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Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma Reveals Its Line-Up

Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:25:00 +0000

Today, Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), which will take place between October 12 to 23. Here's the complete line-up of feature films according to the press release we received.Opening and closingThe 40th edition of the FNC kicks off on Wednesday, October 12, with Declaration of War by Valérie Donzelli (France) at Cinéma Impérial (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon). This critically-acclaimed second feature by Valérie Donzelli (The Queen of Hearts) tells the love story of Roméo and Juliette who are battling to save their sick child. The director and her producer Edouard Weil will be in attendance.Ten days later, on Saturday, October 22, Monsieur Lazhar (Quebec/Canada) by Philippe Falardeau will close the Festival. Selected to represent Canada at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lahzar shows the efforts of an Algerian schoolteacher to help his Grade 6 students come to terms with their teacher’s death. Between the opening and closing dates, the FNC will be in celebratory mode, highlighting the social relevance of featured works.International Selection: Louve d’Or presented by QuebecorThe International Selection is an opportunity for relative unknowns to make their mark. This year, there are 19 contenders for the Louve d’Or, which includes a $15,000 prize from Quebecor. The 19 films in competition are: Behold the Lamb, by John McIlduff (United Kingdom); Black Blood, by Miaoyan Zhang (China); Blue Bird, by Gust Van Den Berghe (France/Belgium); Elena, by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia); The Giants, by Bouli Lanners (France/Belgium/Luxemburg); The Island, by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria/Sweden); The Last Christeros, by Matias Meyer (Mexico/Netherlands); Nuit #1, by Anne Émond (Quebec/Canada); OK, Enough, Goodbye, by Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia (Lebanon/United Arab Emirates); Oslo, August 31st, by Joachim Trier (Norway); Play, by Ruban Östlund (Sweden/France/Denmark); Shame, by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom); Toll Booth, by Tolga Karacelik (Turkey); Tomboy, by Céline Sciamma (France); Twilight Portrait, by Angelina Nikonova (Russia); Volcano, by Runar Runarsson (Iceland/Denmark); Wasted Youth, by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Greece); White White World, by Oleg Novkovic (Serbia); and Without, by Mark Jackson (United States).Special PresentationTwenty-five films by established filmmakers will be screened in this year’s Special Presentation section, which features strong, committed works that reflect their creators’ bold vision: 30 tableaux, by Paule Baillargeon (Quebec/Canada); Les Amants, by Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval (France); An Organisation of Dreams – Part 2 – Dangerous People, by Ken McMullen (United Kingdom); L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close), and De la guerre, Bertrand Bonello (France); Stopped on Track, Andrea Dresen (Germany); Norwegian Wood, Tran Anh Hung (Japan); Early One Morning, Jean-Marc Moutout (France/Belgium); Décharge, Benoît Pilon (Quebec/Canada); Faust, Alexander Sokurov (Russia); Almayer’s Folly, Chantal Akerman (France/Belgium); U2-From the Sky Down, Davis Guggenheim (United States); Hanezu, Naomi Kawaze (Japan); Hard Core Logo II, Bruce McDonald (Canada); Outside Satan, Bruno Dumont (France); Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution – Masao Adachi, Philippe Grandieux (France); Louis Martin, journaliste, Louis Bélanger (Quebec/Canada); Melancholia, Lars Von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany); My Paris Movie, Jonas Mekas (United States); Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey); The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodóvar (Spain); Pina, Wim Wenders (Germany/France); Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley (Canada); The Turin Horse, Béla Tarr (Hungary); and A Separation, Asghar Farhadi (Iran).International PanoramaFestivalgoers can tour the world, exploring countless new realities through a wide array of works, including comedies, documentaries, road movies and dramas. The 27 films in this year’s International Panorama section are: Abderrahmane Sissako: Une fenêtre sur le monde, b[...]

Canada Will Remake Brit TV Series 'Primeval'

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 00:48:00 +0000

Space, a Canadian cable network dedicated to sci-fi and fantasy, ordered a new original TV series Primeval: New World. This show is the Canadian remake of the British TV series Primeval. Production on the show will begin this winter and the premiere date has yet to be announced.

The Canadian remake follows a specialized team of animal experts and scientists that investigates the appearance of temporal anomalies and battles both prehistoric and futuristic creatures. The series boasts new Canadian characters and stories created by an all-Canadian team of writers. The Canadian remake will be set in Vancouver against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest.

