Navigating the waters of new TV can be a tad daunting. To help you, here's the first part of our new TV recommendations series, featuring Elena's top picks.
Not only are we counting down the five best movies to see from this year's Canadian Music Week film selections, but we're also giving away tickets to see them on us! Check out this year's must sees (including a new Alex Gibney documentary, a look at Elliot Smith, the latest film with Michael Fassbender in a giant paper mache head, and more) and how to win tickets to each of the films we're showcasing!
This week brings looks at some leftover spooks, 'splosions, and some romance as we transition from Halloween in to the deeper recesses of fall. We look at Roland Emmerich's latest blockbuster White House Down, John Carpenter's underrated In the Mouth of Madness, James's Wan's surprise megahit The Conjuring, Richard Linklater's trilogy capping Before Midnight, and Neil Jordan's unjustly slept-on Byzantium.
White House Down is both vastly better than this year's other President-in-peril flick and about as goofy and endearingly silly as one would expect from director Roland Emmerich, delivering his best all around work since Independence Day. You know, that other movie that destroyed the White House.
Looking to shake the early winter doldrums? Before you head out or order in a movie out on DVD this week, take a look at our eclectic line-up of reviews including the action of Taken 2 and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, the martial arts mayhem of Swords of Dragons Gate, the drama of Won't Back Down, the visual splendour of Samsara, and the return of Woody Allen in To Rome with Love.
Taking place in a magical and conservative world where teacher's unions are the most evil threats to our children and ukelele improv sessions are equal to Oscar bait, leading actresses Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis work overtime to make the school based drama/polemic Won't Back Down not seem nearly as dreadful as it could have very easily been. That still doesn't make it good.
If you’re only going to see one movie about vibrators this year, Hysteria should be at the top of your list.