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Comments: 0Friday, August 2, 2013 01:11:48 AM
The pairing of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg is the only inspired idea of 2 Guns, an absurdly contrived, vaguely comedic adaptation of the graphic novels by Steven Grant. The movie could have been an uncontested disaster –much in the vein of R.I.P.D.- but the easygoing chemistry between the laid-back pair ensures there is always something to watch on screen.Bobby (Washington) and Stig
Comments: 0Sunday, July 28, 2013 11:35:02 PM
On the eve of its debut in Cannes, the expectations for Only God Forgives were high. Just two years before, Danish wunderkind Nicolas Winding Refn and Canadian pin-up Ryan Gosling had delivered the eighties-flavored, violently poetic Drive to massive acclaim. Only God Forgives couldn’t live up to the hype and landed like a thud.Truth is, this haunting flick is q
Comments: 0Friday, July 26, 2013 02:58:48 PM
The Sheepblog!  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 get to talk about a lot of the fun things we've done over the last couple years, and sometimes I
Comments: 0Thursday, July 25, 2013 05:29:10 PM
After the disaster that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the most popular of mutants had a lot to make up for. The Wolverine doesn’t quite satisfy, but the stand-alone quality of this episode is the right way to reintroduce the character to audiences.Set after the original X-Men trilogy, The Wolverine picks up the story a few years after the death of Jean Grey. The ever surly Logan has escaped
Comments: 0Wednesday, July 24, 2013 08:47:42 PM
A documentary that played at SXSW in 2012 will be playing at The Broadway Theatre from Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28th.  Charles Bradley: Soul of America documents the musical rise of 62-year-old soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album sent him from a hard life in the projects to Rolling Stone’s Top 50 albums of 2011.Bradley grew up in extreme poverty, but was inspired
Comments: 0Friday, July 19, 2013 10:09:33 PM
How many horror films have you seen the last couple of years about a family pestered by some obnoxious spirit? I have watched nine: Insidious, Dark Skies, Mama, Sinister, The Possession, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Paranormal Activity 3 and 4, and now The Conjuring.The formula is always the same, with small variations: Nuclear family with cute kids moves to a new house inhabited by some creepy gho
Comments: 0Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:28:49 PM
The moderately successful -if entirely forgettable- Red was based on the dubious premise that geezers with guns are funny. Red 2 not only doesn’t bring anything new to the table, it fails even to come up with a serviceable story to justify arming Helen Mirren to the teeth.The convoluted, product placement-happy sequel finds retired black-ops agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) digging suburban
Comments: 0Tuesday, July 16, 2013 05:39:47 PM
This Wednesday and for one night only, Cineplex will be showing the documentary Venus and Serena, an all-access look to the American sisters who have dominated tennis for over a decade.Venus and Serena Williams have taken sibling rivalry to uncharted heights, using their complex relationship to feed their drive to win. They have also pushed the barriers of age in a discipline in which a thirty yea
Comments: 0Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:26:00 AM
Vancouver actor and protagonist of Glee Cory Monteith was found dead in an hotel room this afternoon. The actor had been battling drug addiction and just recently finished a stint at a rehabilitation centre. While Glee is not my cup of tea, Monteith was an outspoken Vancouver Canucks fan and all-around good guy. A bad Saturday ends up worse.
