Framing the Earth

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead APRIL 22 is Earth Day, and has been since 1970, when a bunch of Harvard graduates organized a grass … Read more

Cultural exchange

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead The Necessities of Life (Ce Qu’il Faut Pour Vivre) is a fish-out-of-water drama about an Inuit hunter forced by illness … Read more

Latest Palme winner a class act

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Opening this month, Laurent Cantet’s French language feature The Class (Entre Les Murs) won the Palme d’Or, the top prize, at … Read more

Cinema as therapy

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Israeli director Ari Folman, a draftee during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, wanted to tell a story about … Read more

Ripping tales

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Intellectual property rights is one of the most vexing issues of the digital era. People on different sides of … Read more

Break out and break ins

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead There was not a preview of the teenage rites-of-passage comedy Growing Op before we went to press, but the film should … Read more

Blue Gold and other VIFF gems

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead In recent years, there has been a spate of documentaries on the subject of water – its increasing commodification … Read more

Let me share a secret

documentary screenings at the Vancouver Internationlal Film Festival FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead Among the 100 or so documentaries at this year’s Vancouver International … Read more