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Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2007)

"Yunis's surreal moments of imprisoned hell are emphasized with comic book illustrations and people's words as captions. It's a cartoonish nightmare with ordinary Iraqis, who've only known America through pop-culture TV, becoming trapped in easy stereotype"

Posted Oct 11, 2007

Brian Gibson

2 91%

God Grew Tired Of Us (2007)

"Leaves much unrecorded and unexplained, though. . . . What about the other boys they live with? And does the film focus on John because he's a spokesman for a cause? . . ."

Posted Oct 11, 2007

Brian Gibson

3 88%

Red Road (2007)

"A strange sort of map of the city [is] spread across these fragmented cubes of visual information. And there's also the metaphorical map of the characters' lives, where they're coming from and where they're going."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Brian Gibson

4 82%

Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at) (2007)

"As the story spirals tragically away--all the more powerfully because of Dvir's part in his mother's fate--it avoids the sacrificing-mother-redeemed-by-love cliche and gains a remarkable dramatic weight and urgency."

Posted Sep 20, 2007

Brian Gibson

5 83%

Paprika (2006)

"Its visual collision of mindscapes, films within films and dreams within dreams cascade into a dizzying rush that easily washes away the humdrum dialogue and somewhat sketchy plot."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Brian Gibson

6 42%

Twentynine Palms (2004)

"A narcissistic, wayward American male rage can only find release in a confusion of sex and violence . . . this startling, strange cine-philosophical experiment throws all the usual voyeuristic conventions of film into sudden, screeching reverse."

Posted Sep 13, 2007

Brian Gibson

7 44%

Angel-A (2005)

"Angela's Oprah-ish effort to change Andre's lying ways becomes a tedious mix of self-help and pop-philosophizing . . . the film's black-and-white look is two shades more complex than its gender politics."

Posted Sep 11, 2007

Brian Gibson

8 47%

Azumi (2003)

"What will slay you first--the often histrionic acting or the drag-out boredom of that hulking, two-hour-plus thing in the distance that faintly resembles a plot?"

Posted Sep 11, 2007

Brian Gibson

9 83%

Dexter -The Complete First Season (2007)

"With Dexter's moral ambiguities, the socially numb man's sly, deadpan voiceover and its gripping plot of 'good' and 'bad' killers playing cat-and-mouse, the series' biggest problem may be the dramatic-comic bar set in this first season."

Posted Sep 3, 2007

Brian Gibson

10 69%

Close to Home (Karov La Bayit) (2007)

"A haunting autopsy of how the personal can obliterate the political, as the oppressors rationalize, repress and then casually repeat the day-to-day injustices they're paid to commit for a society eager to forget its sins."

Posted Sep 3, 2007

Brian Gibson

11 59%

Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

"Subtlety is knocked on its ass and put out for the count, though a chilling sense of white self-entitlement and ethical superiority tingles on."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Brian Gibson

12 54%

Manufacturing Dissent (2007)

"Rarely acknowledges the basic transparency of Moore's films . . . only when [this doc] takes on [Moore's] work does it land its hardest blows. The disc's best special feature is a ten-minute 'Documentary Discussion.'"

Posted Aug 20, 2007

Brian Gibson

13 75%

Look Both Ways (2006)

"A remarkably dense and powerful picture of people's yearning and struggling. . . . about how 'things just happen'%u2014that's the sadness and beauty of life."

Posted Aug 20, 2007

Brian Gibson

14 ——

Yolngu Boy (2001)

"The film rides the teenagers' churning anger, despair and elation throughout. . . . The heartbreaking ending is neither naive about how white culture is destroying a millennia-old way of life nor too hopeful about the power of ancient traditions and belie"

Posted Aug 20, 2007

Brian Gibson

15 91%

Your Mommy Kills Animals (2007)

"Can't commit to an overview of the movement by looking at three groups or stick with the trial of the "SHAC 7." So an intriguing but too short tour of animal-rights issues is interrupted by a flatly chronicled court case."

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Brian Gibson

16 57%

Becoming Jane (2007)

"While Becoming Jane is too much of a prologue to the writing Austen, it is an impeccably crafted imagining of a young woman seeking love at a time when women were so often 'better than their circumstances.'"

