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Comments: 0Sunday, April 13, 2014 07:10:42 PM
Since I was a kid every year, without fail, my father always takes my brother and I to the Regina Majestics Car Show. So in honour of the Majestics this weekend today's Sunday Matinee is George Lucas' 1973 car cruising classic.American Graffiti is about one last cruise night for a group of graduated high schoolers in the year 1962. The film follows multiple storylines as the night progress
Comments: 0Wednesday, April 9, 2014 06:14:19 PM
Okay, so this is slightly old news (it was originally posted on April 4th), but it’s freakin’ hilarious to me: according to this CBC report AN ACTUAL ROCKET SCIENTIST IS TRYING TO HELP SASKATOON CLEAN UP OUR FILTHY STREETS! Yup. Alan Manson, professor emeritus at the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies at the U of S, is disgusted with the amount of dusty crap that plagues o
Comments: 0Monday, April 7, 2014 05:30:21 PM
So I was browsing through the Toronto Star this morning (I’m a journalist — it’s my job!), when I came across this story about the Toronto Public Library. They’ve just signed up with Hoopla, described as a “Netflix-like service for libraries” gives you access to over 10,000 movies, 250,000 music albums and TV shows as well on line — FOR FREE! All you need
Comments: 0Sunday, April 6, 2014 07:20:57 PM
Marvel's Captain America: Winter Soldier opened this weekend to rave reviews and a huge box office take. There doesn't seem to be any stopping to the Marvel / Disney movie machine. It's unfortunate that Marvel's bigger name characters aren't controlled by Marvel Studios.When Marvel went bankrupt in the late 1990's they licensed out Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
Comments: 0Saturday, April 5, 2014 06:49:25 AM
We live in the golden age of the thrifty horror movie: Big studios purchase low-budget flicks and make a killing with it (Paranormal Activity, The Last Exorcism and all their clones). There is one problem with this business model: The films themselves seldom -if ever- live up to the premise that spawns it. Prime example is The Purge: Fantastic concept (all crime is allowed for a short period of ti
Comments: 0Sunday, March 30, 2014 05:28:38 PM
While Darren Aronofsky's Noah makes a killing at the box office this weekend I couldn't help but think of this 1928 film. Whenever the story of Noah's Ark is mentioned I think, wait wasn't there a movie where a bunch of people actually got killed while making the film. And there is.Nowadays when movies are made most of the special effects are CGI. It would be absurd for anyone to c
Comments: 0Friday, March 28, 2014 07:33:35 AM
Easily one of the most preposterous stories in the Old Testament, Noah’s Ark holds very little allegoric value. The fact Darren Aronofsky picked this particular tale to make his first proper studio movie was surprising, to say the least.Turns out the director of Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream knew exactly what he was doing. Noah is one of the strongest bibli
Comments: 0Thursday, March 27, 2014 04:57:37 PM
Hey true believers (to blatantly steal from Stan Lee)!  My special guest blogger has returned!  Sam Corbett, drummer extraodinaire from The Sheepdogs, is back to tell us about how the band got together in the first place.  It's like a prequel, but without Jar Jar!Without further adieu --- Sam Corbett!-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Comments: 0Friday, March 21, 2014 03:28:12 PM
Young Adult literature and dystopian societies go together like sullen peas and carrots. Divergent is a prime example of this phenomenon: Abstract social order, thick mythology, an unassuming hero and a brooding love interest (the sulkier, the better).It seems like a formula, but it’s easy to get the combination wrong. For every Hunger Games, there is a Mortal Instruments, a hodgepodge of ba
Comments: 0Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:34:17 PM
Often Canadian actors swear they want to build a career here before even considering to move south of the border. Sarah Gadon puts her money where her mouth is. A recent winner at the Canadian Screen Awards, Sarah has become a staple in David Cronenberg’s work (Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method and the upcoming Map to the Stars) and his son Brandon (Anti-viral).The young thesp has now joined fo
