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Comments: 0Saturday, October 5, 2013 01:12:50 PM
The con movie is becoming a rite of passage for young Hollywood: Morally-challenged hot-shot is recruited by a villainous, powerful veteran to do his dirty work. Sooner or later, the kid realizes the error of his ways and sets his mind on cheating said mentor at his own game. Jim Sturgess in 22, Liam Hemsworth in Paranoia and Shia LaBeouf in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps have gone through this i
Comments: 0Saturday, October 5, 2013 09:48:45 AM
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Canada's film industry has long been overshadowed by our neighbour, the good ole U.S. of A. But that doesn't mean that Canada hasn't made some excellent films.Denis Villeneuve's Incendies for example. But where Canada really shines is in the low-budget horror genre. Master filmmaker David Cronenberg got his start making some the more nastier horror movies ever put on screen. Rabid,
Comments: 0Friday, October 4, 2013 09:22:32 AM
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We now travel back to South America and pay a visit to Brazil.Brazil, along with Argentina and Mexico is one of the main countries who produce Latin American cinema. Like most countries, the industry has had it's ups and downs. The horror genre took off when writer / director / actor José Mojica Marins created his memorable character Coffin Joe.At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul is the
Comments: 0Thursday, October 3, 2013 10:04:55 AM
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Today we travel to Belgium. Belgium didn't have much of a film industry until the mid-1960's where the government started subsidizing film production. Although the animation side of things was always quite prosperous, the '60s saw the likes of The Smurfs, Asterix and Tintin make to the big screen, things really took off in the 1980's and today Belgium has a decently healthy industr
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 2, 2013 09:55:44 AM
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Australia has made movies since the birth of film although there are large periods where American films dominated the box office over local films, much like most countries around the globe.In the 1970's Australia had a resurgence in locally produced movies. This rebirth dubbed Australian New Wave also found came along with the birth of "Ozploitation" films, exploitation films that ar
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 1, 2013 10:14:35 PM
The Vancouver International Film Festival is one of the most underrated events in the country. Not only has as many movies as Toronto (granted, without the star power), but it has two sections that give it a unique profile: The Dungeon and Dragons category, focused on Asian films, and Canadian Images, a larger group of homemade flicks without big names attached to them.This year, the VIFF has face
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 1, 2013 08:59:32 AM
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Welcome to a new 31 Days of Horror. This year we are doing things a little differently, instead of focusing on one genre or just a random list of my favourite films, this year's theme is international horror. Everyday until Halloween a different horror film from a different part of the world is going to be spotlighted.The vast majority of horror films have come from the U.S. but that doesn'
Comments: 0Wednesday, September 25, 2013 06:08:03 PM
When I was a kid, I loved watching Formula One. It was the 80’s and tobacco and alcohol still sponsored the activity. Part of the charm (long gone now) was the certain possibility of drama during the race. Everything could happen: Mechanical failure, fistfights among pilots and, of course, death.Rush covers an even wilder period, the 70’s, when an average of two pilots a year were expe
Comments: 0Friday, September 13, 2013 05:38:07 PM
For the media, the Toronto Film Festival ends today (there are two more days of screenings for the general public). The event says goodbye to the press on a high note: Hayao Miyazaki's swan song, The Wind Rises.At 72, the founder of Ghibli Studios has decided to retire, leaving behind a filmography full of classics (Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totor
Comments: 0Thursday, September 12, 2013 02:22:01 PM
