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  • In Bloom DVD Review

    In Bloom DVD Review

    4/5
    In Bloom is a story told in these margins as two young girls find their voices, learning how to make themselves heard amidst a society undergoing fundamental and volatile change.

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  • Edinburgh International Film Festival: Round Up Two

    Edinburgh International Film Festival: Round Up Two

    Is the Man who is Tall Happy? (****) What must it be like to talk to “the smartest man alive”? For Michel Gondry, it seemed an overwhelming task. Trying to compute everything that linguist/economist/sociologist/political scientist Noam Chomsky has to say must be one of the most daunting tasks a man could face. Yet the French [...]

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  • Edinburgh International Film Festival: Stray Dogs Review

    Edinburgh International Film Festival: Stray Dogs Review

    5/5
    From its vivid and dystopian opening shot to its near 15 minute long closing scene of gut wrenching emotions, Ming-Liang Tsai’s Stray Dogs is a gallery of the moving image telling a story of human endurance. Tsai unveils a simple two part narrative of the life of a father (Kang-Sheng Lee) and his two children [...]

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  • Edinburgh International Film Festival: Round Up One

    Edinburgh International Film Festival: Round Up One

    Hyena (*) We were told that Gerard Johnson’s Hyena was selected for the opening night film for EIFF 2014 because it was ‘emblematic’ of what the festival is all about. A case of a film with a bold vision, one where the style is substance and that style/substance will thrill us and uplift us. Then [...]

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  • Open City Docs Fest: Web Junkie

    Open City Docs Fest: Web Junkie

    3/5
    China is the first country to declare internet addiction a clinical disorder

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  • Open City Docs Fest: Manakamana

    Open City Docs Fest: Manakamana

    4/5
    Manakamana has been described as the Sensory Ethnography Laboratory’s version of Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, wherein he filmed several minute long unbroken takes of anyone he thought of interest, but fortunately that description proves reductive.

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