Tag: Film Fridays

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    Once

    March 28th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    This movie has been getting a lot of buzz lately and that usually means I probably won’t see it. But on the insistence of my most trusted movie critic friends I took the plunge. Its hard to write about this film without spoiling some of its gentle power but I’ll try my best. The first thing I would say is don’t watch the trailer. As with most trailers it tries to sell a different idea of … READ MORE

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    Show Me Girl Meets Girl

    March 21st, 2008     by Allison Martell     Comments

    I do love a good romantic comedy. And there are so few fluffy romance movies with queer couples - on the big screen, nearly every lesbian love story ends in murder or suicide. Until recently, my mental list of happy queer romance movies included (1) D.E.B.S., (2) The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, and… well, that was it. I’m adding another film to my list. Show Me Love is about two girls in … READ MORE

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    Ch-ch-ch-changes

    March 14th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    What do Reality Bites, Lost in Translation, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon have in common? It’s alright, I’ll wait. … Yeah, okay, so not a whole lot (other than that I happen to have these all in my DVD collection). What they have in common is they’re all movies where I thought I knew how I felt about them/their characters. Then on rewatching them I had almost completely different reactions than I remembered. Take, for instance, Reality Bites: The great … READ MORE

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    Putting together the puzzle of Tracey Berkowitz

    March 14th, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Yes, this is my third post regarding a movie starring Ellen Page, but stay with me on this. The Tracey Fragments has a fairly simple premise: take a fifteen-year-old girl who’s tormented at school, shackled with an ineffectual psychiatrist, and living with a family barely held together with emotional duct tape. Then rip the tape off and see what happens. One day, Tracey’s kid brother goes missing, and like all teenagers teetering on the brink of … READ MORE

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    House of Blues

    March 7th, 2008     by Allison Martell     Comments

    Like seemingly everyone I know, I watch House MD. I love House - both the show and the character - for their wit and intelligence. So when I heard that David Shore, the show’s Canadian creator, was going to be interviewed on CBC’s Q, I stuck around on my couch to listen. Then Shore started talking about Cutthroat Bitch. Okay, so maybe this requires a little background. One of this season’s new characters is a young … READ MORE

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    A whiter, brighter smile

    March 7th, 2008     by Elle E.     Comments

    Apologies to Ellen Page if this costs her a shot at spokeswoman for Minty-White International, but in her pre-Oscar interview with Barbara Walters it was clear that she had not succumbed to bleaching her smile. Her teeth looked good - healthy, normal - but also kind of weird for TV. The person I was with (who does not obsess over teeth as much as I do) actually pointed it out first. We’re so used to seeing … READ MORE

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    Movie Magic

    February 29th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    I know I’ve mentioned this film before but now I’ve actually seen it! Yesterday I joined about 100 high school students, their teachers and a small number of other adults at the Revue for a screening of A Winter’s Tale followed by a Q + A with two of the film’s actors. I had expected this film to be a poorly made but very well-intentioned piece of social commentary. What I actually experienced was an amazing … READ MORE

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    For the pervy freaks: an elegy to Suspect Video

    February 22nd, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    Over the past few days I’ve started writing a few different posts for today’s Film Friday feature. One was about up and coming Oscar nominee Ellen Page, who I love. Then, in response to Megan’s blog piece about the lack of women directors, I started a little data compendium of the Oscar nominees broken down according to gender, Guerilla Grrrls style. Then I found someone had already done that here. So check it out. However, I’m … READ MORE

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    Mrs. Peel, we’re needed

    February 15th, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Diana Rigg has had a long and storied career as an actress. She’s performed in numerous stage plays, married James Bond, and had her prized diamond necklace recovered by Muppets. But the role she’s best known for is the surefooted, quick-witted British agent Emma Peel on the 60s-era landmark spy series The Avengers. Every bit the equal to her crime-solving companion John Steed, Emma Peel was far from the typical damsel in distress of most spy … READ MORE

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    Hairspray (2007)

    February 15th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    I’m not big into high school movies, or song and dance movies, or remakes. So was Hairspray ever fighting an uphill battle with me. A friend of mine gets teen swag and sent some my way, in the form of the 2007 Hairspray DVD. I probably wouldn’t have seen it otherwise, which is good and bad, because if I hadn’t seen it I wouldn’t have all these damn songs in my head. It’s… fine. … READ MORE

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    how she move!

