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October 05, 2006
  A golden trailer parkPDF files may take a moment to load

Mike Clattenburg’s come a long way from getting drunk in a trailer park and filming a mockumentary TV show based on outrageous characters with no real goals in life aside from getting drunk and smoking weed. Well, at least ostensibly.

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September 28, 2006
  Film-Fest Review: Wasabi TunaPDF files may take a moment to load

Billed as a campy comedy for all audiences (the press material is oddly eager to point out you don't have to be gay to like it), Wasabi Tuna is more like a train wreck. One where the train has careened off a cliff and onto an active minefield. And is leaking poison gas. And is somehow breeding nihilist werewolves. It's that bad.

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September 28, 2006
  Film-Fest Review: Chez SchwartzPDF files may take a moment to load

What director Garry Beitel wants to show you is that there's more to Schwartz's than a good lunch--the narrow, age old Montreal landmark is a hub of excitement. The film offers insight into the lives of the staff--some who've walked the linoleum tiles for more than 30 years--and patrons who'll remember their first sandwich for a long time yet. While the look into the lives revolving around the deli is certainly compelling, it's also where the movie falters.

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September 28, 2006
  Film-Fest Review: RequiemPDF files may take a moment to load

German filmmaker Hans- Christian Schmid's Requiem plays like The Exorcist without the demons and projectile vomit. Though inspired by the same events that prompted last year's Exorcism of Emily Rose, Schmid shuns the Hollywood horror approach, aiming for realism instead, leaving the audience to determine just how much of the devil is in the details.

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September 21, 2006
  Film-Fest Preview: Spirit DoctorsPDF files may take a moment to load

A simple, highly spiritual documentary about the world of native medicine, Spirit Doctors offers heartfelt insight into the nature of aboriginal healing. It's a well thought-out story that brings together two completely opposite worlds: the modern hospital medicine of Vancouver and the vast expanse of native spiritual healing prevalent in the Similkameen Valley. It allows a glimpse of native healing before modernization, and how the 'old ways' can still be used today.

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September 21, 2006
  Film-Fest Preview: Tragic Story with a Happy EndingPDF files may take a moment to load

Tragic Story with Happy Ending is an animated short from Portuguese filmmaker Regina Pessoa. The story centers on a girl who doesn't fit into her small home town--tragically, she was born with a heart two sizes too small. Despite its outward similarities to a certain holiday favourite, the girl really does have the heart of a bird. So small that it beats very fast, and noticibly louder than an ordinary heart. It's so loud that everyone in town hears it all day and all night and it begins to drive them understandably insane.

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September 21, 2006
  Film-Fest Preview: SneakersPDF files may take a moment to load

Adidas once designed a shoe specifically for drug dealers in Detroit. It came in dark blue, and featured a fur lining.

From the dark alleyways of Detroit, to the bustling streets of Tokyo, shoes are a universal fashion essential, and now they are also the focus of a documentary by Femke Wolting, aptly named Sneakers.

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September 14, 2006
  Seven years of international filmPDF files may take a moment to load

Five screens. Ten days. An assload of movies. Starting up at the end of the month, the Calgary International Film Festival roars proudly into it's seventh year.

Starting out in 1999 as a barely-notable blip on the scene for film nerds, the CIFF has since evolved into the fourth largest film fest in the country. Featuring films by critically-acclaimed directors like Pedro Almoldevar and Jim Jarmusch, the CIFF has come a long way since it's days as an outlet exclusively for struggling indie filmmakers.

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February 02, 2006
  Movie Review: Nanny Mcphee gets by on British charmPDF files may take a moment to load

I've heard angels, and they sound like British children. Sweet, motherless British children with jam on their faces who dislodge their little sister's dollies' heads with their homemade guillotines. This is what you'll witness when Nanny McPhee opens and you bloody well fall in love with it.

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