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Bartleby’s Best Films of 2009

24 Jan

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Yes sir, I know I’m quite late with this, but this past month has been loaded down with surprises—both good and bad—that have drawn my attention away from the blog. Hopefully, this will be the last bit of procrastination the site sees for awhile. The plan is to get back into a daily posting framework, and if that’s successful, move to a legitimate website sometime in February. Until then, here’s my belated list of  2009’s best films.

I’ve heard many complain that this past year was a weak one cinematically speaking, and in a late scrabble to identify the potential ‘award winners’ for Oscar season many are coming up short with candidates. Well, bah! to that I say. Regarding the medium of film as a whole, I see 2009 as nothing less than a fantastic success.

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Top 20 Horror Movies of the Decade Part 2

22 Dec

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December 22nd, 2009–

Here we go. These are my choices for the top ten best horror films of the decade. As I said before, once I really examined the decade I realized that it did give me some of my all time favorite thrillers. It just took some sifting. The ten movies below are, in my opinion, all excellent films that are working at the top of their game and genre. In this instance all have been out long enough that I’ve seen them a few times each (including Pontypool). They represent a quality of work and artistic exploration that isn’t typically associated with the genre. In the coming decade we can only hope to have horror pictures as absorbing and effective. Continue reading

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