Montreal Film Journal

2007 LOG (8)


(1 Aug) L'Immeuble Yacoubian (2007, Marwan Hamed) 67
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(1 Aug) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007, Paul Greengrass) [ review ] 90

(2 Aug) Hot Rod (2007, Akiva Schaffer) 39
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(6 Aug) Rush Hour 3 (2007, Brett Ratner) [ review ] 66

(6 Aug) 2 Days in Paris (2007, Julie Delpy) 81
[ Reviewed for Voir ]



(8 Aug) Contre toute espérance (2007, Bernard Émond) 68
[ "Breaking the Waves" without the sailor fucking and the True Believer innocence, this story of a woman's struggle to cope with her disabled husband is rather depressing but not without a certain celebration of human will. There's also a hardly subtle socio-economic message throughout, with the female protagonist having to deal with financial woes on top of her hubby's state. Worth seeing mostly for Jean-Claude Labrecque cinematography and the affecting performances from Guylaine Tremblay, Guy Jodoin and my man Gildor Roy. ]



(8 Aug) Superbad (2007, Greg Mottola) [ review ] 84

(9 Aug) Sauf le respect que je vous dois (2007, Fabienne Godet) 45
[ Reviewed for Voir ]



(10 Aug) Trapped in the Closet : Chapters 1-12 (2005, R. Kelly) 77
[ Watching this being projected (between a wonderful short musical documentary about dumpster diving called "Surfing the Waste" and the first two reels of Bollywood classic "Sholay") at the gorgeous McAuslan Brewery terrasse by the Lachine canal was quite an experience. 43 minutes of overly dramatic singing in the same repetitive melody about the ridiculously complicated adulterous relationships between a man, his wife, a pastor, the pastor's wife, the pastor's male lover, a cop, the cop's wife, a midget, etc. Can't wait for Chapters 13-22 of this hip-hopera! ]

(12 Aug) Our Daily Bread (2005, Nikolaus Geyrhalter) 70
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(13 Aug) The Last Legion (2007, Doug Lefler) 31
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(14 Aug) Bluff (2007, Fecteau & Lavoie) 62
[ Reviewed for Voir
Also: read my interview with the directors ]

(15 Aug) The Invasion (2007, Oliver Hirschbiegel? James McTiegue?) 44
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(16 Aug) Paprika (2007, Satoshi Kon) 73
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(17 Aug) Feast of Love (2007, Robert Benton) 48
[ Read my interview with Radha Mitchell ]



(18 Aug) La logique du remords (2007, Martin Laroche) 67
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(19 Aug) Killing Zelda Sparks (2007, Jeff Glickman) 64
[ A pretty damn good little black comedy about a jealous and violent dude (Vincent Kartheiser) who, with the help of a journalist buddy (Geoffrey Arend), attempts to get even at last with the slutty, crazy bitch fatale (Sarah Carter) who broke his heart in high school. The storytelling makes deft use of ellipses and flashbacks and flashforwards, the visuals are dynamic, the performances are engaging... Good stuff. ]

(20 Aug) The Nanny Diaries (2007, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini) 30
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(21 Aug) Balls of Fury (2007, Robert Ben Garant) 52
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(22 Aug) Silk (2007, François Girard) 86
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(22 Aug) Shoot 'Em Up (2007, Michael Davis) [ review ] 68
[ Also: read my interview with the director on Voir.ca ]

(23 Aug) Cobrador, In God We Trust (2007, Paul Leduc) 51
(23 Aug) Vent mauvais (2007, Stéphane Allagnon) 75
(24 Aug) 53 dias de invierno (2007, Judith Colell) 43
(26 Aug) Body/Antibody (2007, Kerry Douglas Dye & Jordan Hoffman) 62
(26 Aug) Où vas-tu Moshé? (2007, Hassan Benjelloun) meh
(26 Aug) Family Motel (2007, Helene Klodawsky) 70
(26 Aug) Being Innu (2007, Catherine Mullins) ok
[ Reviewed for Voir ]



(28 Aug) Surviving My Mother (2007, Émile Gaudreault) 67
(Caroline Dhavernas, as always: 100)
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(29 Aug) La Brunante (2007, Fernand Dansereau) 78
[ Reviewed for Voir ]

(30 Aug) Eastern Promises (2007, David Cronenberg) [ review ] 90




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