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Indie Roundup: ‘No’

Straight off, “No” is one ugly movie. Shot on a grainy 1980s U-Matic video camera with a muddy gray-and-brown color palette, the Oscar-nominated flick by director Pablo Larrain is not going to win you over with pretty pictures.

Of course, the movie takes place in a very ugly period in history: the waning days of Augusto Pinochet’s brutal regime. No Chilean needs to be reminded that the military strongman seized power in 1973 following a CIA-led coup and then brutally crushed all dissent. Yet what made sense back during the realpolitik of the ’70s became an embarrassment in the late ’80s when the Soviet Union was gasping its last breath. Bowing to international pressure, Pinochet grudgingly allows a referendum on his reign to go forward in 1988. A yes would give the mustached generalissimo another eight years in power. A no, in theory, would not. Continue reading ‘Indie Roundup: ‘No’’

Indie Roundup TIFF: ‘Looper’ director reveals film’s surprising influence plus ‘Thale’ and ‘No’

Toronto International Film Festival, Day-One Screenings:

Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller Looper launched this year’s Toronto film festival and it was a great choice. The movie has the singularity of vision and the integrity of an indie or art house movie but it’s on an epic scale with Hollywood actors; exactly the sort of movies that Toronto loves to showcase. It’s also just about impossible to talk about without spoiling it. So if you’re remotely concerned about learning too much about this flick, do yourself a favor and skip down to “Thale.” Continue reading ‘Indie Roundup TIFF: ‘Looper’ director reveals film’s surprising influence plus ‘Thale’ and ‘No’’


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