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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: 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
Comments: 0Sunday, January 12, 2014 04:49:12 PM
A contemporary of David O. Russell and David Fincher, Alexander Payne doesn’t get nearly as much respect even though he is arguably a stronger filmmaker (have you seen American Hustle? It’s a train wreck disguised as a prestige picture.) Payne’s favorite subject -the ignominy of aging- has translated into some fantastic titles, including Sideways, About Schmidt and The Descendent
Comments: 0Friday, January 10, 2014 02:26:44 PM
About a year ago, a horrid movie starring real life marines –Act of Valor- made a splash at the multiplex. The acting was amateur, the action scenes were confusing and the dialogue was hilariously bad (“the shit filter is full!”), but it made money (70 million dollars at the box office).Bound to happen, here comes the Hollywood version pandering to the Red States.Lone Survivor is
Comments: 0Friday, January 3, 2014 02:40:53 AM
I’m not a fan of the Paranormal Activity saga. It reduces the horror genre to loud noises and door slamming. Somehow, the rudimentary premise has originated five movies, connected by an overarching plot that makes no sense.The latest chapter, The Marked Ones, marks some improvement thanks to a willingness to mock the now standard developments. While the first half is looser and even amusing,
Comments: 0Tuesday, December 31, 2013 01:00:05 AM
Much has been said about the self-indulgency in display in The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s latest collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio. The most recurrent accusations complain about the excess (necessary to illustrate the story) and repetitiveness (only for those not paying attention).Here is a bold statement: The Wolf of Wall Street is Scorsese’s best film since GoodFellas
Comments: 0Friday, December 20, 2013 10:36:39 AM
A guest blog from Sam Corbett of The Sheepdogs.  Brought to you by Planet S Magazine, Craig Silliphant, and the letter "B!"  Making words like 'bus stop' --- Letter B!Over to you, Sam!-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I can’t hear my drums or my vocals, and I can’t feel my hands. We don’t eve
Comments: 0Monday, December 16, 2013 02:45:19 PM
Closing The Distance: Close Talker reassembles after a geography breakNote - This article was originally published in The Prairie Dog, but since this band is playing in Saskatoon as well, we thought we would add it to our blog. Enjoy!Call it a series of long distance love letters, but Saskatoon indie rock quartet Close Talker have been making their cross-Canada relationship work by sharing song id
Comments: 0Monday, December 16, 2013 12:06:33 AM
Few people have bothered to check out the excellent British drama Philomena. Of all the Oscar competitors, the Judi Dench vehicle has one of the smallest box office totals of the bunch. Sad, really, considering it packs an emotional punch others lack.Philomena is based on a true story chronicled by former journalist and disgraced public servant Martin Sixsmith. An Irish woman (Dench) wants to find
Comments: 0Friday, November 29, 2013 11:18:56 PM
World War II has inspired thousands of films and novels, some of them veritable classics of each discipline. The better ones are based on real characters and events, an approach that adds further gravitas to one of humanity’s darkest hours.The Book Thief is not one of them.Based on the best seller by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief uses real referents to tell the story of an impoverished German
Comments: 0Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:19:18 AM
I got a chance to hear the new Autopilot album, called ‘Diamond Rough,’ and it’s right in the pocket for anyone who loves that sort of alt.rock/power pop sound.  They manage to craft some solid, guitar driven songs that have mass appeal, but without falling into the trap of clichéd writing and shitty, overly glossy production.It has a bit of a Foo Fighters or Jane&rsq
Comments: 0Thursday, November 21, 2013 11:03:20 PM
Far better than the unwatchable Twilight saga and more substantial than Harry Potter (deal with it), The Hunger Games is the canned cat food of YA literature. Thanks to the success of the first film, the sequel –Catching Fire- has twice the budget, two Oscar winners in the cast and enough freedom to tackle the least savory aspects of the book.We reencounter Katniss Everdeen (the reliable Jen
Comments: 0Wednesday, November 20, 2013 04:46:21 PM
The transition of Destin Cretton from struggling film student to bona fide director couldn’t be more ideal. His first feature film Short Term 12 has been collecting accolades in film festivals around the globe and lead actress Brie Larson (better known as Scott Pilgrim’s awful ex-girlfriend) is often mentioned as potential Academy Award nominee. Now Cretton has been tapp
Comments: 0Friday, November 15, 2013 10:02:20 PM
The Best Man Holiday could be defined as an aspirational dramedy. Aspirational, because everybody in this film is well off, strikingly good looking and, for the most part, well intentioned. The only element separating this movie from the Tyler Perry canon (a potpourri of moral rigidness and common sense) is artistic discipline and some spice.Just as prequel The Best Man, Holiday is
Comments: 0Thursday, November 7, 2013 02:19:26 PM
A guest blog from Sam Corbett of The Sheepdogs.  Brought to you by Planet S Magazine, Craig Silliphant, and the letter "B!"  Making words like 'bus stop' --- Letter B!Over to you, Sam! Alright, it's time for part 2 of the dramatic tale of how we met Pat Carney, and how he came to produce our last album. If you missed part 1, it basically described the first nig
Comments: 0Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:56:04 AM
As commendable as are Marvel’s efforts to establish a movie universe akin to the comic book one, the company’s endeavor is showing some precariousness. Marvel may be overextending itself trying to integrate characters in a cohesive timeline. Each one of its movies carries a level of junk to establish connections and continuity, a strategy that never felt as forced and clunky as it does
Comments: 0Sunday, November 3, 2013 07:55:28 PM
Let’s say out of the bat that Free Birds is not at the level of a Pixar or a DreamWorks Animation movie. In fact, it’s not in the same league: The animation is computer generated but rather crude, the story is minimal and a complete cliché, and has no ambitions of transcendence.As it happens, said shortcomings are tremendously liberating.Free Birds’ anything goes atmospher
Comments: 0Friday, November 1, 2013 07:38:57 PM
Touted as The Hangover for the elderly, Last Vegas is a terrible way to earn a paycheck for four actors (all Academy Award winners) whose best days are way behind them. We are used to Robert De Niro squandering his talent in lesser movies, but I thought Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman had better sense than joining a crass comedy that invariably goes for the lower hanging fruit.The flimsy plot goes
Comments: 0Thursday, October 31, 2013 07:27:47 AM
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Wow! That was a fast month. Here we are on the last day already and there's a ton of countries that I didn't even get to touch on. Oh well another time.The final country for Around the World in 31 Days of Horror is the United Kingdom. I think that I've done the United States a lot so it gets a pass this year. The British film industry started with the birth of movies and the horror gen
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 30, 2013 09:18:17 AM
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Turkey's film industry might be known more for some of it's cheaper 1970's illegitimate exploitation movies like Turkish Star Wars aka The Man Who Saved the World which used footage from Star Wars for it's special effects scenes or 3 Dev Adam aka 3 Giant Men aka Captain America and Santo vs. Spider-Man. That's right the film has a guy dressed up as Captain America minus the shi
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 29, 2013 08:54:45 AM
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Thailand's film industry has been up and running since the early days. The first Thai film was a Hollywood co-production called Miss Suwanna of Siam in 1923. The first all Thai production happened in 1927. The first sound film came in 1932.For the most part Thai cinema consists of action, romance, drama and musicals. The first horror film didn't appear until 1958 with Mae Nak Phra Khanong,