Comments: 0Thursday, July 11, 2013 04:00:34 PM
I was planning to complain about the mediocre dialogue in Pacific Rim, but I reconsidered. Who cares about the dialogue in a “robots vs. monsters” movie? The film knows its fans base very well and it’s particularly generous. You get introduction fights, montage melees, flashback battles and a final brawl of spectacular proportions. Pacific Rim lasts over two hours ten and feels l
Comments: 0Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:04:54 AM
Other than the original, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are bloated, plot stuffed affairs. Given that the most important elements of said saga –Johnny Depp ,Gore Verbinski and the writers- are also the cornerstones of The Lone Ranger it’s no surprise the film suffers of similar problems. Not to mention the wild tone shifts scattered through the movie.Based on the legendary TV seri
Comments: 0Thursday, June 27, 2013 05:53:00 PM
It’s not immediately obvious, but director Roland Emmerich -the German filmmaker known for blowing stuff up- is quite a liberal. Not only Emmerich has orchestrated the biggest climate change movies thus far (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012), he has taken on the military industrial complex several times since first ruffling a few feathers in Universal Soldier.In White House Down, weapons manufac
Comments: 0Tuesday, June 25, 2013 09:56:50 PM
In spite of providing Pixar with the second best weekend in the history of the company, Monsters University is yet another underwhelming effort from the once infallible animation powerhouse. Following the inconsequential Cars 2 and Brave, Monsters U is at least entertaining for those under 12 years old. Adults however will recognize a number of similarities with the trashy Eighties classic Revenge
Comments: 0Monday, June 24, 2013 09:33:44 AM
Apologies to Sam --- I meant to throw this guest blog up sooner, before their show at The Roxy last week.  But alas, I am slow and dumb.  But here it is anyway --- A Day in the Life of The Sheepdogs, by Sam Corbett!(Brought to you by Planet S Magazine and Craig Silliphant)!---------------------------- First of all, I'd just like to thank all the Saskatoon people that came out to
Comments: 0Thursday, June 20, 2013 05:26:11 PM
Considering how problematic was the shooting of World War Z (budget wildly out of control, third act scrapped and reshot), the outcome is surprisingly strong, if not memorable.Based on the excellent book by Max Brooks, World War Z only bears a passing resemblance to the text. Mostly gone are the sociopolitical undertones that gave the novel notoriety (although readers get to find out what happened
Comments: 0Wednesday, June 19, 2013 06:15:40 PM
Sad news. Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini has died, reportedly of a heart attack. The actor was in Italy attending a film festival. Gandolfini will be forever remembered as Tony Soprano, the complex, panic attack-prone mafiosi in The Sopranos.Gandolfini's most recent film, the excellent rock & roll drama Not Fade Away bombed at the box office. Look it up. It fea
Comments: 0Tuesday, June 18, 2013 04:21:53 PM
James Franco makes seven million dollars per movie. Yet he expects you to finance his artistic whims.Following the example of Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, Bret Easton Ellis and Zach Braff, James Franco has joined the crowdfunding trend by requesting 500,000 dollars to shoot ten stories from HIS OWN BOOK Palo Alto. The level of self-involvement is off the charts, as some of the rewards include
Comments: 0Thursday, June 13, 2013 02:59:36 PM
After lagging far behind Marvel in the development of a film universe, DC Comics finally seems on track to do something similar. The Dark Knight trilogy provided the pattern: A serious, adult, even realistic approach to the notion of superhero. Given how good the Christopher Nolan movies turned out to be, Warner Brothers decided to try something similar with the other big ticket in the company&rsq
Comments: 0Wednesday, June 12, 2013 03:32:35 PM
I make no secret of the fact that underneath all this body hair, I am one of those ‘delicate’ men, and thus, I much prefer an urban music festival to the ‘let’s-all-do-mushrooms-and-poop-in-a-hole-in-the-ground camping type set up.  And while Sled Island in Calgary is a blast, Mosofest in Saskatoon is even more condensed, area-wise, making for a great festival experien
Comments: 0Tuesday, June 11, 2013 03:04:20 PM
