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Comments: 0Friday, May 17, 2013 04:23:42 PM
I assume you've all been following today's crack-smoking-mayor-of-Toronto news? Well, this crazy tale keeps getting crazier:As you may have heard, Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, smokes crack cocaine. We've seen a video of him smoking crack cocaine, and the people who have the video would like to sell it. Through the miracle of crowdfunding, you can help. Please consider donating to th
Comments: 0Thursday, May 16, 2013 05:23:14 PM
 (It’s hard to write about Star Trek Into Darkness without revealing something. While I’ll stay away from the bigger reveals, beware of some mild spoilers ahead.)The main difference between previous Star Trek incarnations and the current one is not content, but concentration. J.J. Abrams is extremely respectful of the material, to the point he hasn’t negated the existence of
Comments: 0Wednesday, May 15, 2013 03:41:00 PM
 I talk more about this Transformer-like tour bus in my Hits and Disses column in the upcoming issue of the magazine itself, but I didn’t realize the full scope of how it would really be taking over Broadway.  I was mostly enamoured with the idea of a giant bus/stage/speakers. The Redbull Fuckin’ Crazy Party Bus, or whatever it’s called, is touring Canada with Cana
Comments: 0Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:09:14 AM
With a truly appalling voter turnout (48 percent), British Columbians once again demanded the Liberal Party to form Provincial Government. A major coup, considering the NDP was twenty points ahead in the polls just a couple of weeks ago. Not only the BC Liberals won (51 candidates elected, against 32 NDPs, one independent and one Green), majority leader Christy Clark overcame massive dis
Comments: 0Tuesday, May 14, 2013 09:01:17 AM
 From: Muriel CrossSent: May 14, 2013 7:09 AMTo: EditorSubject: Real life “Mad Men” ad man is a closet conservative Former ad man and closet conservative, Leften Wright, addresses a world revolving around welfare, recycling, affirmative action, gay marriage, global warming, education, mosques in the neighborhood, racism and environmentalism in his new novel, The Handbook for
Comments: 0Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:19:20 PM
 I’ll be stepping into hockey analyst territory for once to tackle the elimination of my beloved Vancouver Canucks last night against the San Jose Sharks.Since the boys in blue lost the Stanley Cup final in 2011 and all hell broke loose, most teams learned to play against the Canucks. First, nullify the Sedins give-and-take. Second, be physical. Done.The Vancouver team sputtered their way into
Comments: 0Wednesday, May 8, 2013 10:15:20 AM
It's an homage to legendary graphic designer/movie title guy Saul Bass, whose work you've seen in films like Psycho and Casino. The Guardian has an article on today's doodle here, and a pile of Bass' movie titles here. This is great stuff. GO WATCH NOW! Saul Bass! 
Comments: 0Tuesday, May 7, 2013 01:27:44 PM
  Ray Harryhausen, special effects pioneer and stop-motion genius, died today at 92. Harryhausen capable handiwork provided his creations with character, if not a soul. His most remarkable achievements in animation are featured in the original Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts and The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. His influence reaches even further. George Lucas singled Harryhause
Comments: 0Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:01:31 AM
 Those of us obsessed with podcasts know National Public Radio is responsible for some of the best ones. Within the American broadcaster top notch offer, Wait Wait! Don’t Tell Me… stands apart.A quiz show based on the most relevant and curious events of the week, Wait Wait! is the thinking man version of Whose Line Is It Anyway. The show attracts top notch talent for its roster of panelists.
Comments: 0Wednesday, May 1, 2013 02:52:52 PM
Hey dudes and female-type dudes!  I am proud to present an ongoing guest blog from Sam Corbett of The Sheepdogs, as he regales us with tales from the road.  This installment is a bit less jovial than usual, though not without its humour, as Sam tell us about the band’s friendship with the recently late Jay Smith, guitarist for Matt Mays and El Torpedo, who was found deceased on Mar
Comments: 0Monday, April 22, 2013 05:09:52 PM
For Earth Day, I asked Amber Burton, an organizer of this year’s Saskatchewan Eco Network Environmental Film Festival, to give us a run-down of some of her favourite environmental films. These are a great way to get the gist on some of the biggest environmental issues we are facing, or at the very least, they can help kick-start a good debate. If you missed SEN’s film festival this wee
Comments: 0Monday, April 22, 2013 10:38:07 AM
 Three major long distance races took place this Sunday, just six days after the Boston Marathon bombings: Toronto (7,500 participants), London (35,000) and Vancouver (48,000).I had the chance to participate in the biggest one of them. The Vancouver Sun Run, a 10k race that marks the unofficial beginning of the summer, at least for the West Coast. The race wasn’t shy about its Boston ti
Comments: 0Friday, April 19, 2013 09:22:32 AM
When the Junos arrived in Saskatoon back in 2007 the Saskatchewan music landscape was a very different place.Despite bursting with talent, a lot of the local bands weren’t quite ready to compete at a national level. At least not like they are now.The Sheepdogs were probably still called The Breaks. And you would have seen drummer Sam Corbett at the Junos Gala as a bus boy. Nowadays he attend
Comments: 0Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:12:33 PM
 I don’t have anything against Tom Cruise.Cruise could believe in a giant squid in the sky for all I care. The actor/producer has consistently put more care on his films than other stars of his caliber. Even his lesser efforts (Jack Reacher, Knight and Day) are, at least, frothy fun.Lately, Cruise has attempted to move past the comfort of the Mission: Impossible saga. Oblivion fits in t
Comments: 0Tuesday, April 16, 2013 09:58:54 AM
Remember the old ‘skateboarding is not a crime’ sticker?  Remember when the man would hassle skaters? Dicks. Thankfully, it’s not as bad as it used to be and skating has been accepted more and more, as people accept that it’s an activity like anything else that gets kids out of the house and doing shit.  But there’s more than one kind of social out
Comments: 0Monday, April 15, 2013 04:13:51 PM
I don’t have time to write anything and what’s there to say right now, anyway? If you’re following the news in Boston online, I recommend The Boston Globe, The Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times, maybe MSNBC.Our thoughts go out to the citizens of Boston.
