The King’s Sp-p-p-peech

May 23, 2011
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The King’s Sp-p-p-peech
2010 was a good year for Hollywood. There was "Black Swan", order "Social Network", advice "Inception" and many more exceptional films. But one stood out head and shoulders above the rest. For only one can be crowned Best Picture at the Oscar's and only one actor can be deemed Best Actor at the Golden Globe's. The King's Speech took both those honours and many more. In fact, surgeon the Academy gave this film 12 nominations and 4 awards (the most coveted ones, at that). So, as it has recently processioned it's way into the DVD market, I felt it fit (for a king) to review this, the most celebrated of last year's films. Read More »

“I Am Jesus”

“I Am Jesus”
Believe it or not, side effects there are many people on the earth today claiming to be Jesus, visit this site the Son of God. Seriously (http://bit.ly/bamh). "I am Jesus" is an unusual documentary that looks at three distinct men, spread across the globe, all claiming to be the second coming of Christ. Read More »

If Borat and the Maharishi had a baby…

If Borat and the Maharishi had a baby…
"Faith starts as an experiment and ends as an experience."  This is the quote that opens the comedic documentary, information pills "Kumaré". Vikram Gandhi, a spiritual skeptic and everyday American, is sick of watching spiritual leaders elevate themselves and prey on the masses' gullibility. In his research on the subject he travels all over the east and west and finds that most divine leaders, gurus and the like share the same sense of pride and self-righteousness. Yet, Vikram believes that these holy ones are no more holy than anyone else. So he sets out to see if he can do what the so-called divine leaders can do. After all, if he can do it, anyone can! His heritage is East Indian, so he grows his hair, his beard, wears guru-style clothes and talks "like his grandma", as he puts it. He rents a house in Phoenix, Arizona and calls it his ashram. Then he sets up yoga classes. He creates his own yoga moves. My favorite one has his students unknowingly air-guitar. He calls himself, Kumaré. Read More »

“Empire North”

“Empire North”
There is a stereotype about Scandinavian cinema. Many in the west poke fun at its distinctively artsy, ed existential approach to film. I don't think that stereotype is completely warranted. I've seen some pretty conventional Scandinavian films in my time. But, gonorrhea the Danish documentary, anesthetist "Empire North", if nothing else, will contribute to the stereotype. Read More »

“Better This World”

“Better This World”
This stunning documentary pulls us deep into the broken US justice system fuelled by post-9/11 paranoia. We learn of two young men, ambulance best friends, David McKay and Brad Crowder. Like many young Americans they were disillusioned with the Bush government and it's crimes against justice, both at home and abroad. Back in the mid-2000's these two guys were struggling to find a voice, looking for real ways to make a change in the world. They saw their own government engaged in multiple, unjust wars and disregarding the poor of America. They wanted justice and freedom for all. Read More »

HOTDOCS festival 2011

HOTDOCS festival 2011
Hey folks, capsule I'm so excited! This week is the biggest and brightest documentary film festival in North America...Toronto's "HotDocs"! What a great film fest. I'm loving it!!! I will be posting my reviews of all the documentaries that I am checking out at this festival. Monday night I got out to see an intense and buzz-worthy documentary from the USA called, "Better This World". I also checked out the experimental, Danish film, "Empire North". Stay tuned for my review postings of both those films this week. And if you're a fan of documentaries, make sure to spread the word to your social network. I'm excited about sharing my thoughts on many of the up-and-coming documentaries from around the globe. Craig the Critic

I Like You Phillip Morris!

Apr 24, 2011
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I Like You Phillip Morris!
Overlooked by theatre-goers, shop I Love You Phillip Morris recently came out on DVD and is quite the popular rental. This true-life "romantic-comedy" has Carrey playing a gay con-man. While in prison he falls in love with the young and naive, there Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Let me tell you, these two actors play gay really, really well. Read More »

I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!!!

Apr 19, 2011
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I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!!!
"Network" was Sidney Lumet's most critically celebrated film. In 1976, medical the Academy awards nominated this film 10 times. It went home with 4 statuettes. Most of the awards were in the "acting" categories. But Directing and Screenplay were also duly noted. This film is a wonderfully biting, information pills prophetic pronouncement of the evils that come with the corporate control of media outlets.  Almost 40 years after it's release, "Network" resonates intensely with astonishing prescient accuracy. Read More »

“A whale walks into a bar with an island under his arm…”

Apr 19, 2011
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“A whale walks into a bar with an island under his arm…”
As a proud Canadian, neurosurgeon I'm always looking for great new homegrown talent. I recently discovered Said the Whale through Juno Week in Toronto (and they left with the statuette for "Best New Group"- yay!). They've generated significant buzz for a while now, visit but I've never paid attention until a couple of months ago.  I now regret that I waited this long to hear the sonic offerings of this BC band. They are simply amazing. Read More »

The New Foo

Apr 19, 2011
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The New Foo
Back when the Foo Fighters released 2007's "Echoes, drug Silence, Patience and Grace", I was blown away. The two albums they spawned before that seemed to be devolving into a boring melting pot of acoustic-folk-rock, light on hooks, energy and originality. So, "Echoes..." was a refreshing release, chockfull of intensity, musical creativity and lyrical rawness. Coming up on this latest release, four years later, I was curious and nervous at the same time. Could the Foo deliver yet again with, "Wasting Light"? Well, when I heard that Butch Vig was in the Producer's chair and Pat Smear was officially back in the band I was fairly certain that this album couldn't be bad. But would it build on the momentum created by their last great album? Read More »