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Cineplex Entertainment’s Great Digital Film Festival is no doubt going to delight geeks, nerds and cinema buffs starting January 30th all across Canada. This year has a lot of comic book properties being played out and that shows where the direction of pop culture cinema has been and will be headed. With movies ranging from Alien to the X-Men, the latter is going to be a mega-marathon that will start from the latest film, Days of Future Past, and go backwards to the original — all happening on Saturday, January 31st. For Dick Tracy and Dark Man, this year marks their 25th anniversary!

“The best way to see any movie, no matter what hands-down, is to see it in the theatre,” said Canada AM film journalist, Reel to Real co-host and author Richard Crouse. “I like seeing movies on the big screen — the way the director intended it.”

Italian filmmaker Raffaele Mosca certainly has a wide range of musical tastes. From Pig Destroyer, a grindcore/death metal band from Virginia to Gaslight Anthem, a punk rock group from New Jersey, to name a few, the decision to travel to South Africa to make the documentary March of the Gods: Botswana Metalheads is interesting.

After he graduated from Fondazione Milano, a school that trains people so they can work in the television, film or new media industry, the jobs did not come easy. He jumped between London and Milan a lot before he finally said, “Fuck it. I had to shoot this movie. I owed it to myself.”

Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino
November 08, 2014 AT 8:00 PM

There’s a musical battle brewing in the tour that’s featuring Cheech & Chong ever since they paired with the band bearing the name of War. In their return to the Pacific Northwest at the Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino, there’s no mention of the band and for ol’ time fans wanting to see more of the comedy duo, they just may get it. In their Canadian leg of the tour, the show was billed as Cheech & Chong with musical guest War. Perhaps the confusion has gotten their marketing department’s attention and there’s some adjustments to the advertising going on.

It's the March of the Gods: Botswana Metalheads!

Friday, 31 October 2014 18:05 Published in Movie Reviews

Yes, even the people from South Africa are also born to bang their heads. The heavy metal scene is excellently explored in March of the Gods: Botswana Metalheads and this documentary makes for a great primer into this world located deep south. But this land-locked country located between Namibia (in the west) and Zimbabwe (the east) with South Africa proper (south) has come a long way in a continent often plagued with internal strife. When this country’s economy is dependent on diamond mine production, what’s next will depend on what other trades will emerge as exportable.

The ABCs of Death 2 Plan to Slay Halloween!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:40 Published in Movie Reviews

It’s difficult to add to the alphabet, but fairly soon, maybe the ABC’s of Death will create a periodic table of artists, directors and producers from around the world who either are or can become today’s new masters of horror. The sequel, the ABC’s of Death 2 adds to the list with names like Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves), Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Steve Kostanski (Manborg) and Vincenzo Natali (Splice). This video will be released to select theatres and Video on Demand on Halloween, offering, quite literally a “Nexus” of delights for the night (skip to N to find a treat).

Missed Opportunities in "Annabelle," A Movie Review

Monday, 27 October 2014 02:17 Published in Movie Reviews

Edgar Allan Poe crafted a better supernatural drama in his poem, Annabel Lee, than with director John R. Leonetti’s studio made product, Annabelle. This horror film about a haunted doll attempting to ruin the love John and Mia Gordon (Ward Horton and Annabelle Wallis) have for each other and their newborn daughter, Lea, is not without some problems. Although there is a slight connection with The Conjuring in this film, that importance is never explained. Instead, the way this film dwells upon a church sermon to guide the plot ruins the film.

Rocky Horror Show Lives Again in Victoria BC!

Monday, 27 October 2014 02:00 Published in Live Reviews

Showtimes: Oct 24, 25, 29, 30, and Nov 1 at 8pm
Oct 31 at 7 & 10pm

Metro Studio 1411 Quadra St.

Tickets: $30; $35 with prop kit
Reservations: 250-590-6291 ticketrocket.org

Quite literally, fans of Rocky Horror Show will experience a time warp if they remember the show from last year.

Griffen Lea
, Sarah Anne Murphy, Candace Woodland, Kelly Hudson are back; they have taken the energy from how they played Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Janet, Columbia, and Riff-Raff from last year’s Kaleidoscope version and amped it up in Rebel Knock Out (RKO) Productions’ take of this seminal Richard O’Brien stage classic.

"The Raid 2 Berandal," A Movie Review

Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00 Published in Movie Reviews

The Raid 2: Berandal certainly owes a great debt to North American films like Die Hard, The Godfather and Kill Bill. They created a standard for how to make a gangland movie as violent as hell, and with censorship standards different in other countries, some films from Korea (like I Saw the Devil) can easily show just how man’s inhumanity to man can easily be inflicted on screen, and fans of ultra-violent films can check out this movie when it releases to DVD/Blu-ray on July 8, 2014.

[VFF '14] "Good VIbrations," ~ A Music Review

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00 Published in Movie Reviews

The title Good Vibrations can be deceptive unless a plot summary is next to it. Some people may think that this movie is about the Beach Boys, and it’s very far from that. Instead, this film looks at the emerging punk rock movement in a country embroiled in a civil war. This film is a fictionalized account of Terri Hooley’s life (Richard Dormer), a free-age thinker, who just wants to life to be gentler, if not kinder to him and his world.

[VFF '14] "We are the Best!" ~ A Movie Review

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00 Published in Movie Reviews

Based off Never Goodnight, a Swedish graphic novel written by Coco Moodyson, We Are the Best! is a movie that looks at the lives of three girls who are coming of age. Two of them, Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara(Mira Grosin) decide to form a punk rock band, and they think that by declaring their independence now will help them survive in the future. They bring Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) into the fold, and although she slightly resists, her freedom doesn’t arrive until she’s rightly initiated.

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