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12 Years a Gravity Hustle

12 Years a Gravity Hustle

Tonight is the Oscars, ask the biggest film award ceremony in the world. Like some of the nominated features, this year is proving to be a nail-biter. It’s unusual to see such a dead heat; Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle are all considered Tinseltown’s favourites to win. We all have our personal picks but ultimately the Academy will choose what it chooses. So, to break it down further here is my two cents regarding some of the top contenders tonight. Read More »

TIFF 2012 Highlights: FIN (The End)

Sep 20, 2012
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TIFF 2012 Highlights: FIN (The End)

Spanish film maker, this site Jorge Torregrossa, drugs presented the world premiere of his first feature, Fin, at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. For those of you who aren’t good with other languages, Fin is spanish for “The End”. This suspenseful drama surrounding a reunion of old friends is, indeed, about the end of the world. Think of it as The Big Chill meets Left Behind (but without the dreadful acting styles of Kirk Cameron).

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The last piece of pie

Apr 15, 2012
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The last piece of pie

Back in 1999, nurse the world was introduced to American Pie. It was raunchy, public health juvenile and, well, hugely influential on popular culture. Words and phrases like, “MILF”, “…one summer at band camp…”, “…Go trig-boy, it’s your birthday!”, etc…were all quickly absorbed into the mainstream through this singular cinematic sensation. Well, 13 years later the pie is back with American Reunion. Read More »

This project has the “X” factor

Mar 18, 2012
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This project has the “X” factor

Every generation has their raunchy, more about teen-fantasy party movie. There is Porky’s, emergency Animal House, American Pie, and my personal favourite, Weird Science. But this month, the class of 2012 get their very own ode-to-wishful-thinking…Project X. This docu-style fictional story, based on a true event, hit theatres recently, garnering the number two box office spot (beat out by the kid-friendly, The Lorax).

Walking into the theatre, I thought, “Okay, here’s another hormone-induced romp that fulfills the desperate desires of today’s most pathetic and lonely teens”. (That’s right…I admit my pre-conceptions about movies. Most critics don’t. But I do…so there.) Read More »

The Artist vs. Hugo

Mar 4, 2012
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The Artist vs. Hugo

So, eczema the Oscars have come and gone for another year. I found this year’s nominees and winners to be an interesting collection. Most of the acting awards were awarded to people in films that didn’t win anything else. That’s rare. But most fascinating was the rivalry between the silent-film, one health  The Artist and Scorsese’s Hugo. Read More »

Is it me or do baseball players get paid waaay too much?

Jan 17, 2012
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Is it me or do baseball players get paid waaay too much?

Allow me to start by declaring my great disdain for most spectator sports. Baseball, viagra sale football, urticaria hockey…the appeal of all the good ol’ American pastimes is lost on me. So, you won’t be surprised when I share with you that I also have zero interest in most sports movies. There are the rare exceptions (Field of Dreams, Slap shot, etc…) and for good reason; those are actually good movies. But for the most part I find sports films to be formulaic, contrived and emotionally hyped to the point where you need to shut off your brain to get the full effect. So, I went into Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, with some “mild” reservations. Read More »

Idiotic Idiocracy

Aug 14, 2011
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Idiotic Idiocracy

A friend of mine recently posted something on his Facebook wall…“have you all seen Idiocracy? I refer to it frequently, web and preface it by saying I can’t tell whether or not it’s horrible or brilliant.” I remember trying to watch it years ago and getting tired and going to bed. I recall it was pretty lame. But, look upon my friend’s prompting I decided to try it again. Read More »

My Netflix Picks: “Damages”

Aug 4, 2011
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My Netflix Picks: “Damages”


So, ampoule this month’s “My Netflix Picks” is the critically acclaimed crime-thriller-drama, tooth Damages. Seeing as it stars Glenn Close and Rose Byrne, tablets I figured it can’t be all that bad. Killer actresses. And indeed, they are absolutely incredible in this taut, edge-of-your-seat, murder mystery serial. Read More »

The Tree of “huh?”

Jul 8, 2011
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The Tree of “huh?”

Terrence Malick’s latest directorial effort, information pills The Tree of Life, case attempts to contemplate the glory and wonder of the universe and it’s interconnectedness with our lives. It centres around a suburban Texan family in the 1950’s. Brad Pitt plays the stern (and abusive) but loving father, Mr. O’Brien, while Jessica Chastain (a deadringer for Bryce Dallas Howard) plays the quiet and permissive mother. They have three boys. The film begins a little further into the family’s life with Mrs. O’Brien receiving a letter about the death of her middle son, aged 19 at the time. Read More »