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Comments: 0Sunday, June 19, 2016 05:50:38 PM
There are many cool film noir movies that most people probably have never heard of. Take today's Sunday Matinee for example 1953's 99 River Street.John Payne is a washed up boxer who drives a cab now. He has a temper and is jealous of his wife. His wife Peggie Castle is having an affair with a crook played by Brad Dexter who has stolen some diamonds and murdered the diamonds owner but can&
Comments: 0Monday, June 13, 2016 09:44:52 PM
Six years ago, everyone’s favorite alt-actress Tilda Swinton and Italian director Luca Guadagnino delivered I Am Love, a sharp, touching tragedy very few people saw. Now they are back with a more accessible but just as poignant enterprise, A Bigger Splash.Swinton is typecasted as Marianne Lane, a Bowie-esque performer taking a break at a gorgeous Italian villa in Pantelleria following throat
Comments: 0Sunday, June 12, 2016 08:33:10 PM
 Coming from Criterion in two weeks on June 21 on Blu-ray is the 1973 French/Czech science fiction animated movie Fantastic Planet.Weird, tripping and surreal the movie is set on an alien planet that is ruled by giant blue aliens named Traags who have brought humans (Oms) to their planet as pets and animals. A human named Terr who is raised by a Traag and ends up learning their knowledge, lan
Comments: 0Sunday, June 5, 2016 08:16:56 PM
I love the films of Charlie Kaufman. Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York which is the first movie that he wrote and directed (the rest he just wrote).Kaufman has a unique outlook of the world and while many of his stories deal with an offbeat idea, he can capture the human condition perfectly. His movies are often funny and sad at the s
Comments: 0Sunday, May 29, 2016 06:28:03 PM
Disney has been making a lot of live action variations of their hit animated movies over the last couple of years. This weekend their sequel to their 2010 live action Alice in Wonderland just hit theatres with a thud.Lewis Carroll's classic children's novel has been adapted hundreds of times. In 1933 Paramount Studios was on the brink of bankruptcy. They decided to make a live action adapt
Comments: 0Saturday, May 28, 2016 12:48:56 AM
When Tim Burton’s whimsy was at his peak (detractors would call it his worst period), the auteur adapted Lewis Carroll’s seminal Alice in Wonderland. The outcome was a mixed bag: It made a mint at the box office, but it was tough to watch. Burton stripped the story of all darkness and inflated the role of the Mad Hatter to justify the presence of Johnny Depp in the titular role. A
Comments: 0Monday, May 23, 2016 01:14:50 AM
Humphrey Bogart's career largely consisted of starring in crime dramas. He started off as the heavy in gangster films in the 1930s and moved up to star, generally a detective or all around tough guy in the 1940s.By the late 1940s Bogart was a huge star and left Warner Bros. and formed his own production company, Santana Productions. Today's Sunday Matinee is 1950's In a Lonely Place wh
Comments: 0Thursday, May 19, 2016 03:44:21 AM
Danish cinema is far more present in our reality than you would imagine. Mainstays Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), Nicolai Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Ulrich Thomsen (Banshee) are regulars on must-see TV shows; director Susanne Bier is currently killing it with the adaptation of John le Carré’s The Night Manager; and Lars Von Trier disturbs us to the core every couple of years with
Comments: 0Sunday, May 15, 2016 07:06:46 PM
Going to change things up a little today. One of my favourite comic book creators Canadian born Darwyn Cooke passed away yesterday at the age of 53 from cancer.Cooke worked as a cartoonist off and on at the start of his career but nothing ever came of it. In 1990 he went into animation and started to work for Warner Bros. Animation as a storyboard artist for Batman: The Animated Series under Bruce
Comments: 0Sunday, May 8, 2016 08:59:53 PM
I love the films of Park Chan-wook. JSA, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Thirst and Stoker. His movies are brilliant, stylish, violent and well, they're excellent.Park Chan-wook's latest movie is The Handmaiden based on the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Park moves the story to Japanese occupied Korea in the early part of the 20th century. A young thief
Comments: 0Friday, May 6, 2016 03:08:11 AM
