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Comments: 0Thursday, October 8, 2015 03:11:45 PM
In a smaller German village in the early 1900's, a young man is arrested for murder of his girlfriend after the two of them stumble upon something in the woods. The man commits suicide and the court quickly rules that he murdered the girl and then killed himself. The boy's father Professor Jules Heitz (Michael Goodliffe) doesn't believe the ruling and decides to discover the killer for
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 7, 2015 02:52:12 PM
By the mid-1960's Hammer was in full swing pumping out a several horror movies a year. On top of their many many Frankenstein and Dracula movies, they also tackled mummies, more vampires, werewolves, aliens, mythological monsters and more. Zombies were a natural next step.Zombies first hit the screen back in 1932's awesome White Zombie. In that film an evil  voodoo master has a horde
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 6, 2015 03:02:35 PM
As Hammer starting having a massive success with horror films like The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula they struck up and agreement with Universal Studios to remake several of their monster movies. The first up on the list was 1959's The Mummy.Instead of remaking Universal's classic 1932 movie starring Boris Karloff, this version was closer to remaking Universal's The Mummy
Comments: 0Monday, October 5, 2015 02:57:15 PM
1957 was a big year for Hammer. They had Quatermass 2 and this horror film from Quatermass writer Nigel Kneale based on Kneale TV play The Creature. But both features were overshadowed by the release of The Curse of Frankenstein. Still Kneale's The Abominable Snowman or The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas as it was known in the U.S. (I guess Americans needed to be told where yetis come fro
Comments: 0Sunday, October 4, 2015 06:02:15 PM
When Hammer found international success with The Quatermass Xperiment they knew they quickly wanted to repeat their success and created a new sci-fi horror story but found that Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale refused to allow them the rights to Quatermass. Kneale didn't want his characters used in a story not written by him, so after quick renaming of the main character, Hammer was ready to ma
Comments: 0Saturday, October 3, 2015 04:06:42 PM
Even though the first two Quatermass movies were big hits for Hammer, they wouldn't adapt Nigel Kneale's third Quatermass TV serial until 1967 almost 10 years after the serial was televised.It took a while for the production to get going but this time Nigel Kneale got his wish and Quatermass was recast. Andrew Keir stepped into the good professor's shoes. Construction of the Londo
Comments: 0Friday, October 2, 2015 03:06:38 PM
With the success of the first Quatermass movie Hammer quickly went and secured the rights to Nigel Kneale's next Quatermass story Quatermass II.Kneale wanted more control over his creation so he wrote the first draft of the screenplay but was disappointed when Brian Donlevy returned as Quatermass. The movie was released in 1957 and while successful it was overshadowed by another breakout horro
Comments: 0Thursday, October 1, 2015 03:05:47 PM
Another year and it’s time for another 31 Days of Horror. This year will focus on British Hammer Films massive contribution to the horror genre. Changing things up a bit this year instead of every day being a complete random movie of my choosing like they have in the past each week will be themed starting with the Quatermass trilogy this week followed by a week of monster movies, psychologic
Comments: 0Wednesday, September 30, 2015 09:48:50 PM
This Wednesday, Robert Zemeckis' latest film The Walk arrives to IMAX theatres (it will expands wide next Friday the 9th). The tale of Philippe Petit -who walked between the Twin Towers in a memorable high-wire act- is one that lends itself to the 3-D format. The CGI is seamless and the use of perspective is remarkable. This is a movie that benefits from bein
Comments: 0Saturday, September 19, 2015 02:14:02 AM
I’ve nursed a crush on Julie Delpy since I was 17 and I saw back-to-back Europa, Europa and Voyager. It crystalized upon watching Before Sunrise, the movie that launched thousands of backpackers in pursuit of their own feisty French gal (few were successful).This Friday I met her in person. The circumstances weren’t ideal: I was accompanied by three journos unable t
