Posts Tagged ‘Film & TV’

Citizen journalist, amateur director?

"This camera sees the future." (Matt Glynn photo)

In a tech-savvy world, it’s the norm to own an iPhone or Blackberry over a basic feature phone. With all those extra features, it was inevitable that people would start shooting full-length documentaries and films on their smartphones. One of the first docs to emerge from this subgenre is Iranian filmmaker Jahar Panafi’s This Is…

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Not just for nerds

A great graphic novel allows its characters to leap off the page. (Photo supplied)

As a literary form, graphic novels are often dismissed because of their reputation. Some readers are turned away because they have pictures, thinking that hardly qualifies them to sit amongst the literary greats (and also brings back memories of childhood picture books…we are of course, so terribly far beyond that in university). Others are turned…

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Josh Cruddas strikes gold in Copperhead film

  A recent graduate of Dalhousie’s acting program, Josh Cruddas is making his mark in the world of theatre. With roles in Titanic: The Aftermath, the TV series Call Me Fitz and the highly anticipated movie, Copperhead, released this spring, Cruddas is getting his fair share of experience in the acting world. His passion for acting…

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Hollywood horror lost in the dark

  Horror movies grew out of the rubble of post-war Germany like a psilocybin mushroom sprouting from the front lawn of a cop station. Something unexpected in the face of imperial violence. Nosferatu (1922), the first screen vampire, stalked black and white footage like a silent apparition—the shadow of wartime angst—awkwardly carting his grotesquely curled hands…

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An introduction to feminist horror

Painting of Judith mit dem Haupt des Holofernes by Lucas Cranach the Elder. (Image taken from Wikimedia Commons)

Zoe Doucette If you grow up as a girl, you are taught to fear from a young age. Fear becomes one of your best friends, because it is with you all the time, even when you’re not aware of it. Your body is objectified and reviled by your culture. You are taught not to display…

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The Master is Spellbinding

Paul Thomas Anderson loves long tracking shots, multi-character ensembles, ambient musical scores and ambiguous endings. He directed Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch Drunk Love (2002) and There Will Be Blood (2007). Now he has delivered another powerful film with The Master (2012). Set in post-WWII America, Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) struggles to make a life for himself after being…

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The book was better

Sept. 30, 2012 Dear Friend, I am writing to you because the film adaptation of classic teen-angst novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower is set for local release on Oct. 5, and I for one am not planning to see it. Not even a little. Who would voluntarily pay to have their childhood memories…

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Switch to wheels and roll to Premium Rush

This past Sunday, Halifax made a switch. To encourage Haligonians to cycle, rollerblade or walk, two kilometres of road were shut down for Open Street Sunday, also known as Switch. The event included activities and sidewalk shops. Ross Soward, a community planner for the event, says Switch is multipurpose. “It’s a way to use our…

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