Tag: movie

Film Review: The Dictator

By Rebecca Akrasi-Sarpong Everybody has their preference for entertainment and what is funny. Obviously, there are commonalities across groups which allow comedies to be successful and receive great reviews. I learned in Media Studies that comedy often does not carry across cultures. Violence and sex, however, are topics universally understood. When you mix violence and [...]

October 23, 2012
Is 21 Jump Street another dead end?

Is 21 Jump Street another dead end?

Hollywood is out of ideas. Go to any movie theatre in the summer and all you will see are sequels, prequels, reinventions, and re-imaginations of your favourite, or your grandfather’s favourite story.

April 2, 2012
By Scott, Seann William can fight!

By Scott, Seann William can fight!

We’re Canadians, and whether we like it or not, hockey is a big part of our cultural identity. No one understands this better than Jay Baruchel, the co-writer and co-star of Goon.

March 6, 2012
Drop your drawers for Roman conquest

Drop your drawers for Roman conquest

You’d be hard pressed to find me in a movie theatre. My undiagnosed ADHD just won’t allow it. You see, I need to multitask during movies: laundry… pedicure… anything to keep my hands busy.

March 6, 2012
Shame

Shame

There are films that are bold in their depictions of addictions – Requiem for a Dream, for instance, comes to mind. Portrayals of sex addiction, though, have usually been dismissed as pornographic. To label Shame as pornographic trash would be a severe disservice to Steve McQueen’s engaging and emotionally raw glimpse into the life of a sex addict and his inner turmoil.

February 14, 2012

Wahlberg leaves his mark on this crime caper

Marky Mark and his funky bunch of smugglers Simon Worley Mark Wahlberg has done well for himself. From underwear model and rap artist to respected actor and producer, he has made his mark in Hollywood as a leading man whose movies consistently gross over $100 million. Contraband has Wahlberg playing Chris Farraday, an uncomplicated character [...]

January 30, 2012
Cruise leaves Holmes to hunt for a mission

Cruise leaves Holmes to hunt for a mission

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to watch Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protoco with the knowledge that characters could be one dimensional, plot holes may be gaping, and that none of that really matters. By the way, this article will self destruct when you finish reading it.

January 24, 2012

Little fish making it in a great big world

My earliest memories of Brunswick sardines go back 17 years. My grandmother always had the best lunches when we went to visit her, and it was at her table that I first tried avocado, herring, pierogi, and yes, sardines.

January 24, 2012
DiCaprio looking to clean up with Hoover

DiCaprio looking to clean up with Hoover

If there were a checklist for what makes a movie an Oscar contender, then J. Edger would be ticking most of the boxes. It was released at an important time – early November, when Hollywood begins to seriously lobby for their best pictures to get Oscars nominations.

November 21, 2011