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A Geek’s Month in Review: July 2012

by on 2012/07/31

What do you feature in July when you’ve already turned your attention to Canadian content in the other months as well? That was the quandary facing us as we made our decision to feature an increasing level of CanCon in our reviews.

For me the answer was “whatever I’d already put aside”, a cross-section of eras and genres, recent discoveries and classics I had overlooked until now.

I made the odd tweak here and there, moving a Cronenberg selection to August, and doing likewise with horror until October. I replaced them with backups like FUBAR and the eleventh-hour Death Comes to Town . . . opportune given the placement of both on this list.

Actually, the biggest surprise for me was the realization that, for the first time ever, I’d reviewed at least one piece in each star-rating category. (Five stars are rare, at about ten percent. Singles are even rarer, at just short of one percent.)

Otherwise, it’s business as usual in our wrap-up for the month, with favourites, surprises, disappointments, least-liked, and interest-piquers.

Now what are we going to do for next July?


Favourite
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (2012) on 2012/07/12

* * * *

“An ensemble cast in loosely connected episodes, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town strikes a surprising dramedy tone. Less hilarious than wry, it meshes Stephen Leacock’s biography with elements from his various short stories. It’s an audio-visual interpretation of a northern missing link, between the worlds of Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor.”


Surprise
The Sweet Hereafter (1997) on 2012/07/30

* * * * *

“In its parts and as a whole, The Sweet Hereafter certainly made an impression. I keep thinking about it long after the end. With people and predicaments so complex, conflicted, and well-rounded, the debate continues within me even now.”

 

Honourable Mention:
The Decline of the American Empire (1986) on 2012/07/25


Disappointment
Death Comes to Town (2010) on 2012/07/23

* *

“The Kids in the Hall? Exemplary.

Death Comes to Town? Not so much.”

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Least-Liked
FUBAR (2002) on 2012/07/27

*

“The word ‘travesty’ is rarely used enough or appropriately, yet it applies particularly to FUBAR . . . sheer stupidity in service of nothing.”

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Show Me
Oliver Sherman (2010) on 2012/07/30

* * *

“If you want to recreate the quiet discomfort of that Thanksgiving where your insane drunken uncle punched your neighbour in the mouth, this is your film. Oliver Sherman is a solid work of Canadian cinema verite.”
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