    February 11th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Update: Whoops! I originally posted that Raya Green was played by Vanessa Oryema. I was wrong - she’s played by Rutina Wesley. Sorry! Ok, I’ll admit it, I kind of have a teen dance movie problem. One of my favourite movies of last year was Stomp the Yard (I will make an honest case for why I truly believe it is a passionate appeal for gender and racial equality! Also it is full of hot babes). But … READ MORE

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    Where are the women directors?

    February 1st, 2008     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    A few weeks ago, filmmaker Erin Laing sent me an e-mail about the lack of attention female directors have been getting by mainstream bloggers. What pissed her off, specifically, was Filmshowing’s list Why 2008 Will be an Awesome Year for Movies. Fifty-four films, and not a one made by a woman. (You can read Erin’s own blog about the list here). Other most-anticipated lists are not very different. Slash Film’s list of 55 must-see films does … READ MORE

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    Beyond Sexist Music

    January 25th, 2008     by Tuval Dinner     Comments

    I’m a lucky guy. As part of my job this week I was creating a workshop for teens about images of masculinity in the media. Someone I know from the school board asked me if I’d seen Byron Hurt’s documentary, “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” because they now had a copy if I wanted to check it out. Well…I’ve been wanting to see this film since I first heard about it a couple of … READ MORE

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    Persepolis the film: a moving adaptation of graphic storytelling

    January 18th, 2008     by piKe krpan     Comments

    If you haven’t yet read Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis books, you now have the chance to see it on the big screen. The two graphic novels detail her life growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution as well as her schooldays in Vienna at a French lycee. The film was produced in France (Satrapi’s adopted country) and has English subtitles. In Persepolis the film, nothing from the original books is lost. The stark black and white … READ MORE

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    You’re a part-time lover and a full-time friend: Juno revisited

    January 12th, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Previously, on the Shameless blog: Judd Apatow’s keeping mum on abortion. At the time I wrote that post, Juno hadn’t yet arrived in theatres, though if you were lucky you could’ve caught it at the Toronto International Film Festival or at one of many test screenings across North America. Since then the movie has raked in decent box office and a whole lot of accolades; Roger Ebert named Juno his favourite movie of 2007, and … READ MORE

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    Charlie Wilson’s Sexual Conquests

    January 4th, 2008     by Allison Martell     Comments

    Is lecherous trash more or less excusable when it comes wrapped in witty dialogue? I saw Charlie Wilson’s War last week, and I laughed and enjoyed myself plenty. But in this “literate, wryly sophisticated parable of American politics” about one Texan congressman’s campaign to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan, nearly every shot begins with an extreme close-up on cleavage or tightly-clad ass. And let’s talk about characters. The men of this movie are politicians, spies, … READ MORE

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    Happy Holidays From Shameless Magazine

    December 21st, 2007     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

    The Shameless Team would like to wish you and yours a shameless holiday season. Thanks to everyone who supported us this year! As a season greeting, I’ve included one of my fave holiday movie moments. What’s yours? … READ MORE

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    Green fuzzy flipper slippers!

    December 14th, 2007     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    I have a suspicion that everyone has a piece of pop culture they don’t want to look at too closely. Something you love so much and have derived such pleasure from that you just can’t face being analytical about it, in case it all comes apart on you. I mostly feel that way about childhood icons. She-Ra/He-Man, Thundercats (holy proselytizing batman!), Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Muppets. So because I can’t do it, … READ MORE

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    Ideological Kink

    December 7th, 2007     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

    Last night on The Hour, George had on Tricia Helfer, of model/Battlestar Galactica fame. She’s promoting a new movie, Walk All Over Me, in which she plays a professional dominatrix. While George and her had a chat about the challenges of playing a dominatrix (which she likened to playing a robot, like her BSG role,) it got me thinking about how Hollywood depicts the relationship between female dominants and submissives and how it deals with … READ MORE

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    Lt. Ripley, we salute thee

    December 7th, 2007     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Given the level of Hollywood’s takes on motherhood lately, I sometimes feel a strong need to crawl into the warm cave of my childhood in the 1980’s. I’m not talking about My Little Pony, The Facts of Life, or even Jem. No, my psychological security blanket is six feet tall, lives in outer space, and goes by the name Ellen Ripley. Oh, and she’s pretty good with a flamethrower, too. Yes, like many … READ MORE

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