Bobby Sands: 66 Days(Ireland/UK, 2016):This sprawling documentary about IRA member Bobby Sands’ hunger strike not only covers every day of his protest, but also his background, the organization’s history, the political context and the deterioration of his body. It’s precisely the desire to cover every nook and cranny of Bobby Sands’ brief but remarkable existence that hinde
Comments: 0Thursday, May 5, 2016 06:08:42 PM
Captain America has become the gold standard for all the franchises contained in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The crusader has delivered the best of all twelve MCU movies (The Winter Soldier) and has effortlessly become the moral center of this colossal enterprise.Outside one small but increasingly problematic qualm (more on that later), Captain America: Civil War ranks up there, not quite
Comments: 0Thursday, May 5, 2016 01:26:50 AM
Life, Animated(USA, 2015):An interesting approach at depicting autism without delving on the cause, Life, Animated is smart enough to limit its scope to one individual and avoid generalizations.The documentary revolves around Owen Suskind, a 23-year old preparing to move on his own. Owen has a moderate autistic disorder and although functional, he is easily overwhelmed by his surroundings. As a ch
Comments: 0Wednesday, May 4, 2016 04:22:53 AM
Under the Gun(USA, 2016):The Katie Couric-Stephanie Soechtig team seems hell-bent on exposing America’s malaises. In Fed Up (2014), they exposed the role of the food industry in the US obesity epidemic. Now they are going after a bigger fish (if possible): The gun lobby.Using the many mass shootings down the border –particularly Sandy Hook and Aurora- as starting point, the documentary
Comments: 0Tuesday, May 3, 2016 12:32:51 AM
Ants on a Shrimp(Netherlands, 2016):Much like documentaries about climate change, after a while all food-centered docs start to look the same. There lies the brilliancy of filmmaker Maurice Dekkers, who cares more about discovering what makes his subject tick than cater to foodies.Dekkers’ subject is a doozy: Chef René Redzepi, the man behind the best restaurant in the world, Noma. In
Comments: 0Monday, May 2, 2016 02:13:16 AM
Tower(USA, 2016):A gripping mix of animation and archive material, Tower is an oral recount of the events in Austin in 1966, in which a gunman killed 16 people and wounded over 30. Thanks to abundant footage (the shooting lasted over an hour and a half, allowing considerable coverage), director Keith Maitland reconstructs the entire standoff. Every blank is filled with animation, a strategy that t
Comments: 0Sunday, May 1, 2016 05:59:08 PM
When you say film noir you generally think of dark shadowy black and white movies featuring criminals and other lowlifes fighting to get ahead. The term film noir is actually a moniker placed on a large group of films made from the 1940s to the 1950s. And while the majority of movies considered to be film noir are in black and white, there are a few that were shot in colour. Today's Sunday Mat
Comments: 0Sunday, May 1, 2016 04:49:06 AM
Gulistan: Lands of Roses(Canada, 2016):Proof that a great subject doesn’t necessarily make for a good documentary, Gulistan, Land of Roses has numerous opportunities to rise above the genre and squanders them all. In theory, the film is about female Kurdish squads battling ISIS, but you never see any fighting taking place. This is not necessarily a problem if the portrait of the guerrilleras
Comments: 0Saturday, April 30, 2016 04:48:20 AM
Weiner(USA, 2016):Right before the scandal that all but destroyed his career, Anthony Weiner was a force to reckon within the Democratic Party. Passionate and eloquent, there were more than a few who saw him as a presidential card.This documentary covers Weiner’s run for Mayor of New York in 2013, after the photos of his junk hit Twitter, but before the sexting scandal. The film is a portrai
Comments: 0Friday, April 29, 2016 04:00:19 AM
For the next few days, I’ll be posting reviews of the most relevant films to be shown in the current edition of HotDocs, the Canadian international documentary festival taking place in Toronto between today and May 8th. The event is the biggest of its kind in North America and will include over 200 docs.I may get to twenty.Chasing Asylum(Australia, 2016):Compared even to USA and Eastern Euro
Comments: 0Sunday, April 24, 2016 06:36:00 PM
Regina's Fan Expo is on this weekend for the third year and it looks like it's going to be busy. Comic books have managed to become dominate in pop culture as movies, TV shows and comic books themselves seem to be everywhere.It's not just in North America. In the Philippines a Wonder Woman like character called Darna has a massive following since her first appearance in the 1950's.
