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Comments: 0Tuesday, August 26, 2014 01:45:09 PM
While it’s true James Bond is a tough act to follow, Pierce Brosnan seems to be having a hard time finding a niche following his stint as 007. Not a gifted comedian or dramatic actor (how many businessmen can this guy play?), Brosnan has attempted a number of variations on his suave British spy persona. The November Man is the most blatant and the least successful, by a mile.Retired CIA agen
Comments: 0Friday, August 15, 2014 01:44:51 AM
It seemed The Expendables would never live up to the concept that launched the franchise: Aging action dinosaurs collaborating for a final go-around. The first two movies didn’t reach the level of brutality and tongue-in-cheek mayhem children of the Eighties were hoping for, but also made clear there was a market for unapologetically violent romps as such.The third chapter of the saga is by
Comments: 0Monday, August 11, 2014 05:56:18 PM
 When Zach Braff launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his second feature at the helm, the strategy wasn’t all that well received. While the Scrubs vet achieved his goal, some called him on using a tool for rookie filmmakers in circumstances he had enough contacts and clout to get the movie financed by regular channels.The criticism was off base. Not only people continue to find finan
Comments: 0Saturday, August 2, 2014 06:58:44 PM
The space opera was a popular subgenre following the smashing success of Star Wars. It never deviate far from the original model: Rogue heroes, scantily clad princesses, walking carpets, megalomaniac villains with a chip on their shoulders (Flash Gordon, Krull). They weren’t any good and seldom found success, but over the following decades gained in camp value. Even inspired a few remarkable
Comments: 0Friday, July 18, 2014 06:49:29 AM
It seems The Purge saga is destined to not live up to its premise. The notion that America would agree to an ‘anything goes’ evening of murder and mayhem in exchange for economic prosperity is quite revolutionary, particularly for a summer movie. The franchise, however, stops short from advocating gun control or denouncing extreme right policies. This half-assed job becomes counterprod
Comments: 0Friday, July 11, 2014 06:04:43 PM
The Sheepdogs' drummer has been writing a guest blog on my blog since they made it to the big time, regaling us with their adventures.  Last week, it was announced that guitarist Leot Hanson was leaving the band, which surprised many.  Sam wanted to say his piece and let us know what's happening with that.  It's worth noting that these are Sam's thoughts and words an
Comments: 0Friday, June 27, 2014 11:11:11 PM
Now that Climax’ own Willie Desjardin is the Vancouver Canucks new coach, expect a lot more postings about the three-time Stanley Cup finalists. Also, I live vicariously through them.Draft Day. The Canucks new GM Jim Benning made a series of big moves this morning. Benning sent Selke Award winner Ryan Kesler to Anahaim in exchange for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and a third-round pick. True
Comments: 0Friday, June 27, 2014 05:38:31 AM
If there is a franchise thoroughly impervious to criticism, that would be the Transformers saga. Never mind director Michael Bay inability to create a remotely compelling story, or the fact the robot clashes are impossible to follow. People attend in droves. The previous three films are among the 33 most successful in the history. Isn’t that depressing?Transformers: Age of Extinction is some
Comments: 0Friday, June 13, 2014 07:15:26 PM
Even though a follow-up to 21 Jump Street wasn’t that preposterous of an idea, 22 Jump Street treats it as if it was. The outcome is a fun send-off to sequels everywhere, but as a proper movie leaves a lot to be desired.As it’s overtly uttered time and time again, 22 Jump Street is basically the same movie than the first time around, only bigger and more expensive. Schmidt and Jenko ac
Comments: 0Tuesday, May 20, 2014 06:26:44 PM
Yipes! This was the scene at (in, when you think about it) Marvel Beauty School on 21st Ave. between 2nd and 3rd streets (about a half a block from Planet S World Headquarters) this morning!Not sure exactly what happened to make this car shoot over the curb, across the sidewalk and right into the glass front of Marvel, but I’m betting it had something to do with an accelerator issue—ei
Comments: 0Sunday, May 18, 2014 04:48:07 PM
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Godzilla turns 60 this year and to celebrate Warner Brothers has made a new American movie that is currently stomping on the box office. Having already talked about the original, today's Sunday Matinee looks at the first sequel the 1955 film Godzilla Raids Again.There have been a total of 28 Godzilla movies from Toho and two American movies for a grand total of 30 films. That's a whole lot