Posted Aug 14, 2007

Brian Gibson

17 ——

Find Love (2006)

"The camerawork can be stodgy and the performances, built on improvisation, seem rickety. Many scenes, unnaturally strained and awkward, are piled on like layers of forced complication."

Posted Aug 6, 2007

Brian Gibson

18 75%

The Dead Girl (2006)

"This film demands to be rewatched, its jigsaw of lacerated lives assembled again . . . reaches a dirge-like crescendo . . . [There's] a fascinating torrent of convoluted introspection and stubborn perseverance in the women here."

Posted Aug 6, 2007

Brian Gibson

19 90%

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

"The pace is brisk, the jokes are sharp, and there are sight-gags and zingers that rank up there with some great cartoon moments."

Posted Aug 6, 2007

Brian Gibson

20 95%

Offside (2006)

"A film of masks . . . Droll comedy and wry ironies artfully disguise Panahi's poignant questioning of national pride, governing the public good, and even the sadness mixed in with past victories."

Posted Jul 18, 2007

Brian Gibson

21 92%

Sicko (2007)

"Moore mostly lets the sufferers speak, their stories revealing the deep, oozing wounds of a broken healthcare system. . . . deliver[s] an adrenal shot, a strangely enervating mix of anger, shame and hope."

Posted Jul 2, 2007

Brian Gibson

22 78%

The Saddest Music in the World (2004)

"Here is magic-realism filtered through an oddball sensibility, chilled in the snowdrifts of Winnipeg and bottled in amber-hued frames of celluloid."

Posted Jul 2, 2007

Brian Gibson

23 74%

La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)

"We're given drama and despair at a distance . . . As Piaf, though, Marion Cotillard is remarkable. . . . but Dahan's work never bridges the bitter and sweet chords."

Posted Jun 25, 2007

Brian Gibson

24 ——

Afro Samurai (2007)

"The curious fusion of sex, tech and death mostly slathers into carnage, and the ending doesn't so much hint at the pointless cycle of vengeance as set up a sequel."

Posted Jun 25, 2007

Brian Gibson

25 91%

Blood Tea and Red String (2006)

"The patience and delicacy behind this Poe-meets-Potter movie comes through in every elaborate, gradually unfurled scene."

Posted Jun 25, 2007

Brian Gibson

26 78%

Surf's Up (2007)

"Best when it maintains the documentary conceit . . . brilliant tones and shades of lighting . . . the board scenes unfurl in the best surfing movie tradition."

Posted Jun 25, 2007

Brian Gibson

27 70%

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

"If Ocean's Thirteen often seems as budget-bloated and hollow as a Vegas hotel, it still manages to coast on its surface charms. . . . you may not have hit the jackpot, but you didn't get cleaned out, either."

Posted Jun 14, 2007

Brian Gibson

28 ——

City of Men - The Complete Series (2006)

"[Some] startlingly innovative and experimental television. It's obvious from City of Men that there are far more stories to be found in the poor places where most people live."

Posted Jun 8, 2007

Brian Gibson

29 78%

The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006)

"Dercourt washes the film in a chillingly remorseless suspense. . . . the story, as taut as a razor-sharp piano string, offers a few sly, subtle sexual knots before the final bloody note is struck."

Posted May 31, 2007

Brian Gibson

30 91%

The Italian (2007)

"A throwback to neo-realist filmmaking . . . snowballs in emotion until later scenes are stomach-knotting in their tension. The film largely avoids sentiment with its muted score and shadowed close-ups."

Posted May 9, 2007

Brian Gibson

31 20%

The Invisible (2007)

"The Invisible lives down to its name--this is a visually forgettable flick. More subpar than supernatural."

Posted May 9, 2007

Brian Gibson

32 79%

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2007)

"As the puzzle interlocks, the composite truth is terrifying. A second horseman of social collapse is pounding towards us--peak oil."

Posted Apr 27, 2007

Brian Gibson

33 91%

Iraq in Fragments (2006)

"Bafflingly, the threats in an occupied country consistently come from within, not without or overhead: what has the effect of the US occupation and Hussein's vicious rule been on these people? Offers a fragmented, obscuring picture of Iraq."