MoSoFest, Saskatoon’s indie rock circus of fun and mayhem, is about to take over Broadway this Thursday evening and continue throughout the weekend. And I hope you were one of the many people who got a wristband.One plan is to race between venues in a mad dash to see everything. And should you choose to take on this mission, you might want to plan strategically. Here are a few picks that you
Comments: 0Monday, June 10, 2013 10:36:59 PM
Congratulations to Regina’s team Wolf Cop, who devoured the competition at the Banff World Media festival to win a million bucks in financing their movie for real, actual release next year. The Wolf Cop squad has been gunning for the grand prize of CineCoup, “a disruptive model for indie filmmakers to develop, market and finance their feature films” that selects fi
Comments: 0Thursday, June 6, 2013 08:39:52 PM
The Purge is a fairly standard home invasion movie, down to the comely teenage daughter and the brainy younger kid: Strangers break into an obscenely big house, nuclear family strikes back (as seen in Straw Dogs, Desperate Hours, Funny Games and several Nicolas Cage movies). The most significant aspect of the film is the political context that frames the story.The premise of the film refers to a m
Comments: 0Tuesday, June 4, 2013 04:26:30 PM
Just a quick post today — got a late start because “somebody” slept in (would anyone believe me if I said it was Deana? Anybody? No takers at all? Sigh—I guess that’s understandable…), and I’d like to make something of the day that’s left.So: Alcatraz is cool — especially on the night tour (we walked down to Fisherman’s Wharf—only
Comments: 0Monday, June 3, 2013 06:11:10 PM
Next to the nadir that is After Earth, the magician caper Now You See Me has started to look pretty good. Don’t be fooled: It is about as bad, if less pretentious.Four entertainers -a mentalist, an illusionist, an escapist and a skilled thief- are compelled by a mysterious entity to put a show together. Cut to a year later: The foursome is staging spectacular robberies and the police can&rsq
Comments: 0Monday, June 3, 2013 02:54:51 PM
Apologies—we’ve been having waaaay to much fun for me to sit down and do much in the way of blogging! But since we’re currently enjoying a beer in the awesome (and super-famous, when it comes to Beat Generation writers like Kerouac, Ginsberg and the like) Vesuvio Café, I’ve got a bit of time to plonk on the laptop.So, where were we? Oh, right: DEEEEEEVVVVOOOOO!!!On a
Comments: 0Monday, June 3, 2013 12:42:15 PM
This Friday, June 7th, there’s a killer gig at Amigos --- Athens, Ohio thrash/death metal band Skeletonwitch with our own Untimely Demise.  I was having a crazy busy week and didn’t have time to interview Skeletonwitch, but I was chatting with Murray Cuthbertson from Untimely Demise and I suggested he commandeer my blog to interview Chance Garnette of Skeletonwitch.  One band
Comments: 0Saturday, June 1, 2013 02:22:35 PM
Even though director M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation is just a little better than Uwe Boll these days, the mediocrity of After Earth is not really his fault. Conceived as a starring vehicle for talent bereft Jaden Smith by his dad Will, the sci-fi flick is neither original nor effective.A thousand years after Earth was deemed inevitable, a military spaceship crash-lands in the planet. The on
Comments: 0Friday, May 31, 2013 10:36:46 PM
Well holy hell, lookit that—we actually made it to San Francisco!For those of you who don’t know, Deana and I are on our first proper vacation in six-plus years—and we decided to drive from little ol’ Saskatoon all the way to San Francisco California, in the space of roughly two-and-a-half days.Today was our first day in San Fran, but due to computer equipment problems, a s
Comments: 0Thursday, May 23, 2013 07:15:54 PM
 There are some single words that could define The Hangover Part III. “Greed” is one of them. “Laziness” is another one. This is a saga that shouldn’t exist to begin with: The first film – the only half decent of the bunch- wasn’t supposed to start a franchise. It was a standalone story much like director Todd Phillips previous films (Old School, Road
Comments: 0Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:26:00 AM
 After reaching notoriety thanks to his documentary Sharkwater, filmmaker/environmentalist Rob Stewart found his next subject while taking his movie around the world. In China, a student asked him about the point of trying to save the sharks in circumstances aquatic life is in dire jeopardy as well.His response took the shape of Revolution (now playing at the Roxy), a documentary in which Ste