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Journey’s End

By: Trevor Chartrand Between the imminent threat of attack, the dank living conditions and the terrible rations, there’s no nightmare worse than enduring trench warfare.  Filmmaker Saul Dibb dares to depict these WWI conditions in Journey’s End, a gritty war drama with intense realism.  To be clear, this isn’t a film that celebrates war heroes or glorifies the battlefield.  Instead, the film follows a group of soldiers who are faced with the inevitable promise of death,…

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Happy End

It has been five years since Michael Haneke’s last film, the Palme d’Or and Oscar-winning Amour.  In that time, the world has been witness to ISIS execution videos, murders on Facebook Live, and the livestreaming of someone’s brutal death after an auto accident.  With that much material, Haneke has returned with Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant to gift the world Happy End, a film that looks at modern technology’s ability to capture atrocities, set within…

One-on-Ones

Wylie Writes’ Tight Fifteen with Michael Haneke

In the mid-2000’s, a copy of Caché in a Rogers Video would be my introduction to the works of Michael Haneke, and what an introduction it was.  I had heard of a shocking moment in Caché, and I was still unprepared for it.  A decade later, I had seen every feature that Haneke had made, always salivating for the next.  This is why it was such a shock to me when I was told that,…

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Berberian Sound Studio

By: Addison Wylie Berberian Sound Studio didn’t frighten me.  It didn’t creep, weird, or freak me out either.  I didn’t get any sort of shivers out of the experience nor did I get any heebies or jeebies. If Peter Strickland’s film is anything, it’s mildly unsettling.  It smartly pleads the case that our imaginations can provide strokes of detail if a film supplies the foundation for which our thoughts are built on.  It’s absolutely true…