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September 2011

Manu Chao: 5 September 2011 - New York

Labor Day at Terminal 5 with Manu Chao was as stirring as it was sweaty. That is, very.


Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘Into the Abyss’

In his documentaries especially, Herzog throws the supposed regulations out completely, ditching any pretense toward objectivity or “documentation” for a decidedly first-person perspective


Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘Sons of Norway’

Sons of Norway, mockingly named after a Norwegian cultural heritage preservation society, tells the story of the role punk music and culture influenced a young boy on the cusp of his adolescence in 1978.


Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘The Descendants’

This is a mature and well-executed study of what happens when people die and leave us with their messes to clean up.


Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘Kill List’

Kill List is the single most demented horror film I have seen in years, and maybe also the very best.


Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’

An exquisite, terrifying, and marvelously vertiginous film, Martha Marcy May Marlene is my favourite movie of the Festival, and may stand up as my favourite picture of the year.


Toronto International Film Festival 2011: ‘Elles’

Although in some ways a seductive feminist study of sex, power, and commerce -- for Binoche is writing this article for money, we cannot forget -- the overall impression by film's end is one of bewilderment rather than contemplation.


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