Comments: 0Friday, September 18, 2015 03:55:19 AM
Must… review… movies…Into the Forest (Canada, 2015): In her first movie in seven years, Patricia Rozema takes on Jean Hegland’s high school classic and amps the ante to unbearable levels. Set in the proverbial not-too-distant future, Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood are sisters holed up in a cottage in the forest following a massive power outage.As the lack of e
Comments: 0Thursday, September 17, 2015 04:20:37 AM
The cellphone situation is getting out of hand, even at press and industry screenings. It seems like the notion of cinema as an immerse experience is lost in quite a few people.Here are some common sense rules to follow if you don’t want me to tap your shoulder and gently tell you to TURN OFF YOUR EFFING PHONE.If you are waiting for a text or e-mail, maybe you shouldn’t be at the movie
Comments: 0Wednesday, September 16, 2015 05:00:14 AM
Anyone wants to hear about my day today? Nobody? Alrighty then.45 Years (UK, 2015): This slow simmering drama is bound to be part of every best-of-the-year list. A terrific script is enhanced by spectacular performances by Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling, both doing the most of silences and pauses.Kate and Geoff have been married for nearly 45 years. A week before their anniversary,
Comments: 0Tuesday, September 15, 2015 07:27:56 PM
It's almost Expo Weekend!An elite squadron of artists will be descending upon Saskatoon with pencils and s-foils locked in attack position. We're bringing them together Friday night for a group art show inspired by a galaxy far, far away...This Friday, September 18th, from 7 to 10 pm at Unreal City - 139 2nd Avenue North. One night only. All pieces will be original. No prints. No disintegr
Comments: 0Tuesday, September 15, 2015 04:01:16 AM
Halfway through the festival, my longest day: Six interviews! Here are the headlines:Michael Nyqvist (Colonia): The star of the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy has a Christopher Walken-quality to him.Andrew Haigh (director of 45 Years): The filmmaker has the best film of the festival, but he doesn’t seem to know it. Humble, interesting fella.Anders Thomas Jensen (director of Men
Comments: 0Monday, September 14, 2015 12:50:55 AM
After a couple of rough days, a perfect game. Five strong interviews that you hopefully will get to read in the magazine in the near future. One of them, Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper herself), is grown up enough to star in her own horror movie. I feel old.Beeba Boys (Canada, 2015): In an apparent departure from her usual output, writer/director Deepa Mehta (Water, Midnight’s Children) tackle
Comments: 0Sunday, September 13, 2015 04:42:28 AM
These are the kind of journalists you’ll meet at a roundtable at TIFF:The keener: The one who write original questions in advance, doesn’t digress and makes faces when other reporters make silly questions. These are my people.The slug: The one who doesn’t open his mouth the entire time, but will profit of his/her colleagues work.The loudmouth: The one who speaks on top of others,
Comments: 0Saturday, September 12, 2015 03:19:08 AM
Not my finest day of interviews. The directors I talked to –Jay Roach, Gavin Hood- were gracious, interesting and fun, especially when you talk shop with them. The actors were also gracious, but not nearly as talkative. Not necessarily their fault: Journalists out of breath are rarely good conversationalists. Luckily, there are plenty of filmmakers (and a few thespians) coming my way for me
Comments: 0Friday, September 11, 2015 05:21:41 AM
This is the sixth year I cover the Toronto International Film Festival and I’m getting jaded. I’ve always avoided the press conferences (most of the questions are mind-bogglingly stupid), but now even the roundtables annoy me (people trying to talk on top of each other, just to lay the most obvious inquires). One-on-ones are ideal, but also the rarest of beasts.It doesn’t seem th
Comments: 0Friday, September 4, 2015 03:44:41 PM
            I once wrote that The Karpinka Brothers were, “the glowing, thumping heart of the Saskatoon music scene,” and those words still stand. You Can Count On Me is the third full-length album from the brothers, and as always, it’s a deeply earnest and buoyant collection of songs. In fact, their music would seem somewhat