This is, by the way, the third British TV series Canada remakes. The two other TV series are Skins and Being Human.

Montreal's FNC Reveal Its Line-Up of Canadian Films

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 20:12:00 +0000

Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), which will be held from October 12 to 23, revealed to day its line-up of Canadian films. These films will be part of the Focus Québec/Canada category. The latter will be opened by the documentary Surviving Progress, by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, on October 13.

This documentary is based on the bestselling book A Short History of Progress, by Ronald Wright. It questions the bright side and the perils of progress through interviews with people such as David Suzuki, Margaret Atwood or even Stephen Hawking.

The film will also be accompanied by another documentary called Fortunate Son, which was directed by Montreal-based documentarist Tony Asimakopoulos. This documentary is an auto-biography about how a drug-addict almost destroyed his family.

As for feature films, the FNC will screen some films that were at the Toronto International Film Festival. Among them is Amy George, a teen drama by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas. There is also Ingrid Veninger's I am a good person, I am a bad person; Simon Lavoie et Mathieu Denis' social drama Laurentie; and Ivan Grbovic's Roméo Onze.

The FNC will also screen The Girl in the White Coat, a film directed by Darrell Wa loosely based on Nicolai Gogol's short story, and Yassaman Ameri's Marginal Road.

Finally, the FNC will unveil its complete line-up of films on September 27.

10 Most Anticipated Canadian Films of the Fall

Sat, 03 Sep 2011 17:14:00 +0000

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="" width="480">A Dangerous MethodAlthough I'm not a fan of biopic, I'm a little bit fascinated by how Sigmund Freud developed his own brand of psychology. Besides, any film directed by David Cronenberg, one of Canada's finest, is an event. Add to this the wonderful cast made of Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley. Date of release: December 23. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="" width="480">Monsieur LazharThis film won't be a box-office success in Quebec because it features a foreign actor (French comedian Fellag) and a character who's supposed to be an immigrant. Yes, many Quebeckers are that close-minded. However, once in  a while, it's a blessing to see that some Quebecker directors - in this case Philippe Falardeau - try to talk about immigration in films. Date of release: October 28. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="345" src="" width="420">Roméo OnzeWell, we've been hearing about this film during the summer and this might be the best film ever made by a Quebecker from ethnic minorities. If this is true, Ali Lammar could be the first non-professional actor nominated for a Jutra Award in years. By the way, since the films follow a person of Lebanese heritage, you can be sure that Roméo Onze was filmed not too far from where I live. Date of release: TBA. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="" width="480">Snow and AshesBefore he directed a turd like the dance flick Sur le rythme, Charles-Olivier Michaud toured many film festivals with Snow and Ashes. Release date: September 9. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="" width="480">Take this WaltzSarah Polley's second film as a director is definitely not to miss. With her first film, Away from Her, she sure showed way more potential than Xavier Dolan, because she knows how to write a script. Besides, this will be an occasion to see Seth Rogen play a more serious role and also his first Canadian film. Date of release: TBA. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="" width="480">Le bonheur des autresAlthough he's a comedian by trade, Michel Barrette always found a way to be taken seriously when he's handling a dramatic role. Besides, he's surrounded by a magnificent supporting cast: Marc-André Grondin, Julie LeBreton, Louise Portal and Germain Houde. You sure got a perfect cast! Date of release: October 7 allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="" width="480">Café de FloreAfter the commercial and critical success of C.R.A.Z.Y., will Jean-Marc Vallée be able to repeat the same success with Café de Flore? Let's hope he will. Date of release: September 23. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="" width="480">BreakawayThis isn't destined to be a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. However, once in a while, ethnic minorities have the right to laugh at themselves, don't they? Date of release: September 30. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="" width="480">LaurentieThis is most definitely a film I anticipate a lot, because it tackles one touchy subject: the obvious racism between virtually every ethnic groups in Montreal that is not seen through violent tensions, but rather their refusal to talk to each others. Date of release: TBA. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="" width="480">Afghan LukeYou thought Americans were too quick to talk about the Vietnam War with films such as The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now? Well, we Canadians are [...]

First Trailer of 'Roméo Onze'

Sat, 03 Sep 2011 01:30:00 +0000

Although Métropole Films Distribution, a Canadian film distributor, didn't officially release the trailer of Roméo Onze, Reprise Films, a production company, uploaded today a first trailer.

