the-inbetween posts categorized as Film and TV

TIFF Day 2

The thing that I both hate and love about the film festival is how it reinforces how little I have seen and how little I know about films. Sure, I know of Dario Argento and Hsiao-hsien Hou, but I’ve never seen their films. The film festival often provides that first impression. Exposure to some director’s latest film makes me want to seek out more from their back catalog or, in some cases, makes me want to avoid it altogether. Glory…

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TIFF Day One: Jar City

Day one was supposed to be the easiest and least irritating day — only one movie — but it proved highly annoying. I decided to get two or three extra tickets for myself and I could try to get a pair for a friend that requested some but had no luck getting any. No luck on the latter as both of that movie’s screenings were “off sale” but the movies I wanted were still available so I got in line.…

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The Schedule

I received my final tickets for the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday and I was fortunate enough to get all 35 of my first picks! Individual tickets went on sale today and I’m considering buying an extra two but for now it’s enough. I am annoyed that the previously sold out The Assassination of Jesse James is now on sale again and the only way I could get a ticket to that is if I were to give up a…

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TIFF Countdown

It’s that time of the year again. Only a week until the Toronto Film Festival starts up again and the excitement has just crossed the threshold from not palpable to palpable. This is my third year, so I’m still an amateur festival goer, but I’ve been ramping up my attendance nicely. From fourteen movies last year I’m going up to a potential thirty five. This is also the first year that I’m getting them in advance with a festival program…

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Bomberman Live, Metal Gear?, Ebert

Here’s my review of Bomberman Live on XBox Live Arcade: It’s Bomberman. Online. With eight player support. Review over. The only problems that I have with it is some nagging issues with the interface and net code. The actual in-game lag isn’t too bad. You’ll see some occasional jumping, especially from people with multiple “speed up” power-ups, but other than that it runs fine. The problem is that sometimes, because of lost packets or something, the game completely glitches out.…

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New Release Tuesday

Today was a rather interesting new release day, with three films of note hitting DVD. Three very visual films with good soundtracks, but varying degrees of quality with regards to the other aspects of film making. The Fountain. A disappointing film, though not all bad if you approach it the right way. I wrote about it last year during the film festival and my opinion hasn’t changed much. I still don’t have a massive boner over it and a second…

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Spoilers as sexual dysfunction

As I’ve been growing increasingly fond of The Wire, I’ve been reading more about it from a cultural and creative point of view. This is perilous as a lot of the material out there talks about season four, which I’m just getting to after ending season three with a non-stop four episode awesomefest. I make note of the things I come across and save them for future reading. For when I’m done with season four. One of these things of…

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Pan’s Labyrinth

Go see Pan’s Labyrinth*. Seriously. Though one thing bugs me about it. The title “El Laberinto del Fauno” translated to “Pan’s Labyrinth” which would mean that “Fauno” would be “Pan” — but in the actual subtitles, they never once say “Pan” and instead call the creature “Faun.” This bugged me more than it should have. Pan’s Labyrinth was one of about four movies that I wanted to see at TIFF but couldn’t on account of it selling out before individual…

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List of (most) Films Watched in 2006

Back in February I started compiling a list of movies watched using a pbwiki. I kept good track of everything until mid-July, which was about the time when I bought an XBox 360. No coincidence there. However, using various other posts across the internet (including on flickr — I honestly don’t know why I started doing this), I can try to fill in the blanks. In no specific order, with my favourites and stand-outs in bold, the list is:

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Favourites of ’06

It’s that time of the year again. List season! I, too, have to partake and call out my favourite things from the past year from, in some cases, a rather small sample. But we make due with what we have. Favourite Games of the Year This was really the year of the XBox 360 (and DS). Sure, the Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii launched to much fanfare in 2006, but one console’s rediculous price and the other’s popularity (SOLD…

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Pacing

It seems as though the “older” I get, the more drawn I am to deliberately paced movies. I say “deliberately paced” beacause it’s a lot more appropriate and a lot more positive than the often used, and negative, “slow” label. Movies by the likes of Terrence Malick and Nuri Bilge Ceylan are some of my favourites, and I’m currently trying to catch up with the filmographies of Tarkovsky and Antonioni, amongst others. In the commentary for Antonioni’s “The Passenger”, Jack…

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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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