I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air—
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.

It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath—
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope of battered hill,
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.

God knows ‘twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down,
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear…
But I’ve a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

Alan Seeger

Trailer Talk #1 - The Fountain (2006)

Mixing adolescence with ambitious, sci-fi sentimentality can a dangerous concoction. It was for me anyway, when I saw the trailer Darren Aronofsky’s THE FOUNTAIN while working at a movie theatre, I wasn’t just in awe, the trailer seared itself into my memory. A good trailer pitches a film that you might like, a great trailer can have a more significant impact than the movie itself, which ironically, can make it a terrible trailer.

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Best of 2012

Pulling out my old lists from previous years to archive them. This is 2012. Original post as follows:

This was a year of high expectations and polarizing results. Every big movie that people drooled over there seemed to be an equal amount of resentment for each. I, unfortunately, seemed to be on the negative side of most cases. I found this to be a massively disappointing year where many of the biggest blockbusters felt overstuffed and retreads of previous hits, and even the arthouse scene let me down after the mediocre offerings of TIFF this year, the rest of the big thought-pieces felt empty.

Not to say the year was a complete write-off, the following ten movies are great and I feel many of them massively underrated. Though half of these are still weaker works in strong careers and wouldn’t have made my top 10 in many previous years.

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Best of 2013

Movies live! 2012 was a letdown year for me, luckily a lot of great films were saved for 2013. This year was packed with awesome blockbusters, cool indies, and a variety of envelope-pushers. The following are a loose list of what really made an impression on me, generated some great discussion, and were altogether memorable, satisfying films from 2013. Half of my TIFF films this year are releasing in 2014 and already make up half of my Top 10 list for that year—things are looking good.

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