Nonetheless, we know that the story takes place in Montreal. We follow a young man (Ali Ammar) of Lebanese heritage who is in a wheel chair. Despite having a very protective father (Joseph Bou Nassar), the young man tries to follow his path.

The film also stars Sanda Bourenane, Éléonore Millier and May Hilal.

Finally, the date of the theatrical release has yet to be announced.

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Montréal's FNC Reveals Its Opening and Closing Films

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:55:00 +0000

Yesterday, Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) revealed that while the French film La guerre est déclarée will open the event, it will be up to the Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar to close the FNC.

The French film La guerre est déclarée will open on October 12 at the Imperial Movie Theatre. As for Monsieur Lazhar, it will be screened on October 23.

Directed by Valérie Donzelli, La guerre est déclarée is about a couple's struggle to save their child's life. Their child is diagnosed with cancer.

As for Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar, its story is centred on an illegal Algerian immigrant (played by French comedian Fellag) who arrives in Montreal. That illegal immigrant accepts to replace an elementary school teacher.

Stay stuned, because the FNC will unveil its complete line-up of films on September 27.

'Incendies' On DVD In France Sept. 21

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 19:12:00 +0000


Denis Villeneuve Incendies, which was Canada's official entry during the latest Oscar ceremony, will come out on DVD in France on September 21.

Despite a limited theatrical release in France last March, Incendies has attracted 281,000 viewers.

The film is about a mother's (Lubna Azabal) last wish which sends Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette), two twins living in Canada, on a journey to the Middle East. According to her will, Jeanne and Simon must each carry out her final wish, which is to bring an envelope to their father, who got stuck in Lebanon during the Civil War, and also a brother, they've never heard of.

The film is already available on DVD in Canada.

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Trailer of Dark Comedy 'Anything Goes'

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 17:14:00 +0000

Although no release date has been announced for the dark comedy Anything Goes, its trailer is hopefully already online.

Nothing ever goes quite as planned for Westley Little (Sean Kaufmann). Wes, a meek and mild insurance broker, sets out to impress his girlfriend, Jennifer (Vanessa Broze), with a surprise romantic evening. Unfortunately, he gets shut down and he is left feeling embarrassed and exposed. In an effort to win her affection, Wes plans a weekend getaway in cottage country for them and some friends. This time, however, not only do his plans go off track, he learns a devastating piece of information about his girlfriend that sends him over the edge. He decides to enlist the help of some old friends to make him look heroic and desirable. The weekend getaway doesn’t go as planned, full of a series of unfortunate, morbidly, and amusing events.

The film also stars Saffron Cassaday, Andrew Martin Priestman, Todd Thomas Dark, Scott Cavalheiro, Daniel Faraldo, Alithea Watters and Brian Mifsud.

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Our Idiot Brother (2011)

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:00:00 +0000

I wanted to consider Our Idiot Brother as this summer's best comedy. However, the film doesn't use its dramatic moments.

Ned (Paul Rudd) just got kicked out by his wife (Kathryn Hahn) after he got arrested for drug trafficking. Because he has nowhere to go, one of his three sisters, Liz (Emily Mortimer), welcomes Ned to her home. Obviously, Liz, who is a married mom of two children, would like her other two sisters, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), to take turns when it comes to offering a shelter to Ned.

Miranda is a journalist for Variety, a real-life magazine specialized on show business, and Natalie is a fledgling comedienne who still performs in cabarets. At first, the three sisters stand Ned. Despite his good intentions, when Ned starts to spill out some of his sisters' secrets, things go awry. For instance, he revealed to Miranda that her boyfriend often thinks poorly of her; he discovers that Liz's husband cheats on her and Natalie can swing both ways.

Although Our Idiot Brother is not original, it sure will give you the giggles, because it safely relies on clichés from society without falling into idiocy. For instance, as a married mom with two children, no wonder the character of Liz doesn't have the time to try to look "semi-fuckable" as her two sisters put it.

