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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 19: ‘Keyhole’

The latest film from Canadian treasure Guy Maddin is a handmade masterpiece.

04/30/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 16: ‘Found Memories’

Gorgeously filmed (with only the very faintest whiff of a Stella Artois advertisement), Found Memories is another spin on the “strong will of youth overcomes staid obsolescence of age” archetype.

04/27/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 15: ‘The Curse of the Gothic Symphony’

This movie isn’t nearly as dark as it pretends to be.

04/26/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 14: ‘Restoration’

The thing about crowd-pleasers at film festivals … after a few of them, they start to all seem as though they’re operating from the exact same playbook. You can anticipate the emotional beats with no […]

04/25/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 13: ‘The Sound Of Small Things’

Minnesota and mumblecore. Like peanut butter and jelly (or, rather, like peanut butter and the roof of your cast’s mouth). Local writer-director Peter McLarnan keeps his cards awfully close throughout The Sound of Small Things.

04/24/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 12: ‘In Organic We Trust’

Have you ever considered what the word organic means when you see it on fruit, vegetables or ice cream cones? Did its meaning, in your mind, seem to be a mash of words like fresh, nutritious, eco-friendly, expensive and hip? If so, In Organic We Trust might be something fresh for you.

04/23/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 12: ‘King For 2 Days’

If you’ve never heard of Twin Cities’ drummer Dave King, you may have heard of one of his five bands.

04/23/2012

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Movie Blog: MSPIFF, Day 10: ‘Memorial Day,’ ‘Kill List’

Made in Minnesota with the reported assistance of Minnesota military organizations, Memorial Day is indeed a reverent piece of filmmaking, one which uses the same vocabulary as any number of other, more skeptical war movies.

04/21/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 9: ‘God Bless America’

Do you hate American media and pop culture? I mean really hate it? Well so does comedian/director Bobcat Goldthwait.

04/20/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 9: ‘Year Of The Tiger’

Besides daggers, mirrors and labyrinths, the Argentinian poet Borges felt an intense connection to tigers, and while reading Kipling’s Jungle Book as a kid, he was upset that Shere Khan was a villain and not the protagonist’s friend.

04/20/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 6: The Carrier

Your average NYC socialite rarely travels further east than The Hamptons. But filmmaker Margaret Betts isn’t your average heiress.

04/17/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 5: ‘Sennentuntschi’

Murder mysteries are almost always more fun when their titles seem unpronounceable.

04/16/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 4: ‘The Salt Of Life’

I remember watching a documentary about the angst of middle-aged men. One guy in his late 50s laments the fact that he can’t get the attention of anyone at the bars or clubs he frequents, despite all the time he continues to put into maintaining his own visage.

04/15/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 3: ‘Eye Of The Storm’

Fred Schepisi isn’t particularly high on the list of most cinephile’s lists of great working auteurs, but for a small, fiercely devoted group. The small, devoted group have a solid case, though.

04/14/2012

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 2: ‘Bert Stern’

For a man whose work is as timeless as photographer Bert Stern’s, the title of his documentary kowtows almost disappointingly to current concerns … but for understandable reasons.

04/13/2012

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