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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.

An interview with Krummi Bjorgvinsson

Artoffact Records released a fascinating fusion of pop and synth sounds with LEGEND’s debut album, “Fearless” in December of last year. This release differs from other versions because it includes three bonus tracks (iTunes version) whereas the CD release will offer one. And this Icelandic band is a new project created by Krummi Bjorgvinsson, better known for his punk-rock act Mínus, and Halldor Björnsson, his vast discography is too long to list. Together, the album they created can only be described by as phantasmagorical. The symphonic allegories plays with the imagination and is worth investigating because one of the tracks plays homage to the sounds of the 80's. But at this album's core is a fusion of pre-recorded synth music with edgy live beats. For people who have seen the stage show, the performance has been described as mesmerizing.

Evaluating Fede Alvarez's "Evil Dead"

Sunday, 07 April 2013 19:25 Published in Movie Reviews

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.

Dark Skies Need to be Darker

Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:00 Published in Movie Reviews

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.

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

Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00 Published in Movie Reviews

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. 

[VFF '13] Welcome to the Suicide Shop

Friday, 15 February 2013 21:14 Published in Movie Reviews

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. 

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

Friday, 08 February 2013 21:21 Published in Movie Reviews

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. 

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

Friday, 08 February 2013 20:27 Published in Movie Reviews

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.

[VFF '13] Defining crazy with Lunarcy!?

Friday, 08 February 2013 18:50 Published in Movie Reviews

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.

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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