We talk to Canadian comedy icons and SCTV alums Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara about playing the parents of Victor Frankenstein in Tim Burton’s stop motion animated Frankenweenie, what it’s like doing voice work, some of their career highlights, and much more.
This week on video store shelves we take a look at Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, The Babymakers, Sean Bean in Cleanskin, and some indie film called The Avengers.
Our archival DVD column returns with a slate of seasonal offerings and oddities with Criterion editions of The Game, Eating Raoul, and Quadrophenia, special editions of Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator, Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and the DVD and Blu-ray premiere of Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Now that TIFF has ended, our DVD reporters can finally start sifting through their piles of DVDs with looks this week at Cabin in the Woods, Beyond the Black Rainbow, Snow White and the Huntsman, Safe, Piranha DD, The Samaritan, Damsels in Distress, and We Have a Pope.
Welcome to the News Shelf. Thursday’s announcement of the Wii U price, retail packages and launch date dominated the headlines, so that’s where we’re starting. But they aren’t the only company who made an announcement about bringing their games to your television. It isn’t even the only major tech hardware announcement to happen this week (three guesses as to what the other one was). Let’s take a look at the rundown.
Acting almost like the pottymouthed big sister of this year’s Magic Mike, For a Good Time, Call… sends the summer out on a high note with witty banter, sly observations, and great performances.
Another busy week at the video store as Battleship blasts its way onto home video, alongside Starship Troopers: Invasion, some Can-con with Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster and A Beginner’s Guide to Endings, the documentary sequel Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the genuinely funny horror comedy A Little Bit Zombie, and the God awful “horror comedy” Jersey Shore Shark Attack.
This week on DVD we look at the stellar Oscar winning foreign drama A Separation, Richard Linklater’s unfortunately slept on Bernie, the direct to DVD efforts Breathless, A Girl Walks into a Bar, and the Dolph Lundgren starring One in the Chamber. Oh, and some indie film called The Hunger Games
While sick, one of our film critics went through a bunch of re-releases from the 80s and 90s from the 20th Century Fox archives (now being distributed by Anchor Bay). Without rhyme or reason he watched Ghost in the Machine, Six Pack, Hear No Evil, Jack the Bear, The Pirate Movie, Quicksilver Highways, Tough Enough, a made for TV remake of Vanishing Point, and former NFL great Howie Long’s first starring role in Firestorm. We don’t fully know why he did it , either, but some of them were good!
This week’s archival DVD column takes a look at various people of different backgrounds struggling to find themselves, as we look at Martin Scorsese’s debut, Mean Streets, a pair of films from Whit Stillman, the first season of the UK TV show The Inbetweeners, and Jim Jarmusch’s Down By Law
We talk to music video maven and Detention director Joseph Kahn about his genre bending, fast paced teen movie labour of love, what films aimed at today’s young adults tend to forget, and how it all ultimately ties into our own retro loving culture.
In a busy week for little seen movies coming to DVD and Blu-ray, we take a look at Nicolas Cage in Seeking Justice, Willem Dafoe in The Hunter, director Morgan Spurlock’s look at the San Diego Comic-Con, the offbeat comedy Jesus Henry Christ, Jon Voight in Beyond, and the aptly titled dark comedy Some Guy Who Kills People.
From the opening seconds following the Universal logo to the tooth gratingly awful cover of The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun” that plays over the film’s all too late THE END title card, there isn’t a more ungainly, unfocused, idiotic, and overall unpleasant film thus far this year than Oliver Stone’s Savages.
We sit down for an in-depth talk with all night grindhouse movie maven Dion Conflict to talk about his sixth annual SHOCK AND AWE event (happening Saturday at The Revue in Toronto) with a history of the series, a film by film breakdown of this year’s selections, and why the fans of these films are more important that ever.
This week on video store shelves, Phil Brown stays home with Jeff, Who Lives at Home before developing Wanderlust, while Andrew Parker heads out west to deal with zombies in Exit Humanity and Christian Slater in Dawn Rider before returning home to wreck the place with Project X Also, a few words about the now cancelled Canadian cult series Being Erica and the intriguing family documentary My Reincarnation.