Posted Apr 1, 2007

Brian Gibson

34 98%

The Rules of the Game (1950)

"A scathing attack on the show of feeling by a murderously superficial elite . . . the more you watch it, the more Renoir's masterwork reflects the cold, hard truth%u2014The Rules of the Game still apply."

Posted Mar 25, 2007

Brian Gibson

35 ——

Wong gok hak yau (One Night in Mongkok) (2004)

"Sinks us into the muddied moral line between cops and criminals, beaten down by a callous, bottom-line system . . . holds a mirror up to the Hong Kong action thriller and asks us to look beyond the flash of violence."

Posted Mar 15, 2007

Brian Gibson

36 ——

Cheung fo (The Mission) (2000)

"The male world of deception, violence, and suave killers remains intact, a woman's death letting buddies off the hook for their betrayal of the bodyguards' code."

Posted Mar 15, 2007

Brian Gibson

37 97%

When the Levees Broke (2006)

"It's the depth and weight of Freeman Jr's or Michael Wright's or Phyllis Leblanc's words, the anger and sadness behind them, that surge forth here, sinking the political elite's murderously empty promises."

Posted Mar 9, 2007

Brian Gibson

38 67%

Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)

"More documentary than drama even as lyric images whisper past . . . slowly burns itself into the memory."

Posted Mar 1, 2007

Brian Gibson

39 ——

The Amphibian Man (Chelovek-Amfibiya) ()

"A simmering borscht of a Soviet scientific romance . . . Most intriguing are the film's choppy political undercurrents."

Posted Feb 22, 2007

Brian Gibson

40 97%

51 Birch Street (2006)

"In families, especially, perceptions are relative . . . reminds us that the seemingly mundane, right at our dinner tables, can offer its own special, bittersweet poetry."

Posted Feb 11, 2007

Brian Gibson

41 85%

La Moustache (2005)

"Bristling with existential doubt and ennui . . . Carrère's half-nightmare, half-dream vision of one man's imprisonment in his own life remains satisfyingly unresolved and stubbornly unique."

Posted Feb 11, 2007

Brian Gibson

42 57%

Dead Man's Shoes (2006)

"Startlingly powerful, slightly loopy take on the revenge flick . . . offers a wry authenticity that the too-stylish, tough guys and gals in Tarantino's wanna-be-epics of retribution can't exude."

Posted Feb 1, 2007

Brian Gibson

43 29%

Tideland (2006)

"Never quite coheres . . . But Gilliam has still made an admirable--and, at times, daring--oddity . . . disturbingly different from most celluloid childhoods."

Posted Jan 26, 2007

Brian Gibson

44 74%

The Painted Veil (2006)

"Why, ultimately, leave 1920s England to see a tragic romance between two Brits? Part this veil, and the atmosphere dissolves into a smokescreen, the backdrop revealed as a chasm between cultures."

Posted Jan 12, 2007

Brian Gibson

45 66%

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

"This is epic, super-duper-sized . . . a hollow but lovely looking spectacle."

Posted Jan 12, 2007

Brian Gibson

46 93%

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Moartea domnului Lazarescu) (2006)

"This deathly film is crafted with such ease that it comes appallingly alive. A slowly suffocating, masterly work of social realism that shrouds you in a melancholy look at mortality."

Posted Dec 21, 2006

Brian Gibson

47 ——

Cheech (2007)

"With its garish and seamy scenes, its flabby shots and not-snappy-enough dialogue, Cheech is often like a nasty old pair of leopard-print underwear, its elastic frayed and loose."

Posted Dec 14, 2006

Brian Gibson

48 16%

Eragon (2006)

"As soon as Fangmeier sinks his teeth into the plot, he cuts from set piece to set piece in a frenzy, spitting out chunks of unnecessary voiceover and dizzying F/X. . . . a dim fantasy flick."

Posted Dec 14, 2006

Brian Gibson

49 67%

L'Enfer ()

"The spectre of Kieslowski flutters through the film, but his eye and touch aren't there%u2014it's hard to watch L'Enfer without wondering, what would he have done?"

Posted Dec 1, 2006

Brian Gibson

50 90%

Half Nelson (2006)

"This enigmatic, mesmerizing film about half-chances and halting reconciliations bristles with unresolved tension in a world where black and white are interlocked."

Posted Nov 12, 2006

Brian Gibson

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