Latest Movie Releases: Week of September 29
Posted by Matt Moskal | Wednesday, May 7, 2014 @ 8:39am
There are few Canadian comedians operating on the same level as Mark Forward. He is an absurd storyteller and an unusual talent. His debut stand-up comedy album, Things I Thought Of, was released earlier this year. Forward is now self-producing comedy shows to claim ownership over his future as a performer.
Mark and I spoke over the phone from the UMFM studio to a pub in Toronto, ON. While Forward sipped on a pint of Guinness, we talked about the frivolous awards, morning radio shows and superfluous language.
Posted by Elizabeth Hughes Belzil | Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 2:43pm
Lebanese-Canadian author Rawi Hage published Cockroach: A Novel, in 2008 to generally positive reviews and even snagged a few literary awards. Now, more than half a decade later, the book has a new found prominence: it has been selected for 2014's Canada Reads and is the inspiration of a short film, The Underground, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival's Shortcuts Program 6. A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to speak to the film's young star, Omar Joseph Hady.
The central character of the film imagines himself a scuttling insect, experiencing life as an outsider on the nocturne streets of Montreal. A refugee from Iran, Araz feels tormented by the violence in his past and alienated from his new world. Hady has a relaxed disposition and social ease that starkly distinguishes him from the troubled character he portrays. I asked him about his audition for the role. Though he assured me tardiness is not the norm for him, on the day of the audition there was a mechanical issue with the street car he was riding.
Posted by Matt Moskal | Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 11:56am
This year marks the fifteenth Winnipeg Improv Festival, which takes place Sept. 30th to Oct. 4th at the Gas Station Arts Centre. The event features members of Hip. Bang!, Rapid Fire Theatre, Der Kaktus and The Kids in the Hall. Founder and improviser Stephen Sim will be featured in the line-up along with his infamous duo, CRUMBs.
CRUMBs are a Stephen Sim and long-time compatriot Lee White. Together, they have performed across the globe with their unique brand of long-form character-based lo-fi improv.
Posted by Elizabeth Hughes Belzil | Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 9:05am
In a small patio nestled in a high-rise apartment building in downtown Toronto, I sit across from Albert Shin. Despite the periodic sounds of honking from below and the roar of planes from above, the spot is peaceful, illuminated by the mid-morning sun. The young Canadian writer-director is friendly and informal, with a boyish face and irrepressible grin. One would hardly guess that he helmed the spectacular In Her Place which played as part of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery program ASME Y14.5 . The level of mastery displayed in the film appears more the work of a veteran filmmaker than a second feature shot on a micro-budget.
Posted by Mark McLeod | Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 11:42am
HORRIFYING "PHRIKE FILMFEST 72 HOUR FILM COMPETITION"
Posted by Matt Moskal | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 2:42pm
Graham Clark is a comedian based out of Vancouver, BC. He and fellow comic Dave Shumka co-host the popular Maximum Fun podcast Stop Podcasting Yourself. The woolly-chinned humorist has also painted his impression across the continent from Just For Laughs to Bumbershoot.
Posted by S.P. Young | Friday, August 8, 2014 @ 5:00pm
"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."
Posted by Randy Hazzard | Wednesday, August 6, 2014 @ 9:13pm
We live in a time where Disney has a monopoly on my childhood. They are cross-generational and influential into all things I enjoyed in media growing up. I was raised on the classic animated films, then introduced to new ones like Aladdin and The Lion King. Eventually, they jumped into the future by using Pixar to make them even more relevant than they were. As time went on, they began to scour the back catalog of franchises by purchasing Lucasfilm, Marvel, and The Muppets. Now, the product they produce across all their brands is somehow superior to most other things.
Posted by Andrew Burns | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 @ 4:17pm
Some of you might be wondering, what or who the hell are these Guardians of the Galaxy? It has the Marvel logo all over the promos but these aren't characters or superheroes you've probably ever heard of right? Marvel has had a good thing going here, why take a chance with some space movie? Ten films, billions of dollars, and one hell of an opening weekend later trust me these Marvel guys know what they are doing.
Posted by Tony Hinds | Monday, July 28, 2014 @ 6:15pm
Kurt Metzger's (@kurtmetzger on Twitter) hilarious new stand-up special, White Precious is a refreshingly dark and misanthropic way to spend an hour. Fans already familiar with his popular podcast, Race Wars will not be surprised by the candidly abrasive tone. Metzger gets away with this material because it is also intelligent and thoughtfully conveyed. Undoubtedly, Kurt Metzger is one of the most underrated names in comedy.
Posted by Mark McLeod | Monday, July 21, 2014 @ 1:47am
The first thing you notice when you step off the elevator in Vancouver's Standard Building -- home of New Image College of Fine Arts -- is that this isn't quite the educational learning facility you're expecting. Backed by a lush, almost new age-feeling interior -- which serves as the sign in desk for both the in-house spa and the acting/esthetics school -- I suddenly wasn't sure what to expect. After all, when you're expecting a rather cold and business-like lobby and you get something out of the movies, you tend to be a bit taken off guard.
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