Comments: 0Friday, May 16, 2014 02:44:24 AM
Even though the buzz surrounding the new Godzilla incarnation was largely positive (those trailers were brilliant), there were reasons to be concerned. Director Gareth Edwards previous film, Monsters, was kind of boring until the final fifteen minutes. The protagonist, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, continues to be shoehorned in high-budget Hollywood flicks despite being fiercely uninteresti
Comments: 0Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:46:58 PM
Terrible day for the artistically inclined. Swiss designer H.R. Giger, better known for the creature that terrorized the crew of the Nostromo in Alien, died today from injuries sustained in a fall. While the acid-spouting extraterrestrial made him famous, it's barely the tip of four decades of work.Unlike the prolific Giger, documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul only
Comments: 0Sunday, May 11, 2014 06:45:47 PM
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It's funny that the special effects spectacle had been around forever but it was also considered more of a B-movie. It didn't matter how spectacular it was, it was never the big box office draw like they are now.Producer, director and writer Irwin Allen made a ton of films like today's Sunday Matinee the 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Other films included the 1960 remake of The
Comments: 0Wednesday, May 7, 2014 05:20:32 PM
You can have your Sharknados or Piranha 3-Ds, Hollywood: real-life sea monsters kick your ass.I was reading The Guardian online last night (if you don’t read it, you should — it’s a brilliant newspaper) when I came across this story about a Florida shrimp fisher who pulled this freaky-as-shit beast up onto his boat in April.Apparently (and appropriately) it’s called a gobli
Comments: 0Tuesday, May 6, 2014 08:35:34 PM
Audiences and critics’ may not be in agreement regarding The Amazing Spider-Man 2, yet almost everyone concurs on the excellence of the craftsmanship. The quality of the special effects is beyond reproach: Very few movies manage to destroy Times Square without making New York look like Cleveland (wink wink).The Vancouver-based FX and animation company Sony Pictures Imageworks has been involv
Comments: 0Sunday, May 4, 2014 10:13:13 PM
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One of the all time great film noir films Double Indemnity (1944) has made its way onto Blu-ray thanks to the good folks at Universal Studios. Last week's Sunday Matinee Touch of Evil was also released on Blu-ray the same day making it a very awesome day for fans of classic cinema.Double Indemnity is one of those classic films that everyone has ripped off and paid homage to but being a black a
Comments: 0Sunday, April 27, 2014 07:21:36 PM
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I can't believe that I haven't written about Orson Welles' 1958 masterpiece Touch of Evil yet. Fortunately Universal Studios has just recently released Touch of Evil on blu-ray.Touch of Evil was one Orson Welles work for hire jobs. There are two stories that circulate over why Welles returned to work for Hollywood. One story was that Charlton Heston was only interested in starring in t
Comments: 0Sunday, April 20, 2014 06:40:01 PM
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Warner Brothers is releasing one of my favourite crime films on Blu-ray this week. Writer / director Mike Hodges 1971 crime thriller classic Get Carter.Not to be confused with the super crappy remake that starred Sylvester Stallone, the original Get Carter starred Michael Caine as Carter, a hitman for the London mob. Carter is seeing his boss' girlfriend Britt Ekland behind his boss' back.
Comments: 0Saturday, April 19, 2014 09:15:57 PM
At this point of the weekend, is pretty clear Transcendence has bombed: Barely over 12 million dollars (est.) at the box office against a $100 million budget. The directorial debut of Wally Pfister (Christopher Nolan’s favorite director of cinematography) was particularly expensive, but thoroughly hollow. Where did it all go wrong?The plot: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost resea
Comments: 0Sunday, April 13, 2014 07:10:42 PM
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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
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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
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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