Category Archives: Film

Film – 10 for 2014

I’ll begin with my usual apologies for making up a list at all. It’s a silly, self-indulgent thing to do, but I find it a useful exercise as it gives me an opportunity to remember all the good cinematic experiences … Continue reading






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Four for a Friday #1

I, of course, feel bad that the Forecast has fallen into abeyance, not least because I recognize that the process of posting things here, no matter how trivial, is productive for me overall. I suspect it is a familiar trap … Continue reading






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Films – 10 for 2013

The internet is rotten with top ten lists of all sorts, so I’m a bit embarrassed to be adding to the problem here, but I do find this a useful exercise and one that has led, in previous years, to … Continue reading






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Hot Docs – The Human Scale

Before moving on to films I’ve seen in the past couple of days, I should briefly mention a second I saw on my first day here. The Human Scale is a Danish documentary about cities that offers a now familiar … Continue reading






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Hot Docs – Day One

Maja Borg’s Future My Love brings together the essay film (with a voiceover that is contemplative and ruminative in a Marker-esque way), the archive film (with images drawn from a mid century repository of imaginings of the future), and the … Continue reading






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Hot Docs Preview 2013

For the second year running, I’m attending Hot Docs, the documentary film festival, in Toronto. I had a tremendous time last year and a number of the films I saw at Hot Docs in 2012 ended up on my best … Continue reading






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Films – 10 for 2012

While I had no trouble whatsoever coming up with a dozen LPs to populate my 2012 year-end music list, I struggled here to find ten films that I felt good enough to include. Part of the problem was that I … Continue reading






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Raymond Durgnat on Michael Powell

In an article published in the October 1992 issue of Sight and Sound titled “Remembering Michael Powell,” Raymond Durgnat suggests that one reason for Powell and Pressburger’s surge in critical fortunes in the 1980s was generational. Durgnat speaks of meeting … Continue reading






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