Comments: 0Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:53:55 PM
 Tackling a figure of the significance of Jackie Robinson and turn it into a two-hour movie is a task few filmmakers are well equipped to attempt. Brian Helgeland is not one of them. Better known as screenwriter than a director (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, Robin Hood), Helgeland chooses a more traditional route to tell the story of the first African-American to join the Major League Base
Comments: 0Tuesday, April 9, 2013 03:14:00 PM
Okay, so: 14 people were injured in a mass stabbing (Globe and Mail) this (Tuesday) morning at the CyFair campus of Lone Star Community College in Houston, Texas this morning.Injured. Not killed, injured. That’s kinda important, isn’t it?I’m not at all trying to minimize the traumatizing impact that getting stabbed has to have on someone, but at least these people have the opport
Comments: 0Monday, April 8, 2013 03:14:59 PM
Can you spot the slight anomaly here? I knew you could — well done! Clearly, someone’s decided to take out their frustration with our “huge” parking fees on the place where all their money goes. (Oh, those parking fees? They’re really quite low compared to most Canadian cities.)Or maybe they’re outraged by the “horrible” lack of parking in our downto
Comments: 0Monday, April 8, 2013 01:46:45 PM
Wednesday, April 10th, there’s a Ritornello show coming to The Bassment --- violinist Kerry DuWors and cellist Leanne Zacharias.  Music will include pieces by Cage, Reich, and Berio.  I was going to write a whole blog about this event that’s coming in a couple of days, but the quote from their publicist said it all:“It's going to be really great - an unusual program
Comments: 0Friday, April 5, 2013 12:36:57 AM
 From the early on -even from the trailers- it’s clear this remake of Evil Dead is no laughing matter. If the original was mostly tongue-in-cheek, the new version is impossibly grim and so drenched in gore, it makes the Texas Chainsaw Massacre look like a Pixar movie.The one thing the remake is missing is characters, as opposed to disposable youths: This guy called A
Comments: 0Thursday, April 4, 2013 06:10:19 PM
 I first started reading Roger Ebert’s reviews as a reporter in Chile. I was assigned to write the blurbs for movies on TV and instead of using dry depiction of the plot, I decided to quote him. As I moved through the ranks of film criticism, I kept an eye on his reviews as a referent.Time passed and Ebert was replaced by Stephanie Zacharek and Peter Travers as my critics of choice. Ebe
Comments: 0Thursday, April 4, 2013 03:43:48 PM
Well, I don't know if the title of this post is entirely true, but still--here's a fun story:So I’m having lunch at O’Shea’s, and I notice the cool guy in the above photo (sorry it’s such a hunk of photographic shit — old Blackberry’s are good at a lot of things, but decent pictures aren’t one of them) taking a picture of the latest issue of Planet
Comments: 0Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:10:43 AM
I met Regina’s Jeffery Straker a few years back when I interviewed him for my radio show.  He’s a super nice guy with a boat load of talent.  You’ll have to work hard to pin him down now as he’s touring like a madman, but you can give it a shot at The Bassment on April 5th. His latest album, Vagabond, adds to Straker’s musical story, a poppy, folky, pia
Comments: 0Thursday, March 28, 2013 09:16:04 AM
The other day I posted a blog about a local trio of filmmakers that is vying for the CineCoup Film Accelorator.  It’s a “distruptive film model” created by media entrepreneur J. Joly.  It’s not a contest, but a transparent, tough love studio model.  It’s about seeing whose project lights up the Internet and social media.  At the end, the filmmakers
Comments: 0Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:05:06 AM
 It shouldn't be a surprise G.I. Joe: Retaliation is far worse than the movie that kick-started the franchise. Postponed nine months to improve the quality of the 3-D (and to shoot extra scenes con the suddenly ubiquitous Channing Tatum), this sequel is built using spare parts, ringers and a singularly mediocre one-size-fits-all script.Unbeknownst to the entire world,
Comments: 0Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:16:20 AM
Three filmmakers from Saskatoon have put together a short film for the CineCoup Film Accelerator, a “distruptive film model” created by media entrepreneur J. Joly.  It’s not a contest per se, but a transparent, tough love studio model.  It’s about seeing whose project lights up the Internet and social media.  At the end, the filmmakers with the most audience
Comments: 0Sunday, March 24, 2013 03:54:51 PM
 While Saskatchewan is often overlook when a film gets a limited release, this can be a blessing in disguise. Case in point: The final nail in the coffin of Adrian Brody's career. InAPPropriate Comedy is a sketch-based flick much in the vein of Movie 43, only much worse. The entire goal of this movie is to be offensive to all sexual orientations, races and religions. It'
Comments: 0Saturday, March 23, 2013 04:23:04 PM
 A new trailer of the film adaptation of World War Z has surfaced. The movie has faced a litany of problems: An early rough cut was so underwhelming, the studio ordered two months worth of reshoots; The star of the film, Brad Pitt, and the director, Marc Forster, are not in speaking terms; A number of A-list screenwriters (Christopher McQuarrie, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelo
Comments: 0Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10:17:30 PM
 As middle-of-the-road movies go, the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has plenty of ideas, but little ambition. Often the film stops short from trespassing any boundaries and remains stuck in the mildly amusing zone.Steve Carell (who is batting about .500 these days) and Steve Buscemi are Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, childhood friends who have turned their love for magic into