Posts Tagged ‘movies’

7 movies to feel lucky about in 2013

  1. Man of Steel – This needs to be good in order to make up for the blasphemous Super Man Returns that unfortunately flew to the world in 2006. It was just a movie where Superman pranced around and hid in bushes like the Halifax night watcher. The trailer does look promising, although director Zack Snyder…

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Winter retreat

Drinking isn’t the only indoor activity available over a Halifax winter. (Adele van Wyk photo)

You’re in Halifax when you wake up and see the extremes of weather outside your window. Do you stay inside buried under blankets watching TV and wishing you could find something to do? Or do you just stick to your homework all day long? Whatever you do, don’t let the weather get you down. Here…

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Gotta watch ‘em all

Why pay for expensive cable options when you can download for free? (Chris Parent photo)

Online movies are fast, convenient, free—and illegal.  Having been back to school for a little less than three weeks, I’ve noticed a growing tendency to download movies instead of buying them, which I find shocking in its casual acceptability. It’s become the norm for many students I’ve spoken to, and that irks the hell out…

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AFF films for freaks and geeks

Movies are for summer. Everybody knows that. So, in the fall, balls-to-the-wall action blockbusters (the actual phrase two separate friends used to describe The Avengers to me) get replaced by melancholic Oscar contenders—with a subsequent drop in ticket sales. Likewise, at the start of another semester, we trade the more immediate visual medium for the…

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Flicks: The Artist

Marie: There are two ways that I can describe Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist (2012) right off the top of my head: 1) It is an endearing and affective love letter to the art and history of cinema, and 2) It is a novelty film, it being the first feature-length silent film since the 1920s. Starring French…

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Flicks: A Dangerous Method

ZOE:   The David Cronenberg/Viggo Mortensen collaboration party continues in A Dangerous Method (2011), a departure from the gory A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007).  Method dives into the conflicts and heady discoveries of psychoanalysis as it emerged in early 20th century Vienna and Zurich. Theoretically, the  talent and subject matter promise an energetic, scathing take on human fallibility contorting  ‘progress’  –…

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Flicks Review: Melancholia

Melancholia is a bad date movie—unless your date is Nietzsche, who’d be hot under the collar for the Wagner and nihilistic melodrama. The movie starts suddenly; cue slow-mo apocalyptic dream sequence, end light-hearted conversation—you’ve entered writer/director Lars Von Trier land. A star appears above a wedding reception on a vast estate. Such a low-profile intro…

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Flicks Review: The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary

Adapted from Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, The Rum Diary mixes the beauty of Puerto Rican landscape and the oh-so-dreamy Johnny Depp with belligerent alcoholism and American capitalist imperialism. Depp stars as Paul Kemp, a journalist who moves from 1950s New York to write for major English newspaper The Daily News in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While…

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The Swell Season delights at AFF

Once stars’ lives unveiled in new documentary About three months ago, I read this NPR article about The Swell Season, a documentary about the Irish/Czech band of the same name. Now, I am, and have been for quite some time, an avid fan of the group; I collect their albums, I’ve seen them in concert…

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Picnicface’s big break

Little in Roller Town. Photo supplied by the AFF.

Roller Town opens to sold out audiences at the AFF   For many Haligonians, Roller Town was once just a pipe dream, a random movie-trailer parody posted on YouTube by local hot-shot comedy troupe, Picnicface. But this year’s Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) proved us all wrong when their long-awaited feature length film opened the festival…

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