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Scott Pilgrim International Trailer

The full length international trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World recently hit the net. This trailer, which is a vast improvement on the domestic one released last month, gives us a much clearer picture of the tone that Edgar Wright’s comic book adaptation is trying to strike. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is based […]

Jonah Hex Review

Alan Jones joins us once again for a guest review, this time for Jonah Hex. Alan is president of the University of Toronto Cinema Studies Students Union (CINSSU). This review and many others can be read on the official CINSSU blog. The American Western has fallen in stature considerably since its days as a staple […]

Will’s North by Northeast 2010 Picks

North by Northeast 2010 is upon us! That means I have ringing ears and a sore ass ahead of me, thanks to the over 600 live music acts and an ample assortment of music themed documentaries that are taking Toronto by storm this week. This is simply a list of things I plan on checking […]

Worldwide Short Film Fest Reviews Part II

Identical twins have always played a large part in film fantasies both titillating and frightening. It’s no surprise that this genetic and reproductive anomaly is fascinating, and Scooter Corkle takes advantage of this fascination in his film Chloe and Attie. Identical twin sisters Jacqueline and Joyce Robbins play the title characters. Chloe looks after her […]

Worldwide Short Film Fest Reviews

Short films are (almost) always amazing and inspiring. It is much more challeging to make a short film, as filmmakers have less time to develop a story and therefore must be as minimalist and economical as possible. Here is part one of my reviews of selected shorts from this year’s festival. Have you ever wondered […]

Captain America Costume Concept Art

The internet has been abuzz with theories and speculation over what Captain America’s costume would look like in the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger. Would it be the classic bright blue, winged helmet version? Would it be a more modern take on the character? Or would it reflect the Second World War setting of […]

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Review

People about to watch Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will have two reasons to walk into the theatre with trepidation. Some may ask why the titular Prince doesn’t look very Persian; those who have played the Prince of Persia video games will wonder whether this is another disastrous game-to-film adaptation that will discredit […]

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Full Trailer

When the producers of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World promised they would release the new trailer for the film if the official Facebook page reached over 100,000 “Likes”, I don’t think they anticipated such a quick response. In just a few days the viral campaign reached its goal and as promised the new trailer was […]

Splice Review

There is a moment near the end of Splice when you see the creature in all its frightening glory, this odd hybrid with just enough human to have won your empathy for the majority of the film, and it is about to exact its revenge for mistreatment, when you finally understand what Mary Shelley was […]

Robin Hood Review

It seems that every twenty years or so, Hollywood decides it wants to take on the English folk hero Robin Hood. From the Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn era, to the Connery/Hepburn duo of Robin and Marian and more recently the dubious-yet-classic Kevin Costner outing, Robin Hood is no stranger to the big screen. I’m […]

Inception Final Trailer

Warner Bros. has released the third and final trailer for their upcoming film Inception.  The film is directed by dork favourite Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Canada’s own Ellen Page. Although the film has been in production for quite some time, the amount […]

Shadow Play: The Making of Anton Corbijn Review

Celebrities have their picture taken on an almost constant basis. Often by fans, sometimes by professionals, but only occasionally by certain photographers who have a knack for showing a side of the celebrity that is never seen on camera, often they can capture the loneliness that comes from lack of anonymity. For rock stars in […]

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields Review

The Magnetic Fields are an eclectic but fairly obscure American indie rock band that has been recording for nearly twenty years. While not a household name, they have a fairly devoted following, and many musicians, such as Peter Gabriel, count leader Stephin Merritt as one of the great contemporary American songwriters. In Strange Powers: Stephin […]

Blank City Review

New York City has seen its share of artistic revolutions, though any kind of positive revolution might have seemed impossible in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The city was crippled by massive debt with no help from the federal government, and whole neighbourhoods were urban war zones as countless buildings were left abandoned or […]

The Peddler Review

Before the days of iPods, televisions, and even radio or mass print publications, humans entertained themselves and each other by telling stories. In small groups around campfires, communities would tell each other the stories of their past and present. Fastforward to the 21st century, and Argentinean filmmaker Daniel Burmeister seems to have resurrescted this spirit. […]