Unfortunately, when the climax comes, which means the time when Ned's family might explode, the film doesn't take the time it needs to explore that path. All in all, director Jesse Peretz could have tried to give a darker edge to this comedy. Nonetheless, despite its flaws, Our Idiot Brother is still an entertaining film.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Origin:USA (2011)
Length:90 minutes
Screenplay:David Schisgall and Evgenia Peretz
Director:Jesse Peretz
Starring:Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel

Meg Tilly Will Be the Star of 'Bomb Girls'

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 01:49:00 +0000

Global, a Canadian TV network, announced that Academy Award nominated actress Meg Tilly (Agnes of God, The Big Chill) will lead the cast of the upcoming Canadian TV series Bomb Girls.

The TV series will be in production in Toronto from September 12 to November 16. The premiere will be in January 2012.

Bomb Girls' story is set in Toronto in the 1940s, which means during the Second World War (1939-1945).

We follow a group of women who worked in a munition factory. Tilly plays, a supervisor at the munitions factory with two sons on the front; Jodi Balfour (The Sinking of the Laconia) as Gladys, a wealthy socialite who becomes a bomb girl despite her parents’ disapproval; Charlotte Hegele (Murdoch Mysteries) as Kate, a preacher’s daughter with a golden voice who’s running from her fundamentalist father; Ali Liebert (Hellcats) as Betty, a fast-talking girl from the Prairies responsible for training the bomb girls; Anastasia Philips (Skins) as Vera, whose life is forever changed by her work on the assembly line; Lisa Norton (72 Hours: True Crime) as Edith, a forlorn mother of two youngsters; and Antonio Cupo (L’Ombra del destino) as Marco, an Italian-born factory worker who is banned from the army because of his ethnic background.

Finally, the TV series will be made of six one-hour episodes.

TIFF 2011 Adds Another Canadian Film to its Line-Up

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:52:00 +0000

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held between September 8 and 18, announced that another Canadian film called Winnie will be added to the TIFF's 2011 line-up.

Winnie, which is a co-production between Canada and South Africa, is a biographic drama about Winnie Mandela (Jennifer Hudson), the wife of black South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard). This film, which is based on the biography written by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob, will follow Winnie Mandela during her childhood, her marriage with Nelson Mandela and her husband's life-sentence in the slammers.

The film Winnie will be included in the Gala category. It will accompany three other Canadian films that are very anticipated: David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Ken Scott's Starbuck and Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz.

With the addition of Winnie, Canada will be represented at the 2011 TIFF with twenty-five films.

Let's notice that last year, another Canadian-South African co-production was part of the TIFF's line-up, which is The Bang Bang Club.

A theatrical release has yet to be announced for Winnie. However, according to, a specialized website on films and TV series, Winnie will be released in Canada in December.

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Canadians Everywhere!
  • Winnie also stars Canadian thespians Elias Koteas (Defendor) and Wendy Crewson (Air Force One).
  • Besides being shot in South Africa, some parts of Winnie were also filmed in Montreal, Quebec.

Trailer of French Ontarian Film 'La sacrée'

Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:35:00 +0000

The first film in French from Ontario, La sacrée, was supposed to come out this summer. However, Fun Films Distribution, released the film's new poster and first official trailer.

The film talks about a crook (Marc Marans) who wants to marry a rich business woman. This man has to regain his fertility. However, in order to get it back, this crook has to go back in his hometown in Ontario. Once there, the man launches a brewery. Will he manage to boost his village's economy?

This first film in French from Ontario also stars singer Damien Robitaille, Louison Danis, Marie Turgeon, Roch Castonguay, Luc Thériault and Geneviève Bilodeau.

This film was made with a budget of $1.2 million. We still don't know if the film will come out in Quebec as well as in Ontario.

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Canadian 'Being Human' Season 1 On DVD Nov. 15

Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:55:00 +0000


The premiere date of the Canadian version of the British TV series Being Human has yet to be announced by Space and SyFy, respectively a Canadian and an American cable network dedicated to science-fiction. Nonetheless, the first season of the Canadian version will be available on DVD in November 15.

The TV series follows three persons who try to look like human beings, something that they're definitely not. Aidan (Sam Witwer), Sally (Megan Rath) and Josh (Sam Huntington) are respectively a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf who appear to be in their twenties.

Together, they rent a house in Boston. They also try to blend in their neighbourhood and the society without raising suspicions.

The first season will also be available on Blu-Ray.

As for the second season, it is currently in production in Montreal, Quebec. Moreover, Australian actress Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse) will join the show's regular cast. She'll play Izumi, a reclusive, centuries-old vampire who turns the world upside down when she returns to Boston's vampire millieu.

