. US, 2007. 126 mins.
  • Sisters

    13-Mar-2007

    Dir: Douglas Buck. US. 2007. 92 mins.
  • Flakes

    12-Mar-2007

    Dir: Michael Lehmann. US. 2007. 83 mins.
  • The Lookout

    12-Mar-2007

    Dir/Scr: Scott Frank. US. 2007. 99 mins.
  • The White Planet (La Planete Blanche)

    10-Oct-2006

  • The Fall

    6-Oct-2006

  • Un Crime

    4-Oct-2006

  • Un Crime

    4-Oct-2006

  • Rescue Dawn

    27-Sep-2006

  • Fay Grim

    26-Sep-2006

    Dir/scr: Hal Hartley. US. 2006. 118mins.Hal Hartley's droll sense of humourand slightly off-kilter cinematic technique has never been to everyone's taste,but hardcore fans will enjoy Fay Grim,a sequel of sorts to his breakout 1998 hit HenryFool. Others, however, may find what Hartley calls an 'internationalespionage farce' more than a bit slow in spots, something not helped by itsself-indulgent ...
  • The Half Life Of Timofey Berezin

    26-Sep-2006

  • Copying Beethoven

    21-Sep-2006

  • Salvador

    18-Jul-2006

    Dir: Manuel Huerga. Sp-UK. 2006. 138mins.
  • Fish Dreams (Sonhos De Peixe)

    4-Jul-2006

  • Meurtrieres

    11-Jun-2006

    France 2006 97 mins. Director Patrick GrandperretWhile it's an engaging enough diversion, especiallygiven its fetching female leads, Meurtrieres offers little that hasn't already been seen incountless other French films, from at least as far back as Agnes Varda's 1985drama Vagabond. This true-lifetale of two innocent ...
  • You And Me (Toi Et Moi)

    8-Mar-2006

    Dir. Ma Liwen. China. 2005.85mins.
  • Rampage

    7-Mar-2006

  • News From Home/News From House

    3-Mar-2006

  • Heaven's Doors

    2-Mar-2006

  • Milarepa

    27-Feb-2006

    Dir. Neten Chokling. Bhutan, 2005. 96mins.
  • The Elementary Particles

    13-Feb-2006

    Dir: Oskar Roehler.Germany. 2006. 105mins.
  • A Prairie Home Companion

    13-Feb-2006

    Dir: RobertAltman. US. 2006. 103 mins.
  • The Quiet

    19-Oct-2005

    Dir: Jamie Babbit. US. 2005. 91mins.Put DesperateHousewives on a double dose of Benzedrine and you have a roughapproximation of Jamie Babbit's The Quiet, an overheated and lurid, if beautifully mounted,American indie melodrama that verges on guilty pleasureterritory for all ...
  • A Little Trip To Heaven

    5-Oct-2005

  • The House Of Sand (Casa De Areia)

    5-Oct-2005

  • The White Masai (Die Weisse Massai)

    30-Sep-2005

  • Beowulf And Grendel

    29-Sep-2005

  • Mrs Harris

    29-Sep-2005

  • Wassup Rockers

    29-Sep-2005

  • In His Hands (Entre Ses Mains)

    27-Sep-2005

  • Thank You For Smoking

    13-Sep-2005

    Dir. Jason Reitman. US.2005. 92mins.
  • Seven Invisible Men

    5-Jul-2005

  • Zim And Co

    4-Jul-2005

    Dir: Pierre Jolivet. Fr. 2005. 90mins.
  • Crossing The Bridge: The Sound Of Istanbul

    29-Jun-2005

  • Factotum

    22-Jun-2005

  • Battle In Heaven (Batalla En El Cielo)

    16-May-2005

  • Where The Truth Lies

    16-May-2005

  • The Power Of Nightmares

    15-May-2005

    Dir Adam Curtis, UK, 2005, 157 mins.
  • Sometimes In April

    4-Apr-2005

  • Hostage

    7-Mar-2005

  • Hostage

    7-Mar-2005

  • Noel

    15-Dec-2004

  • Haven

    9-Dec-2004

  • Keane

    11-Nov-2004

  • Yes

    3-Nov-2004

  • Crash

    30-Sep-2004

  • Marseille

    26-Jul-2004

  • Bitter Dream (Khab E Talkh)

    15-Jun-2004

  • Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession

    9-Jun-2004

    Dir:Xan Cassavetes. US. 2004. 120mins
  • Woman Is The Future Of Man (La Femme Est L'avenir De L'homme)

    7-Jun-2004

  • Tropical Malady (Sud Pralad)

    3-Jun-2004

    Dir:Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Fr-Thai-It-Ger. 2004. 118minsDeeplysubmerged within Apichatpong Weerasethakul's often impenetrable andoccasionally boring fable Tropical Malady, is a wonderful exploration of a perennialtheme: what makes a human being more than an animal' It begins promisingly witha passage from novelist Ton Nakajima: "All of us are by nature wild beasts andour duty ...
  • Mondovino

    28-May-2004

  • Dear Frankie

    21-May-2004

    Dir:Shona Auerbach. UK. 2004. 105mins
  • Connie And Carla

    16-Apr-2004

  • Jersey Girl

    15-Mar-2004

  • Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

    12-Mar-2004

  • Spartan

    10-Mar-2004

  • Peter Pan

    15-Dec-2003

  • Mona Lisa Smile

    11-Dec-2003

  • Something's Gotta Give

    11-Dec-2003

  • The Last Samurai

    3-Dec-2003

  • Maqbool

    2-Dec-2003

  • House Of Sand And Fog

    13-Nov-2003

  • House Of Sand And Fog

    13-Nov-2003

  • House Of Sand And Fog

    13-Nov-2003

  • Nicotina

    7-Nov-2003

  • School Of Rock

    6-Oct-2003

  • Evil (Ondskan)

    2-Oct-2003

  • Sansa

    16-Sep-2003

  • The Soul Of A Man

    16-Sep-2003

  • Milwaukee, Minnesota

    24-Jul-2003

  • Father And Son (Otets Y Syn)

    23-Jul-2003

  • The Fog Of War

    2-Jun-2003

  • At Five In The Afternoon (Panj E Asr)

    27-May-2003

  • Since Otar Left (Depuis Qu'Otar Est Parti)

    27-May-2003

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