One of the biggest perks for the media attending the Toronto Film Festival are the Press & Industry screenings. A seat is almost guaranteed (except for the main titles) and you don’t have to spend most of your day in eternal queues. However, a recent phenomenon is pitting media against the vaguely defined “industry”: The cell phone issue.Most of the critics are hell-bent agai
Comments: 0Wednesday, September 11, 2013 05:10:42 PM
Often you have to leave your comfort zone to find some good movies. Granted, neither Chile, Australia nor the UK are stretches, but are far cry from the popcorn-flicks Hollywood has us used to.Gloria (Chile, 2013): Forty years ago today the democratically elected Chilean government was overthrown by Augusto Pinochet and the local armed forces. The wounds are still fresh, to the point a disproporti
Comments: 0Tuesday, September 10, 2013 08:54:05 PM
A trio of directors considered auteurs unveiled their new movies at TIFF. One has Oscar aspirations, the other couldn't care less if people watch his film, and the third guy is the only one to show some evolution.Under the Skin (UK, 2013): After the success (for art house standards) of Sexy Beast, director Jonathan Glazer decided that the best career path for him was to alienate
Comments: 0Monday, September 9, 2013 05:05:39 PM
When a movie falls through the cracks, Planet S catches it in our annual TIFF segment The Lightning Round.Metallica Through the Never (USA, 2013): Far cry from the documentary Some Kind of Monster (Metallica goes to therapy!), Through the Never is a more proper film about metal's most preeminent band. A concert movie that doubles as a "Best Of" album, th
Comments: 0Sunday, September 8, 2013 04:49:56 PM
One of the most popular programs at TIFF every year, Midnight Madness gathers most horror films included in the festival. Some of the most remarkable titles to premiere in this section are Reservoir Dogs, The Inside, Borat and The Raid.This year the program is not looking great. Some of the big titles have been disappointments (All the Cheerleaders Die) and the lesser ones lack that je ne sais quo
Comments: 0Saturday, September 7, 2013 06:49:53 PM
Even though TIFF is one of the most accommodating film festivals around, there are unavoidable dramas, such as having the entire press corps attempting to see one show (in this particular case, Gravity) and failing at it for the most part. Add to that doing a pointless queue for tickets to Metallica Through the Never and mistaken hotels (who knew there were two Intercontinentals in Toronto?) and y
Comments: 0Friday, September 6, 2013 02:14:02 PM
After a less than auspicious beginning, a couple of minor masterpieces made their way to the TIFF screens. Luckily, all have distribution in Canada and will reach Saskatchewan sooner or later.The Lunchbox (India): For a while now, India has been moving away from the Bollywood model (song, dance, melodrama) and towards a more contemporary kind of movies. Considering the size of the indust
Comments: 0Thursday, September 5, 2013 05:06:35 PM
It's time for the Toronto International Film Festival again. This year TIFF seems to be playing catch up to Cannes, Venice and even Telluride. That said, the lineup is extremely solid, with very little fat. Most movies will be playing only once for the media, turning the event in a veritable marathon for the press. So far, we are off to a good start.Blue Is the Warmest Color (France):&nbs
Comments: 0Sunday, August 25, 2013 09:12:16 PM
After way too many comedies (the last one –To Rome with Love- was impossibly redundant) Woody Allen returns to heavy drama for the first time since Match Point, the crown jewel of his Scarlett Johansson period. The outcome is a remarkable one: Blue Jasmine is a dark examination of mental unraveling triggered by modern malaise.A phenomenal Cate Blanchett is the Jasmine in question. The widow
Comments: 0Thursday, August 22, 2013 08:34:30 PM
Unlike Harry Potter or (ehem) Twilight, I knew nothing about The Mortal Instruments book series. After watching the adaptation of TMI: City of Bones, I didn’t learn much more, other than the reach of Stephenie Meyer’s influence is truly scary.A mismatch of Potter’s sorcery, Star Wars’ family conflicts and Twilight’s emotionally impaired characters, The Mortal Instrume
Comments: 0Thursday, August 15, 2013 07:34:03 PM
There is no way to justify the existence of Kick-Ass 2 from a financial perspective. The first Kick-Ass didn’t reach US$50 million at the box-office and barely got its budget back thanks to international sales. However, comic-book mastermind Mark Millar has enough clout in Hollywood these days to get a sequel done... As long as it’s on the cheap.Kick-Ass 2 find
