the-inbetween posts categorized as Film and TV

Technical Difficulties

This one’s my favourite on account of the Tangerine Dream

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ExoSquad: Toons From My Youth

Last weekend, after some Batman: The Animated Series episodes and the associated nostalgia (and after the fact appreciation) I started thinking about the other dark and moody cartoon of the day: Gargoyles. I recalled bits and pieces of the show, the characters, some of the plots, and, above all else, the seriously epic (for a cartoon aimed at tweens/early teens) opening music and titles. The related links for that revealed that the entire first season is up on YouTube (it…

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My Trilogy Meter

Dan Meth posted his Trilogy Meter which, basically, rates the movies of various trilogies. His choice of movies tends to favour the more geek-flavoured trilogies, but when I think about it most well known trilogies are of that nature. That might say something about geeks. I don’t know. I took issue with some of his purely subjective opinions, so I created a chart showing you my own purely subjective opinions. It’s probably a decent approximation of my tastes. Considering that…

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Cinematic Experience

On Friday, I went to a big screen cinema inside of a shopping centre–a decidedly untourist-like thing to do–to see “The Dark Knight.” It was a warm day in London so I welcomed the air conditioning in the empty theatre thirty minutes before the screening. Silly me, expecting major crowds for a record setting movie one day after its release. However, before it started I was in convulsions brought on by the onset of hypothermia. That venue was downright cold.…

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Star Trek Euphemisms

It’s puerile and ridiculous and excessive and I couldn’t sit through all ten minutes of it, but I love this Star Trek: The Next Generation montage on YouTube: Basically, it condenses all 8275 minutes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, from all seven seasons and all the movies, into a ten minute long clip of out-of-context sexual euphemisms. All of which is presented in a linear, story-like fashion. It is quite… preposterous. I can not imagine how much work it…

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IP Imperialism

It’s not a new development, but it is one that seems to resurface every few months. The US is, of course, trying to export US-style copyright reform to Canada. This is happening all around the world. Many new treaties and trade pacts between the United States and foreign countries include copyright stipulations. The US is exceedingly aggressive in this regard and, often times, very one sided. They complain when other nations don’t respect copyrights as strictly as they do, citing…

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Alternate Best Comedy Sketches

No doubt you’ve seen the list of 50 greatest comedy sketches that’s making the rounds. Lists like that make great weblog fodder. Unlike most lists, though, this one isn’t all bad. The top two (or three) are a little predictable and for all the Monty Python love that I have (I’d have filled half of that list with Python skits) I’m not entirely fond of the “Dead Parrot” bit. I’d have listed the Philosopher’s World Cup and the wartime joke…

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SimCity

I’ve been playing SimCity lately. The Super Nintendo version. On the Wii. I don’t know why I was compelled to pay eight bucks for this when the original PC game is now open-sourced and available for free. More to the point, I don’t know why I was compelled to pay for a game I already own. Granted, it’s boxed up, along with the Super Nintendo, somewhere in my parents’ house, but if I ever felt the desire to play it…

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Best Picture Nominees

Before the Christmas break I resolved to see all the Golden Globe nominees for “Best Dramatic Picture” so that, for once in my life, I can be fully qualified to judge. It doesn’t matter that the Golden Globes ceremony isn’t going to happen. It’s better that way. I like the awards but not the self-congratulatory bullshit and overwrought speeches. Those are not needed to celebrate what has been a good year in film. I notched the last of the nominees,…

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Hulk Promises Violence

I went to see Eastern Promises a few evenings ago (it was good but A History of Violence was better) and the walk to the theatre took me right by the set for The Incredible Hulk. The stretch of Yonge Street between Gerrard and Dundas, a busy area, was closed for evenings and nights for a few days while the film’s final showdown was being filmed in faux-Harlem. You would think that in this day and age of CGI a…

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TIFF: All Hat

I went to see All Hat at the Isabel Bader Theatre on Tuesday. All Hat is a self-described “neo western” involving the horse racing scene in southern Ontario (Fort Erie, to be specific.) It stars Luke Kirby (the big shot Hollywood actor in season one of Slings and Arrows) and Keith Carradine (Wild Bill in Dead Wood) and some other people. The Isabel Bader Theatre is part of the University of Toronto and it’s a decent, if small, place for…

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On Walking Out

Walking out of a movie is like a big capital F capital U to the film maker, especially if the director is in attendance. It says “I spent time and money to be here and I’m not even going to dignify this by sticking through to the end. I’ve seen enough.” Up until yesterday I’ve never walked out on a film. Not in the last two film festivals. Not ever. It’s not that I haven’t seen some real stinkers before…

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TIFF Day 3 and 4

Days three and four are a haze. The films are all blurring together into a giant katamari consisting of breakups and tears and suicides and subtitles and pointy nipples and Tony Leung’s testicles. After an early wakeup and multiple snooze alarms I cabbed my way to the Paramount Scotiabank Theatre at about a quarter to nine in the morning. A little after noon I wandered around on the quiet streets and went over to the Corned Beef House for lunch…

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