Comments: 0Sunday, April 10, 2016 08:09:22 PM
Howard Hawks made a lot of action adventure movies but one of his best is 1939's Only Angels Have Wings which Criterion will be releasing on Blu-ray on Tuesday April 12.Only Angels Have Wings stars Cary Grant as pilot named Geoff. Geoff is also the manager of a flying mail service in the fictional South American port town of Barranca. The mail service is owned by "Dutchy" (Sig Ruman)
Comments: 0Thursday, April 7, 2016 03:26:13 AM
As part of the Live Stage to the Screen series, this Thursday Cineplex will be showing the recent winner of Best New Play at the Olivier Awards, Hangmen.The piece was written and directed by one of the best playwrights at work in the UK, Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopats), who went ten years without treating his fans with new material, at least on stage.Hangmen takes place mostly at a p
Comments: 0Sunday, April 3, 2016 08:06:12 PM
Before Superman and Batman ever appeared and started beating the crap out of each other just to make a few bucks at the box office, there was Chandu the Magician. Made by Fox in 1932 and based on the popular radio serial, Chandu the Magician was the archetype superhero, armed with mystical powers and fighting an evil super villain for the fate of the world.The story starts with Frank Chandler aka
Comments: 0Friday, April 1, 2016 06:31:28 PM
The Balkan Wars -the most devastating conflict of the 90’s- has been portrayed in film numerous times, from Angelina Jolie’s melodramatic In the Land of Blood and Honey to standard war-is-hell flicks like Welcome to Sarajevo. In most cases, the scope is too massive for a film to fully grasp all the nuances involved, and those who try invariably come short.A Perfect Day approaches the m
Comments: 0Sunday, March 27, 2016 07:14:33 PM
It's Easter Sunday and it feels like today's Sunday Matinee should be an egg hunt.I've already talked about Ridley Scott's excellent 1979 Alien for 31 Days of Horror so today let's look at the 1986 sequel Aliens.The first film followed a small crew in space that responded to a distress call on an alien planet only to find a derelict alien ship with a dead pilot and a bunch of e
Comments: 0Friday, March 25, 2016 01:26:33 AM
Much like with Michael Bay (but undeservedly so), people seem to be lining up to knock director Zack Snyder down a peg. His crime? Snyder adapts comics into movies, but is not married to the source material. His version of Watchmen wasn’t half bad, but the filmmaker got heck for changing the ending and keeping everything else the same.The Watchmen backlash was nothing nex
Comments: 0Friday, March 18, 2016 01:17:49 PM
Before he found a home on a TV show playing a fairy-tale character, Robert Carlyle was one of the edgiest actors around. Between 1995 and 2005 he embodied the irascible Begbie in Trainspotting, an unemployed stripper in The Full Monty, a cannibal in Ravenous and a wretched patriarch in Angela’s Ashes. Heck, Carlyle was even a Bond villain for good measure.Nearly a decade since his heyday, we
Comments: 0Tuesday, March 15, 2016 09:07:30 PM
A case could be made that Irish actor Jack Reynor belongs in the same group as Tom Hardy, Jack O’Connell and Domhnall Gleeson. Reynor is a reliable screen presence who has delivered strong supporting performances in critical darlings like Macbeth, Sing Street and A Royal Night Out.Unfortunately, most of North America knows Reynor for the horrid Delivery Man and the somehow worse Transformers
Comments: 0Sunday, March 13, 2016 07:44:38 PM
Ray Milland had a long acting career that started in the 1930's and went on well into the 1980's. His biggest success came during the 1940's and 1950's when he was one of Paramount's top leading and paid men.In the late 1950's he started directing. He made a couple of movies and then moved to directing TV. At the start of the 1960's he starred in three films produced Am