Monsieur Lazhar – Canada – 2012 – Drama. Among the best of films about immigration, the education system, and children. In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher.… Continue reading Monsieur Lazhar
Triumph of the Wall – Canada – 2013 – Documentary As fascinating as it is meditative as it is hilarious, Triumph of the Wall begins as a filmed chronicle about the construction of a 1000-foot dry-stone wall by a novice stonemason in rural Quebec. The stonemason, Chris Overing, is to complete the stone structure within… Continue reading Triumph of the Wall
Joni Mitchell – Woman of Heart and Mind – USA – 2003 – Documentary. “One of the great talents of her or anyone else’s generation gets the royal treatment with this superb two-hour (with bonus material) documentary. It’s all here (via interviews, including conversations past and present with Mitchell herself, photos, generous helpings of concert… Continue reading Joni Mitchell – Woman of Heart and Mind
The Outside Chance of Maximillian Glick – 1988 – Comedy – “What to do when you’re 13 years old and its 1964 and you’re about to have your Bar Mitzvah in the middle of a little town in the prairies and your family is freaking out because you’re playing piano with the new girl down… Continue reading The Outside Chance of Maximillian Glick
Hollywood Bollywood – 2002 – Musical Comedy – Director Deepa Mehta takes the Bollywood format to Toronto. Lots of fun with the Indian cultural cliche of the son who doesn’t want to marry within his race. Scene-stealers include a hindu matriarch who quotes Shakespeare and a cross-dressing chauffeur.
Next of Kin – 1984 – Comedy – Atom Egoyan’s first feature film. bored, depressed middle-class youth seeks adventure by claiming to be long-lost son of Armenian family.
My American Cousin – 1985 – Comedy – Bored young teen girl in central BC in the late 50’s is wowed by the arrival of an older “delinquent” cousin from the States.