Comments: 0Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:17:26 AM
Lee Daniels is not a filmmaker you can trust. Other than Precious (very exploitative, but successful) his movies tend to be bloated, campy affairs. Ever seen Shadowboxer or The Paperboy? So bad, they work as unintended comedies.Given The Butler’s loaded cast (no less than 14 name actors, plus an unbilled cameo by Mariah Carey), early word wasn’t promising. Imagine my surprise to find a
Comments: 0Monday, August 12, 2013 08:42:57 PM
Linda Lovelace worked in porn for barely two weeks. In that period, Lovelace shot the most popular adult movie of all time (Deep Throat made 600 million dollars in the box office), was brutally treated by her horrid boyfriend, and didn’t see a penny for her troubles.Lovelace had some juicy ingredients to work with. Then why is so painfully boring? Blame on the directors Rob Epstein and Jeffr
Comments: 0Friday, August 9, 2013 10:53:16 AM
4 out of 5 stars.  The Shape of a Girl is pretty heavy. The  story, written by Joan MacLeod, was inspired by a tragic bullying event that occurred in British Columbia back in 1997. Danielle Spilchen plays the role of a Braidie, a young girl trapped in a shitty situation.  Her friend is nasty, and Braidie is ill equipped to deal with it.  Guilt, shame and fear are all
Comments: 0Thursday, August 8, 2013 05:19:33 PM
5 out of 5 starsBefore I get going, I have to tell you about a happy ending. After turning us away from a sold-out show, one handsome Fringe volunteer chased our party of four down Broadway Avenue – to tell us that he could squeeze us into some spare seats at the back of the theatre. Five beers out of five to the charming bearded young fellow working the door at the Victoria School gym Sunda
Comments: 0Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:25:22 PM
4 out of 5 starsEvery magic show aims to create a “bubble of beautiful illusion,” explains magician Travis Bernhardt in his Fringe show Unpossible! If the audience knows how they do it, the bubble is popped. But if a magician focuses on the method, which in this show is impressive enough, then sooner or later the audience runs out of scepticism.Lowering the stakes rather than building
Comments: 0Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:42:42 AM
I like Bret Easton Ellis. I have read all of his novels. I even wrote a book in Spanish heavily influenced by him (Sangre Dulce, check it out!) It took me this long to realize Ellis hasn’t evolved an iota since Less Than Zero. In fact, his characters have only gotten more unpleasant. Patrick Bateman seems better adjusted with every book.In The Canyons, the dirt bag du jour is Christian (Jame
Comments: 0Monday, August 5, 2013 05:58:01 PM
Well, shit. I guess as this company's official snake guy I’ve got to post about this tragedy. From CBC:Two children died after a python got into an apartment in Campbellton, N.B., police say. ”Police are investigating two sudden deaths of two young boys,” Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh said Monday. It’s believed the snake escaped from a pet store called R
Comments: 0Saturday, August 3, 2013 01:59:20 PM
When you're at the Fringe, you have to go with the flow. If all of the Thai food is SOLD OUT (which it was), you've got to improvise (which we did, with a delicious taco Disco Dog that got good reviews all around). Enter the improv play: unpredictable, but rarely disapointing.   3.5 out of 5 starsI have a difficult time understanding how improv performers can just wing a fifty minute
Comments: 0Saturday, August 3, 2013 10:33:17 AM
The Fringe is here! The Fringe is here!Which, of course, means plenty of street performer watching, public corn on the cob eating and plays!Here is the first of many Planet S Magazine Fringe play reviews.Peter n' Chris Explore their Bodies - 4 out of 5Was it wrong that I went into this sketchy comedy expecting a sexy romp? Despite the potentially salty title – and a whole lot of man-on-m
Comments: 0Friday, August 2, 2013 03:57:53 PM
Finally a lone, brave voice appears to defend the downtrodden in a world filled with oppressors.I’m on bended knee to praise you, Alison Tieman. Heaven knows that with Canadian men constantly being discriminated against, abused and assailed on all sides by our hate-filled female overlords, us guys desperately need heroic collaborators like yourself, working on the inside of th