Dorothy Woodend

Why Blockbuster Movie 'Logan' Is a Superhero Saga for Our Times

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die...” — Ecclesiastes 3

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A Cruel Summer of Wretched, Big Movies

It’s been a bad summer for big movies.

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'The Wailing': A Horror Revealed in Hindsight

Director Na Hong-jin's film The Wailing is a horror movie best watched backwards. By which I mean it's a film that only reveals itself in hindsight and in some ways it doesn't even do that. After seeing it, I was tempted to re-watch the entire 156 minutes to see where the real clues lie and where various red things are placed to distract one's attention and understanding.

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'Lady Dynamite': TV's Weirdest, Funniest Show Is Also the Truest

Thank you, Emily Nussbaum. The New Yorker's Pulitzer-winning columnist has opened my eyes once more. Her recent review of Lady Dynamite made me take another look at Maria Bamford's new series on Netflix and I am very happy that I did.

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Michael Moore's on a Quest to Steal the Best Ideas of Other Countries and Save His Own

The indomitable, inimitable American writer and activist Rebecca Solnit was in Vancouver last week to give a talk. Her speech, titled We Can Be Heroes, kicked off on a rather surprising note of hope. Yes, folks, hope -- that most resilient and pernicious of seeds has taken root in these dark days of climate change, whitey Oscars and general blarghiness. It's easy, almost ridiculously so, to look around and see mountains of things that profoundly suck (Solnit's best one-liner was a quip about snatching the teddy bear of despair from the loving arms of the left). But despair isn't useful -- it leaches out the joy of everyday living and replaces it with enervating bitterness and passivity.

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Will Naomi Klein's Film on Global Warming Change Everything?

Sometimes I have a sinking feeling that all of the films, books, essays and performances that we in the arts carefully write about, think about, worry endlessly about, don't actually change very much. Maybe the effect is cumulative, or maybe that is just what we tell ourselves, so that we can keep going.

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Um, Now Can We Have a Girl's Coming of Age Film?

Oh boys. You've been in the spotlight for such a long time, it's little wonder that you are loathe to give it up. The coming of age story for young men has been a cinematic staple for decades. Long before Rushmore's Max Fischer, there was Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate and Bud Cort in Harold and Maude. But what was once charming and sweetly endearing has curdled into something kind of gross.

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'Into the Storm' Blockbuster's Lead Role? The Weather

I must admit that I have a bit of a storm fetish. Perhaps it comes from growing up in the Kootenays. On late summer afternoons, thunderstorms tend to roll in like clockwork, transforming blue skies to black in a matter of moments. Sunny beach scenes turn into Armageddon. Boaters bolt for cover as the wind kicks up and huge yellow-green waves threaten to dump water-skiers and fair weather sailors into the dark depths of Kootenay Lake. When lightning arcs across the sky, the dogs whine to be let in so they can hide under the dining room table, and the humans run madly around unplugging their various computers, routers and even the phone. If you're lucky, you get a front row seat to the ultimate fireworks show, lightning, thunder and curtains of rain roiling across the valley. Ten minutes later, it's usually all over and everyone goes back to doing what they were doing before.

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Looks Like Quite the Sci-Fi Flick Blockbuster, But...

Already this summer we've seen a bevy of films released: some good (Snowpiercer), some bad (Tammy), a lot that were simply kind of okay (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and even a few genuine surprises (Edge of Tomorrow). It doesn't take much to please the summer filmgoer, and I include myself here. All we truly desire are a few moments of escape, a bit of fun and 90 minutes in an air-conditioned theatre.

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Why 'Snowpiercer' Is the Must See Movie of the Summer

Ladies and gentleman, I give you Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer.

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