Comments: 0Sunday, March 16, 2014 01:49:44 PM
I'm starting to think I might have been doing this for a while now. Keeping in mind there are still thousands of movies I want to write about, the film I was going to write about today, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (which turns 60 this year), I already wrote about two years ago. So being that I'm still in pulp action kind of mood today's film is the 1966 adventure film Tarzan and the V
Comments: 0Saturday, March 8, 2014 08:45:21 PM
Since his first success stateside in 1988 (the wonderful My Neighbor Totoro), it’s impressive how consistent Hayao Miyazaki has remained. Even at his most fantastic, his films always feature a painful truth the protagonist must cope with. There are no villains in Miyazaki’s movies. Just dreamers and pragmatists trying to deal with the hand they have been given.After fifty years in the
Comments: 0Monday, March 3, 2014 03:12:40 PM
If you’ve been following the ‘End of the Century’ series of short films by Callen Diederichs, you’ll be familiar with the 19th century Saskatchewan wanderer-adventures of gunslingers Jean Delacroix and George Terrance O’Donoghue.  In Diederichs’ new short, ‘Local Girls’ the two unknowingly stumble upon supernatural goings-on of a sort.I don&rsqu
Comments: 0Sunday, March 2, 2014 12:09:49 PM
One of the masters has passed away at the age of 91. Alain Resnais was a French filmmaker whose body of work included such masterpieces as Night and Fog, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad and My American Uncle.Alain Resnais started making films in the 1940's and he was still making movies up until his death. His last film Life of Riley was just released this year. Resnais began his f
Comments: 0Thursday, February 27, 2014 04:40:25 PM
Originally, my intention was to dedicate a full column to each major category before the ceremony next Sunday. It’s already Wednesday, so I’m forced to cram. Without further ado, here are my predictions.BEST PICTURE12 Years a SlaveAmerican HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerNebraskaPhilomenaThe Wolf of Wall StreetTruth to be told, I would be okay with any on this titles
Comments: 0Monday, February 24, 2014 01:39:28 PM
Ghaa — stupid aging, how I hate you!  One of the coolest “oh yeah — that guy!” actors / writers / directors ever, Harold Ramis, died today at age 69 (CBC) due to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. That blows.Most people will remember Ramis (IMDB) as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (which he co-wrote with  Dan Ackroyd), or as the director of Groundhog Day—both
Comments: 0Monday, February 24, 2014 12:50:54 AM
There was a time Luc Besson was a force to reckon. During the 90’s Besson treated us with top notch entertainment (The Professional, The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita), the kind that reverberates for years. At some point, Besson must have decided the rewards weren’t worth the effort and veered towards cheap thrillers without cinematic value. The filmmaker also opted out the director c
Comments: 0Thursday, February 20, 2014 06:42:09 PM
I don’t follow the UFC and I know just enough to differentiate it from the WWF (there is a fence involved). In such circumstances, the title of the documentary Takedown: The DNA of GSP meant absolutely nothing. For a moment I thought the film was about taxes.In this particular case, ignorance is bliss. Takedown tells the story of Georges St-Pierre, the most successful mix
Comments: 0Friday, February 14, 2014 02:10:02 PM
“Cannibal Restaurant ‘With Roasted Human Heads On The Menu’ Shut Down By Police.”Technically I guess this was a headline in The Independent on Wednesday, and in the source newspaper, the People First Osun Defender (“the sixth most-visited newspaper in Nigeria”), last September.Wonder if this is true, or total malarkey…
Comments: 0Thursday, February 13, 2014 01:04:23 AM
The paranoid talking heads at Fox News may be onto something when they criticize Hollywood for having an anti-corporate mentality. In The Muppets, the villain’s name is Tex Richman. In The Lego Movie, the main antagonist is Lord Business. In RoboCop, the source of all evil is OmniCorp, a conglomerate that sells robots to preserve the social order.A remake of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven’s c
Comments: 0Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:20:34 AM
