5 items from 2012
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
As a recent diagram doing the rounds on the internet showed, there’s a cyclical way in which people feel about Call of Duty. From anticipation to ecstasy, through comparison and hatred, all the way back to anticipation in preparation for the latest incarnation from Activision. There’s some truth in this, and rightly so; each stage makes sense, you’ve liked previous games so it’s natural to be excited about the sequel, or you’ve played the predecessor so much that you’ve noticed annoying nuances that frustrate. All-in-all though, Call of Duty is a behemoth, and I’m still a sucker for it.
Black Ops 2 dares to be different however, with additions to your individual experience you shape the story, you mould your multiplayer character, and you create the game modes you get to enjoy. With a plethora of changes, it’s important »
- Michael Atkinson
September is here again, and it's time to delve into the cinematic bounty of the Wavelengths section of the Toronto International Film Festival, that rambunctious and idiosyncratic corner of the Reitman Machine largely cordoned off from commercial concerns and set aside for lovely and sometimes difficult film art. Despite the ever-changing profile of Tiff, stalwart programmer Andréa Picard has [cue needle-scratching-record sound] What? Yes, last year at this time, the avant-garde community thought we were seeing Ms. Picard leaving this position behind. Fortunately for us all, Tiff won her back.
And this is where things get interesting. Starting with this 2012 edition of the festival, the Wavelengths section is a much more broadly based, festival-wide category. In essence, it now subsumes the old Visions designation, which was Tiff’s home for formally challenging, feature-length arthouse fare. This merger, which may seem like a bit of a shotgun wedding to some, does in fact make sense. »
Following something as successful as Midnight in Paris — which became both a Best Picture nominee as well as the highest-grossing picture of Woody Allen’s career — was never going to be easy. Allen struck gold in that one, finding an ideal surrogate for himself in Owen Wilson and allowing everyone, for the time being, to repress the fact that his recent output has been so erratically scattershot. Unfortunately, his latest Eurotrip, To Rome with Love, brings those memories back in a hurry, with the narrative-vignette approach ultimately revealing a desert-dry uncertainty rather than a purposeful overriding agenda.
Let’s start with the strangest and, even if it doesn’t make good on its promise, most potentially illuminating of these threads. Ellen Page — in a role that makes her slight misplacement in Inception look like a stroke of casting genius — plays Monica, who, as we’re so bullheadedly told time and time again, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Tribeca: Tell us a little about Keep the Lights On. How do you describe the movie in your own words? Ira Sachs: Keep the Lights On is the story of a decade-long relationship between two men in New York City from the first day to the last. You could also say it's a break-up movie, a story of addictions, a co-dependent romance, a roman-â-clef, an autobiography, and a movie about sex and love and friendship and the very particular world of artists and filmmakers and writers that I've been a part of for the last 25 years here in New York City. Tribeca: As the director and co-writer, what inspired you to tell this story? Ira Sachs: About 5 years ago, I saw a film called Before I Forget, by Jacques Nolot, at the Cinema Village, about a gay filmmaker in Paris and his world and his friends and his »
Chuck Versus The Baby to Bring in New Year
It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m sitting here preparing myself mentally to talk about this week’s Chuck. Don’t worry; this isn’t how I plan to spend my entire night. I’ll keep this review short. The quick version of this review is as follows: I have very mixed feelings about “Chuck Versus the Baby”. Parts of it were really well done, particularly the B-plot with Morgan, Alex, Ellie and Awesome. Balancing the positive with the negative, we have Sarah’s flashbacks and the majority of her questionable decision making process throughout the episode.
Let’s tackle that negative nonsense first. Just a few episodes ago Sarah made a big stink over Chuck going solo and not trusting Sarah with his plans. Now in “Baby” Sarah is primed and ready to do the exact thing she »
- Brody Gibson
5 items from 2012
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