Since it's an irrefutable fact that everyone loves lists... we bring you our Top Fives (and occasionally Top Tens)!
It may be too early to discuss the Oscars, but the year in film is wrapping up with a disappointingly meager bang. Years previous, the winter has been a wonderland of cool, exciting new movies. But aside from the mixed, yet intriguing buzz surrounding The Revenant and the fervent anticipation for films like Carol or The Hateful Eight, there's little to get excited about this season.
Besides running the biggest comedy festival in the world every July in Montreal -- not to mention off-shoots in Chicago, Toronto, and now Vancouver -- Just for Laughs also does a great job producing theatre shows across Canada. Our northern land is vast and wide, so it sometimes takes a trusted name like JFL to help bring some of the bigger names in comedy to cities like Halifax, Winnipeg, and Kelowna.
Moustaches: the symbol of manliness. While in recent years, it appears moustaches have tragically gone "out of style", there should be little doubt that in their heydey, they were the ultimate fashion statement for men.
There is no denying that 2014 was the year of Birdman and Boyhood. Say what you will about 'em, but they made a massive impact on audiences. I loved both films, but unfortunately, they didn't quite make this list. That alone should be indicative of how many amazing films were released this year. I'm still just catching up with everything.
Submitted for your approval... Five strange and horrific works of cinematic depravity, the total running time of which would make a lovely line up for a li'l Halloween film festival.
My advice? Why not lock the door, draw those pesky curtains and dig into that massive bowl of candy yourself. Kids aren't getting enough exercise these days anyway.
"If you listen to 'Halls of Valhalla,' there's the ascending note that he does in that, you wouldn't find many singers that can do that."
Judas Priest has been around for forty years now. The last two decades have been awful for the band for a number of reasons Yet, the band continues to go on, and released a new album last month.
One of the reasons why popular works of fiction remain well known through the ages is because they get homaged in later works of fiction. Homages are done to pay respect to these original works. When a movie or a television show is homaged, it keeps the original relevant, jewelry importer and fans of the original are usually glad to see the homage.
It's safe to say, this was an above average year for movies. I can tell because I had such a tough time narrowing down my list to only 10 picks. Great pictures like The Act of Killing, Frances Ha, Upstream Color and Her were all on this list but, as I saw more and more stuff, those ones sadly fell away to the Honorable Mentions, which I have included at the end of this article.
That stiff golden boy they call Oscar had his list, so why can't I? That's right film fans, I'm back for another list to count down my favourite flicks from 2013. In keeping with last year's format (and if you couldn't already tell by the title), this list will consist of the 10 films from last year that I, Andrew Burns, personally consider to be of the best quality and/or just enjoyed the most.
Have you ever thought of becoming a critic?
Do you have an opinion on a movie, television show, or in music that you want to share with the rest of the world? It turns out that most people, if not all people, have some kind of a critical opinion. Whether or not people want to expend the effort to write it down or to record it, is a different story. For those of you that have thought about doing it, this article is for you.