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Anyone daring to see the first two movies from the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy of films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz before going to see the latest, The World's End, might get a brain freeze. The final film of this series opened with high-spirited laughs and plenty of charm that only the amazing collaborative team of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost can do. Their unique take on the horror, comedy and sci-fi genre is laced with a charm that examines the human condition about what it takes to feel alive, a common theme in this trio of films.

Saturday, 17 August 2013 01:43

Delving into the World of "Kick Ass 2," A Movie Review

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Three long years feels like a long time for some whoopin to return. Kick-Ass 2 picks up from where the first film left off, and fans of the Die Hard trilogy or the comics that the film is inspired from will find more fun with this flick than a general audience. They will see a bunch of wannabe heroes go John McClain upon the scum of all villainy. The only question here is whether or not these heroes can rise above what they have become. Are they more like characters similar to Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) or are they good people underneath?

A little character explanation is found as each new hero explains why they have turned vigilante and this film is interesting as it tries to explain what a world can be like without heroes. It's a sorry one; not all criminals can be caught and someone has to deal with them.

The Conjuring is moody and suspenseful film from the get go. It's not the perfect film worth the price of full admission, but at second tier cinemas, the six dollars spent is worthwhile to get a modest scare.

Creator/Director James Wan has finally earned his wings by creating an effective horror-thriller with The Conjuring. Not only does this movie give viewers a taste of some old school methods of invoking fear ala Robert Wise's The Haunting and William Friedkin's The Exorcist, but it also shows audiences what techniques were used in paranormal investigation back in the day. The 70's was a ripe era for the best horror films to emerge. Flash forward to the 2010s, this filmmaker has finally found a style that works for demanding fans.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 22:31

Behind the Scenes & The Future of "Jackhammer the Movie!"

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Jackhammer the movie is one of those oddball comedies that needs to be seen to be believed. It delves into the world of male stripping, and not many films tread into this particular territory.

This product made its big screen debut at the Victoria Film Festival ‘13 and for the people involved, they want to let this product loose to the world in more ways than one, even months after this show.

Mike Hanus wrote the original treatment and he brought the idea to the fore after working with Guy Christie in another film called "Sweet Amerika,” by R. Paul Dhillon. The two fine-tuned the product and was very receptive to changes even during filming by cast and crew alike.

Sunday, 07 April 2013 19:25

Evaluating Fede Alvarez's "Evil Dead"

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Even though Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell gave their seal of approval and produced Fede Alvarez's re-imagining of Evil Dead, is the new product worthy of the name? A few concepts from the original are preserved and for fans of blood, guts and gore, this movie certainly delivers with some fantastic practical effects. While Raimi's product has an underlying sense of humour, the other does not. As for how it well it will satisfy the fans, purists or not, that's a debate no body can truly answer. It'd be like asking whose vision is better.

Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:00

Dark Skies Need to be Darker

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Either the Barrett family is haunted or the house they are living in is a beacon for dark entities to come flocking to. The movie trailer suggests a problem at this home when three different flocks of birds decide to come crashing here. Fortunately, this movie is not about aliens looking for Nazca Lines to guide them to home, but instead, this film looks at urban Middle American style family and all the complexities involved in trying to survive in a depressive economic age.

Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

[VFF '13] The Future for Jackhammer and a Review

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Jackhammer is one of those comedic homage movies that plies its trade well. It looks at the world of adult entertainment (male stripping) and has fun with it. The humour is at times lowbrow, and it works. The writing team crafted a very good tale about two estranged brothers not only reconnecting with each other but also with life. 

Friday, 15 February 2013 21:14

[VFF '13] Welcome to the Suicide Shop

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Au contraire, despite the dark theme of exploring how human life is disposed of one at a time, the movie Le Magasin des Suicide (Suicide Shop) is not without some charms. The character of Alain (voiced by Kacey Mottet Klein), the son of Mishima (Bernard Alane) and Matilyn Tuvache (Isabelle Giami), is what makes this film. He came bursting into a world full of despair, and he has a much healthier outlook on life than anyone else in his family, or society for that matter. 

Friday, 08 February 2013 21:21

[VFF '13] Finding Role Models with Wonder Women!

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Trina Robbins is just one of the many artists and writers who appeared in the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. With her contemporaries, they talk about gender roles in the world of comic books and popular culture. But for those readers unfamiliar with her name, she was part of the underground comix movement, having worked on Wimmen's Comix for numerous years. But in more familiar circles, she is known as the co-creator of the character Vampirella. 

Friday, 08 February 2013 20:27

[VFF '13] Finding Cinematic Art in Mars et Avril

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The movie Mars et Avril (Mars and April) is visually stunning in a jazz-era inspired kind of way. It blends a world straight out of Blade Runner with props that belong to the 30’s. That also includes the strange instruments that the elderly Jacob Obus (Jacques Languirand) uses to perform his music with. They look like a cross between a bagpipe, a female appendage and a saxophone. As for how it gets played, Obus has to put his entire breath into it.

Friday, 08 February 2013 18:50

[VFF '13] Defining crazy with Lunarcy!?

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Lunarcy! is a quirky documentary with a great soundtrack by Christopher Sandes. It helps give this product a personality that is not only humourous but also serious. But as this film builds to a revelation, perhaps what this movie reveals last should have been mentioned first. That would have helped give this film a distinct focus than to present a series of anecdotes from people far too preoccupied with the Moon.

Friday, 08 February 2013 18:01

[VFF '13] Looking into the Heart & Soul of "Hannah Arendt"

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The biopic Hannah Arendt is certainly a product that will cause discussion afterwards. She’s a woman ahead of her time. As a philosopher/political theorist who coined the phrase, “banality of evil,” some people may have wondered what did she mean by that? The phrase appeared when she reported about the trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann for the The New Yorker. The lead-up and fallout from that article is at the center of this film.

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