2014 is the odd year in which the Oscar favorites -12 Years a Slave and Gravity- don’t have particularly strong scripts. This phenomenon opens the door for competition: Titles overlooked in the main races have a shot in the screenplay competitions.The nominees in the Best Adapted Screenplay category are:Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street.Billy Ray, Captain Phillips.John Ridley, 12 Years
Comments: 0Monday, February 10, 2014 11:23:01 PM
As reported on CBC, in the Leader-Post and CJME, and mentioned earlier on Dog Blog, a plan by the provincial government to sell Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw fell apart today. Fell apart? More like fell off a motorcycle, landed on a banana peel, bounced over a hedge and landed face-first in a pile of yellow snow. It was an epic wipe-out, and it left everybody mad at everyone else.&n
Comments: 0Monday, February 10, 2014 12:05:08 PM
Kudos to both Premier Brad Wall and NDP opposition leader Cam Broten for agreeing to raise a pride flag at the Saskatchewan Legislature for the duration of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. As The StarPhoenix and others reported this morning, The Leg now joins the likes of the province of Alberta, the cities of Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and many more in what shoul
Comments: 0Friday, February 7, 2014 06:10:12 PM
And that’s basically it in a nutshell: wow, the Olympics are fun to get into, aren’t’ they? Damn straight! But ugh, how about that Vladimir Putin (pictured above, in a very manly topless pose with a semi-erect rod) and the homophobic culture he’s trying to promote in Russia?What to do, right? No worries—here’s an article from our Regina sister mag Prairie Dog by
Comments: 0Friday, February 7, 2014 04:05:17 PM
Originally, The Monuments Men was thought a contender in the upcoming Academy Awards. A couple of months before the opening date, Columbia Pictures decided to postpone it, allegedly because of a “crowded field” ahead.Now we learn the real reason. The Monuments Men is not a bad film by any means, but some major issues hinder an otherwise terrific subject for a movie. Based on the non-fi
Comments: 0Thursday, January 30, 2014 04:41:37 PM
From CBC:Saskatchewan's Progressive Conservative Party is now in control of a $3-million fund after prevailing in a long-running court dispute involving the Saskatchewan Party. The money has been kept in a trust fund since 1997 when the Saskatchewan PCs decided to go into hiatus.Interesting, though I'd think any electoral impact would be the long-term. The Sask. Party is very, very strong
Comments: 0Monday, January 27, 2014 09:40:24 PM
From now and until the Academy Awards on March 2nd I’ll be analyzing the most important races of the year, and if there is time, the lesser ones. Let’s start with Best Achievement in Cinematography. The nominees are:Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity.Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis.Phedon Papamichael, Nebraska.Roger Deakins, Prisoners.Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster.First of all, let me
Comments: 0Thursday, January 16, 2014 06:44:05 PM
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the fourth attempt to turn Tom Clancy’s signature character into a franchise. It’s not like previous installments failed (they all delivered a handsome profit), but the actors around whom the saga was supposed to be built rarely returned.This time, Chris Pine is the chosen one to portrait CIA analyst Ryan. It’s a good match: Pine is a pretty boy whose
Comments: 0Wednesday, January 15, 2014 09:50:49 AM
How about a big party to celebrate a local book launch?  Yup, we’ve got those!  Saskatoon writer and editor of The MC Press, Michael Cuthbertson will release his new book Saskatoon Girls at a special shindig at Beaumont Film & Record on Friday, January 24th.  You’ll drink!  You’ll flip through records!  You’ll listen to DJs!  You’ll b
Comments: 0Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:55:44 PM
Oh hooRAY, it's the latest morsel of wisdom from StarPhoenix columnist Les MacPherson! In today's column, MacPherson implies that Neil Young is a hypocrite to criticize the tarsands because Young has a job (being an awesome rock star) that comes with a high carbon footprint. From MacPherson's delightful satire, "If Neil Young Actually Walked His Talk, We'd See":In an