12 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
One of William Shakespeare’s most inspired works, Romeo and Juliet is possibly Cinema’s most intrigued subject. Bollywood soon followed with multiple versions from time to time. From Qayamat se Qayamat Tak to Ishqzaade lately and the very forgetful Issaq, the versions have maintained the common thread, each further altered per director’s vision. It’s interesting what someone once said – that Indian audiences like their movies to end with the happily ever after. That possibly explains why films on lovers’ sacrifices haven’t really worked magic at the box office. That did not deter filmmakers to pursue their continued obsession of the theme, the latest being Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose film Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela releases in theatres this week. Can Slb take this simple charm of the film, maintain the core soul, yet reinvent it to a distinguished feel and appealing watch?
Two families in a feud for centuries past, »
- Pooja Rao
Record Store Day is a mecca for music fans. The bi-annual event offers limited-edition, often highly collectable releases on the third Saturday in April and on Black Friday, Nov. 29 (the day after Thanksgiving). Record Store Day today announced the gems that will be available at its Black Friday sale this year. Here's the entire list. The vinyl and CD releases range from reissues and rarities to new albums exclusive to Record Store Day. We're coveting a “Black on Black” edition of Queens of the Stone Age's "...Like Clockwork," a 7-inch of Tegan and Sara's "Guilty As Charged/I Run Empty" Ep, »
- Whitney Phaneuf
Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers, »
Otto Preminger's lush CinemaScope melodrama Bonjour Tristesse, rereleased this week, is a showcase for gorgeousness. The Côte d'Azur glitters in pristine, vibrant Technicolor; Paris smoulders in smoky monochrome. But while the film's ostensible love triangle of Deborah Kerr, David Niven and Mylène Demongeot pose prettily on the Riviera in costumes by Givenchy and Hermès, the star of this show is 20-year-old Jean Seberg. In a chic cocktail dress or a swimsuit and a man's denim shirt, Seberg is radiantly beautiful, and with that signature pixie crop, unforgettably, arrestingly cool too.
- Pamela Hutchinson
The British Isles. The United States of America. Two veritable juggernauts in the world today, I’m sure no one will argue. In the realm of television, the influence of both countries can be seen very strongly, leading, inevitably, to many drawing comparisons between the two countries’ television programs and asking that age-old question; which is better?
What? You want me to tell you? What makes you think I have any idea? Personally, my allegiance is divided. I’m technically a British citizen, so I’ve got to have some national pride, but I can’t escape the behemoth that is American Television. Such networks as AMC and HBO have become well known in Britain, and have imported a great many of their shows to various British channels. So, yeah, it’s pretty hard for Britons to escape them, and thus many start to appreciate them. Guilty as charged.
- Josh Patterson
Embrace or annihilate? Both sides of the cable biz’s split personality regarding Internet video technologies and services took the stage at this year’s Cable Show in Washington, D.C.
In one corner was Comcast. Topper Brian Roberts used his keynote slot at the cable biz’s annual confab in the style of a Silicon Valley product reveal to tout X2, a new guide that will span TV, tablets, smartphones and computers to deliver smarter recommendations, Web content and apps, and a voice-activated remote control.
Comcast’s firm belief is that it can beat challengers like Apple, Amazon, Google and Intel in the living room with its own elegant, simple and powerful TV experience. The operator also showed a “cloud” TV service, which will sling live TV and DVR recordings to Internet-connected devices in subscribers’ homes and provide virtually infinite storage.
Roberts offered a mea culpa for the ugly »
- Todd Spangler
Washington, D.C. – Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts made his first appearance at the annual National Cable and Telecommunications Association convention since 2011 on Tuesday -- and before introducing the crowd to the cable and broadband giant's next product launch, the X2 entertainment system, he admitted that the industry has been slow to roll out TV Everywhere services. “Guilty as charged. We haven’t made it as easy as we need to. There’s a lot of effort around that,” said Roberts. “It’s a matter of focus and commitment to it. We’re now heading in a good direction. We’ve got more
- Alex Ben Block
Just to be perfectly clear, ABC’s trashy new sudser Mistresses isn’t going to be part of next year’s Emmy race — unless, of course, any/all of the following categories are introduced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
* Best Adjustment of a Sexy Leather Skirt Following a Quickie in a For-Sale Piece of Beachfront Real Estate
* Best Accidental Flash of Garter During a Business Meeting
* Best Deliberate Flash of Garter After a Business Meeting
* Best Future Psychiatric Malpractice Suit for Sleeping With Sexy Dying Patient, Holding Sexy Patient’s Widow’s Hand During Funeral, Attracting Subsequent Romantic »
- Michael Slezak
Thrash Metal has been with us for so long now that bands and albums are already classifiable as Classic, Old-School and Modern. After creating a list which counted down the 10 Greatest Thrash Metal Albums Of All Time, I thought it only appropriate to tackle the 10 Greatest Modern Classics Of Thrash Metal, as many recent albums are just as worthy as those released back in Thrash’s 80s heyday.
Thrash Metal has made an astonishing comeback over the last 10 years, with many of the classic Thrash bands reforming and recording new material. I’ve taken great care to balance their output with the new breed of Thrash bands, hopefully providing a balanced overview of the genre as it stands today.
Thrash is arguably as popular today as it was 25 years ago and with the recent success of the ‘Big Four’ Tour (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, together on one bill for »
- Christopher Jennings
In a recent interview in New York magazine, director Steven Soderbergh lambasted critics for praising movies he felt weren't, as he sniffed, "up to snuff." "I don't grade on a curve," Soderbergh said, implying that movie reviewers do. Guilty as charged. When looking at the curve for all Dwayne Johnson movies, "Snitch" belongs a little over the hump on the side of the better, more ambitious efforts. Also read: Stunt Man-Turned-Director Wages His Own War on Drugs With 'Snitch' On the curve of the entire pantheon of all movies ever made, slot this action »
- Leah Rozen
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Tegan and Sara Quin are twin sisters from Calgary that decided to start their career in music in 1995. Their band is known as ‘Tegan and Sara’, and as of now, it was mainly an indie rock band that, as such, appealed to a small niche of public. Despite being featured in many TV shows over the years – Grey’s Anatomy, Veronica Mars, The L Word or Vampire Diaries, among others – and doing collaborations with mainstream artists like Tiesto, they had never really tried to break the mainstream market, perhaps to be true to their indie fan-base. That is until now, because their new album ‘Heartthrob’ combines the soul and lyrics of the truest Tegan and Sara but with an 80’s-influenced electronic production and addicting hooks, obtaining incredible results.
The lyrical content of the album gyrates around the concept of love, yet from a melancholic, not always happy perspective, »
- Susana Novaz
12 items from 2013
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