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PIFF 2012: <i>Extraterrestrial</i> review

PIFF 2012: Extraterrestrial review

Nacho Vigalondo’s first feature, 2007’s Timecrimes, was a wildly adventurous and imaginative time-travel romp that has since rightly become part of the cult cannon.  It was an idea-filled mindfuck that kept changing directions with ease while [...]

PIFF 2012: <i>Once Upon a Time in Anatolia</i> review

PIFF 2012: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia review

The police procedural is as tried and true as a genre can get.  Even at its most basic, unimaginative level one can plug in characters and events into the genre’s formula and come out with a [...]

PIFF 2012: <i>Bonsai</i> review

PIFF 2012: Bonsai review

“By the end of this movie Emilia dies and Julio ends up alone”.  These are the first lines we hear in Bonsai, the second feature directed by Cristián Jiménez (Optical Illusions).  This device has been used [...]

PIFF 2012: <i>Attenberg</i> review

PIFF 2012: Attenberg review

A. A. Collins, Cinedelphia’s Portland-based correspondent, reports from the 2012 Portland International Film Festival. It’s not easy being Greek.  Formerly the center of the civilized world, Greece is now the poster child for the global financial [...]

PIFF 2012: <i>Monsieur Lazhar</i> review

PIFF 2012: Monsieur Lazhar review

A. A. Collins, Cinedelphia’s Portland-based correspondent, reports from the 2012 Portland International Film Festival. Philippe Falardeau’s (It’s Not Me, I Swear!) quiet, well-acted Monsieur Lazhar, Canada’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee, seeks to understand grief [...]

PIFF 2012: <i>Bullhead</i> review

PIFF 2012: Bullhead review

A. A. Collins, Cinedelphia’s Portland-based correspondent, reports from the 2012 Portland International Film Festival. Michael Roskan’s debut and Belgium’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee, Bullhead, like its bullheaded protagonist, is bold and muscular, an energetic [...]