Category Archives: Movie Theatre

TIFF 2014: reconnecting with forgotten friends

Carlos-PosterIn terms of being a movie fan, I seem to be a tad forgetful. I’m not necessarily a fair weather friend – my love stays constant – but I am too easily distracted by the next shiny thing that comes along.

So with every new year and every new Toronto International Film Festival, I am reminded of an admired film artist that I have been neglecting.

Last year, I felt great shame at how I had been taking the wonderful Jim Jarmusch for granted. Now I have kept up with his work, but lately with less fidelity. I have no idea why (perhaps I am too much the dilettante) as he has made some of my favourite American indie movies. Continue reading

PURGE(S): commence the b-movie love

74864_frontLast week I had a fun day where I enjoyed a Purge double-bill. I watched the first The Purge movie on Blu-ray at home (borrowed, of course, from the library) then went out to catch its sequel The Purge: Anarchy in the theatre. I’m crazy for bad movies like these. And when I say “bad”, know that I don’t mean BAD.  These are b-movies.

And when I say “b-movies” I mean …well, I might not know what I mean. Traditionally, a b-movie was a low budget, quickly filmed feature that ran on the bottom of a theatrical double feature. That kind of film going experience disappeared long ago.

The term b-movie also could signify that a film belongs to a certain genre – a genre that is gritty or silly or what-have-you. They are more fun-for-you and than good-for-you. We have your old timey westerns, creature features and gangster movies. We also have your more contemporary horror and science fiction genre workouts. Continue reading

Robin Williams: The Man Who Made Us Laugh

robinAugust 11, 2014 saw the passing of an old and dear friend of mine. And probably a friend of yours as well. Mr. Robin Williams, the Man Who Made Us Laugh. Though I did not know him as a private person I knew and loved him through the laughter and tears we have shared over the years. It has been decades since I sat in the darkness of a dingy little movie house and was introduced to the man who became a legend and took on the worst pirate of all in order to save the magic of childhood imaginings. That man with the crinkled crows feet smile that held a knowing gleam of mischief and excitement whenever he appeared.

A lifetime on the big screen, small screen, and center stage has left a vast repertoire of films and books that showcase his legacy and influence throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century. With an almost superhuman ability to reach out and communicate to children Robin’s trademark clownish lovability can be found in some of his most beloved children’s films such as HookJumanji,  Mrs. Doubtfire, Happy Feet and Aladdin. How could anyone forget the film which brought us the iconic role of the Genie, a hundred quirky personalities all stuck in one character? Continue reading