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  • Highway 61

    Highway 61

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    Tied with Leningrad Cowboys Go America for the greatest rock n roll road movie where a coffin is strapped to the roof of the car. This is the kind of thing where all objectivity goes out the window for me. I laughed, hard. A Canadian classic. Eccentric, music-themed road trips are where Bruce McDonald excels (see also: Hardcore Logo, Roadkill, Weirdos). This is basically a spiritual successor to Roadkill, but here they cross the border into the States, which makesโ€ฆ

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    Roadkill

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    "There's not a lot of opportunities up here for social mobility. I mean you can either become a hockey player or take up a life of crime. And I have weak ankles, so there you go."

    I loved this even if I can't exactly explain why. It's all over the map, which I guess is fitting for an offbeat road movie, but I just dug the whole vibe, and it's definitely a vibe (and not always a coherent or consistentโ€ฆ

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  • Songs for Drella

    Songs for Drella

    only art to see me through, only heart to see me through, my old life's disappearing from view

  • Good Riddance

    Good Riddance

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    A title that frequently appears on โ€œgreatest Canadian filmsโ€ lists and rightfully so. Still, it doesnโ€™t seem to get enough attention. An intimate, carefully observed tale of familial burden, rural malaise and class inequality, with characters who never feel anything but real despite broadly fitting into more familiar tropes (the head-strong single mother and her sleazy suitors, the rebellious and precocious young daughter, the dead-beat dependent). No overt sentimentality or melodrama, nor did I sense any strong manipulation - justโ€ฆ

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  • 3 Women

    3 Women

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    Of course this came from a dream. What a trip, heartrending and psychologically incisive - definitely my favourite Altman so far. It's so real and awkward at first - Millie's self-denial and delusion, the way she tries to never let on she's really alone, plays it off like everything's fine - it was almost too much to bear at times. Her incessant chatting is a defense mechanism, a deflection not just of silence but of truth, an attempt to concealโ€ฆ

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    Raise the Red Lantern

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    The intoxicating use of colour and symmetry, the simmering tension and intrigue, the mounting feeling of suffocation, the equally haunting opening and closing...there's a laundry list of all the things this does right. A film where silence speaks volumes. Always something inherently fascinating when an alarming or abnormal premise is presented in such a grounded, natural way. And here the horrifying premise slowly morphs into an outright horror film. How it felt, anyway.

    Songlian is an interesting and complex characterโ€ฆ