Comments: 0Friday, September 4, 2015 03:42:56 PM
            One probably doesn’t think of Saskatchewan as a hotbed for the international DJ scene, but surprise, surprise, it is home to the winner of the Canadian Redbull Thre3style Competition for 2015, DJ Charly Hustle.   The Redbull competition is the largest of its kind in the world, which means more recognition for Hustle
Comments: 0Thursday, July 16, 2015 07:43:18 PM
Things didn’t look good for Ant-Man early on. The outrage over Edgar Wright being sidelined from his pet project, followed by the hiring of a middle-of-the-pack craftsman (Peyton Reed) were particularly worrisome signs. The commissioning of a rewrite (courtesy of comedy specialist Adam McKay) was the cherry on what was expected to be a tasteless cake, at least by comic book geeks a
Comments: 0Friday, June 19, 2015 01:09:48 AM
Alongside people like Woody Allen and Ridley Scott, director Michael Winterbottom is among the most prolific filmmakers at work today. The British auteur averages a movie a year. This is both a blessing and a curse: At best, Winterbottom’s movies can be fun and breezy (The Trip saga, 24 Hour Party People). At worst, they feel painfully undercooked (The Killer Inside Me, the unwatchable Trish
Comments: 0Friday, June 12, 2015 04:02:01 PM
Jurassic World’s intention to be more like the original wasn’t just words thrown lightly in the heat of promotion. There are Spielbergian overtones all over this film, not to mention a pro-science agenda and certain contempt for corporations.Indeed, Jurassic World easily stands above the third movie and gives The Lost World a run for its money, at least in subtext (
Comments: 0Friday, May 22, 2015 03:04:45 PM
A surefire way to tell if a movie is any good is by keeping track of the physical reactions it triggers. The conclusion of Tomorrowland had me desperately trying to control my sobbing as I was surrounded by critics (they are judgy people, it’s in the job description).Next to those dystopian scenarios that are all the rage today (Mad Max: Fury Road, young-adult franchises using teens as canon
Comments: 0Saturday, May 16, 2015 07:11:50 PM
By this point, you have probably read a number of glowing reviews of Mad Max: Fury Road, perhaps even in this magazine. Adjectives as “ moviemaking master class”, "thought provoking" and “of the uttermost brilliancy” have been used to describe it.This one is not that kind of review.Let me put it this way. Yesterday, I saw a drama starring the septuagenarian B
Comments: 0Friday, May 15, 2015 03:12:25 PM
Independent, low-budget Canadian cinema depends in large part of a strong script and competent performers. Songs She Wrote about People She Knows has both, so much so, one ends up wishing for higher production values in order to give the film a proper framing.The delightfully deadpan Arabella Bushnell is Carol, a fed-up office worker who finds a degree of solace in writing mean-spirited tunes abou
Comments: 0Friday, May 1, 2015 03:47:40 AM
Welcome to Leith (USA, 2015): In a foreboding corner of North Dakota you’ll find the town on Leith. The small, tight-knit community had no idea what was coming when a cantankerous, lonely man moved in. It wasn’t just a regular Joe trying to get away from it all, but militant white supremacist Craig Cobb, who soon enough started to buy land for his fellow neo-Nazis.The excellent Welcome
Comments: 0Thursday, April 30, 2015 03:58:52 AM
Chuck Norris vs. Communism (Romania/USA, 2015): A usually successful strategy to make a documentary is to take a very specific phenomenon and see how it relates to a larger movement. The terrific doc Chuck Norris vs. Communism takes this approach and runs with it, with the added bonus of one fascinating subject.During the Eighties, the only way to have access to American movies in Romania was thro
Comments: 0Wednesday, April 29, 2015 01:05:02 AM
While this year’s HotDocs features plenty of hard-hitting, thought-provoking features, a couple of crowd-pleasers have made it into the line-up. Here are two of them.Raiders! (USA, 2015): For most of their teenage years, three kids spent every summer filming a shot-by-shot recreation of Raiders of the Lost Ark. With no more resources than sheer will and gung-ho spirit, the boys succeeded for