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Movie Review: Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ is a Titanic Achievement

18 Dec

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 The lights turn down, the 3-D glasses go on, and what follows is one of the most basic and honest reasons to go the cinema; pure delight. James Cameron finally unveils  his Avatar and it is one of the most entertaining and visually accomplished works of his entire career. This is the pulp sci-fi feast fans thought they were getting some ten years ago when they went walking into The Phantom Menace hoping for magic to strike. When it happens, you can hear the thunder and feel the electricity. This is why I love the movies. Continue reading

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The Weekly Creepy: The War of the Words Comes To ‘Pontypool’

12 Aug

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In the wake of huge events, after them and before them, physical details– they spasm for a moment–they sort of unlock, and when they come back into focus, they suddenly coincide…in a weird way. 

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Pontypool (R) 96 min. Directed by: Bruce McDonald. Written by: Tony Burgess. Starring: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak, Rick Roberts. Cinematography: Miroslaw Baszak. Original music by: Claude Fossey.  

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One winter morning in Pontypool, Ontario, persnickety shock-jock Grant Massey arrives at work and heads into the local radio-station (in a church basement) where he meets his grudging work-force made up of grousy producer Sidney Briar, and production-assistant Laurel Ann. Massey is depressed by the encroaching winter dark, Briar agitated by Grant’s on-air antics, and Laurel Ann, an Afghan War vet, sits bemused in the midst of it.

And then, somewhere between updates by Ken Loney, the traffic advisor in his “Sunshine Chopper” (he’s just in his car on a hill) and an in-studio visit by ‘Lawrence and the Arabians’, a report comes in about an violent, escalating riot with the assailants “pulling people to the ground with their teeth”. Massey springs into action, relishing the opportunity to stand at ground zero of a real news story. And while the characters are in the dark, the audience understands whats happening–zombies have come to Cananda. Continue reading