the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2006

E3 2002

With E3 being scaled down next year, I figured it was time to belatedly reminisce about the extravagant and smelly spectacle that it once was. So I’ve uploaded a number of photos from the 2002 show, the one and only time I attended. Bonus content: The Decline of Western Magazine Design and The Final Decline and Total Collapse of the American Magazine Cover. Also, My Animated World, a stop-motion day in the life of a gamer.

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Forensics of Sleep

You know what’s a little disconcerting? Seeing several cop cars, police tape and a forensics truck every day for a week when you step out or come home. I’m not scared for my life because some lowlife had the decency to get himself shot in the head across the street for me. I don’t think the neighbourhood (the city. the world!) is going to hell. I wasn’t and I won’t be afraid to step out at night. And I’m definitely…

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TIFF end

So the festival is over, some crappy awards were given, and it’s back to work. I hadn’t seen any of the award winning films, but I still deem the award selection crappy (Death of a President was clearly a bullshit political choice.) If I were to give awards, I would just rank all the movies I’ve seen in order from favourite to least favourite, like this: Climates (local link) — the very first movie I saw this year still remains…

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TIFF: “Seraphim Falls”

The film festival is over but I’m still catching up. Last Wednesday evening I caught the (world?) premiere of Seraphim Falls, a western starring Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson. Though everything else is starting to blur — it feels as though it’s been ages since I saw the film — several scenes from this still stand out prominently. There are some truly memorable moments in Seraphim Falls. Unfortunately, the film as a whole is a lot harder to take. I’m…

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Toronto Sun

Oh, fuck off Toronto Sun, you worthless rag. Stuff your sensationalist bullshit up your ass. I don’t read your trash, but now I will pledge to read it even less. By comparison, the Toronto Star had this matter-of-fact headline:

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TIFF: Quick “The Fountain” impressions

It is 10pm and I’m home between movies. I just saw “Retrieval” and I have “Severance” coming up at midnight. Earlier this afternoon I saw The Fountain. It was an… interesting movie. A lot of people are going to dislike it. I predict that many will interpret the tales too literally, which is partly due to how the movie is being pushed. It is not a story of some immortal-like man living through different times trying to save a woman…

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TIFF: “Rescue Dawn”

Perhaps it’s shocking, but this is the first Werner Herzog film that I’ve seen. Ever. Based on the acclaim and the status that Herzog has, though, Rescue Dawn seems like a bad first introduction. It is a good film — by no means is it bad — but most of the reviews that I’ve seen say that it is a poor Herzog film. Of course, I don’t know that canon so I can only look at it as its own…

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TIFF: “Volver” and “Winter Journey”

I was never a fan of Penelope Cruz. The few roles that I had seen her in didn’t convince me and I was unsure of where the superlatives describing her came from. After seeing “Volver” I think I’m having a change of heart. Cruz is outstanding, really gorgeous, and superlative-worthy. Her character is the movie. Everything else seems secondary. As great as the movie was, the unfortunate thing about the screening was that we (my sister and I) were stuck…

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TIFF: “Born and Bred” and “Jade Warrior”

Friday had two world premieres, the Argentine “Born and Bred” and the Sino-Finnish (?) “Jade Warrior“. Jade Warrior is an interesting amalgam. A romantic epic wuxia film taking place in both modern Finland and ancient China, connected through a mythology that takes its roots from ancient tales from both cultures and the (slight) links between them. It’s ambitious and it has its moments, like the fine finale, but everything leading up to that felt too forced for my tastes. The…

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TIFF: “Climates” (“Iklimer”)

After just two movies, Nuri Bilge Ceylan is quickly becoming one of my favourite new directors and he (along with the film Gegen Die Wand) is making me want to take a good long look at Turkish cinema. Climates (trailer), much like his previous film Distant, is a very sparse movie. Dialogue is minimal and in its place there are many slow, long shots of characters in deep thought. These moments work because of the acting and the direction. They…

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TIFF

The 2006 Toronto Film Festival begins today. It marks that start of what is quickly becoming one of my favourite times of the year. An annual tradition. Sure, it’s only my second time attending, but it’s two consecutive years and that’s enough to warrant it being called an “annual tradition”. As with last year, I didn’t buy any advance passes or tickets and just took my chances with the online system once the individual tickets went on sale. Yes, the…

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Saint’s Row

While immitation might be a form of flattery, Saint’s Row is akin to a giant blow job. “Inspiration” and “influence” are words that are too kind when used to describe this grand theft design committed by Volition and THQ. It’s too bad. There’s some decent ideas (improvements) there and the engine is certainly capable and the production values are admirable, but no matter what the game does right it can not escape the shadow of Grand Theft Auto. It is…

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WordPress part 2

There. I’ve gone live with a WordPress install. It’s been live for a couple of minutes and I’m already sick of WordPress. I don’t know why even bothered. This port of the site has left me screaming at the screen more often than XBox Live’s Street Figher 2‘s arcade mode. With that, I say Fuck you WordPress. You certainly are easy to install, but doing anything with the themes is so obtuse and rediculous I might as well just code…

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