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André Forcier's 'Coteau rouge' In Theatres On Sept. 9

Mon, 15 Aug 2011 21:04:00 +0000

André Forcier's Coteau Rouge will open the upcoming Festival des films du monde de Montréal on August 18. Moreover, The Cultural Post learned that the film will hit Quebec's theatres on September 9.
The film takes place on the South Shore of Montreal, which means in the suburbs.

Éric Milijours (Roy Dupuis), a wealthy real estate agent, wants to build a new condo in the neighbourhood of Coteau Rouge. However, many inhabitants of the neighbourhood are against that project.

While Céline Bonnier plays Éric's wife, the film also stars Bianca Gervais, Gaston Lepage, Pascale Montpetit, France Castel, Charlotte Laurier, Julie du Page, Donald Pilon, Sandrine Bisson, Éric Bruneau, Luc Senay, Sylvain Massé and Maxime Desjardins-Tremblay.

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TV Series 'Transporter' Begins Production

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:28:00 +0000

The Movie Network, a Canadian premium cable network, announced yesterday that production has begun on its new original series Transporter. Obviously, this TV series is based on the film franchise The Transporter starring Jason Statham.

The TV series will be extremely different from the film franchises.

Statham won't be in the leading role as Frank Martin, a freelance transporter who signs on for hit jobs from fishy clients. The leading man for this series, which is in production in Toronto, is Chris Vance (Prison Break).

As for the stories, Frank will still have his golden rules: never change the deal, no names and never open the package. Speaking about changes, Frank will have a handler, Carla (Andrea Osvart). She's a former CIA operative. She organizes his mission. Carla also acts as Frank's eyes and ears on the outside.

In the first episode of the TV series, Frank will break one rule: he opened the package he was supposed to transport. This is because his hunch told him the package is a person. In fact, the surprise package is Delia (Rachel Skarsten), a woman from Frank's past.


Producers of the TV series upheld that it will have a link with the film franchise in the form of actor François Berléand (The Transporter), who played Inspector Tarconi. Once charged with investigating his friend Frank, who had his house attacked by mysterious criminals, Tarconi still ignores Frank's real activities even when he's being questioned by Juliette (Delphine Chanéac), a young reporter working on a story about the underground world of transporters.

In Canada, the TV series will be aired on The Movie Network and also abroad in 2012. We'll also be able to see it on M6, a French TV network, RTL, a German TV network, and Cinemax, an American premium cable network.

Sur le rythme (2011)

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:51:00 +0000

Director Charles-Olivier Michaud can say whatever he wants. The fact remains that like most Quebecker movie makers, Michaud is trying to make commercial films that are as fun as American films.

Although his film isn't revolutionary, it will please to its audience.
The very thin story follows Delphine Lamarre (Mylène St-Sauveur), a girl of twenty years old. She wants to be a professional dancer, but Delphine's parents (Marina Orsini and Paul Doucet) wants her to study medecine at the university. With the support of her grand-mother (France Castel), Delphine gives up her studies behind her parents' back.

In fact, a famous American choreographer drops by Montreal in search for dancers who are fit to be a part of a world tour. This is why Delphine wants to train hard. Besides, her partner is Marc Painchaud (Nico Archambault), an arrogant dancer who once was her best friend's boyfriend.

This film has been touted as the first dance flick made in Quebec. In terms of technique, Charles-Olivier Michaud sure has an eye to film and cut well-choreographed dance scenes, which are separated by a so short period of time. Add to that a soundtrack that really stay in your head for quite a while.

However, besides entertaining you, Sur le rythme has no purpose. Despite the abundance of useless scenes of conflicts between the characters, Sur le rythme is just a tedious film with a two-cents moral for teenagers: if you believe in your dreams, make them happen. No wonder the leading character played by Mylène St-Sauveur overcomes every possible obstacles.

All in all, talk about an original film about hope!

Rating: 2.5/5

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Origin:Canada (2011)
Length:100 minutes
Genre:Dance drama
Screenplay:Caroline Héroux
Director:Charles-Olivier Michaud
Starring:Mylène St-Sauveur, Nico Archambault,

Line-Up of Canadian Films at TIFF 2011

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:30:00 +0000

Yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival, which will take place between September 8 and 18, unveiled the list of Canadian films that will be screened. Galas A Dangerous Method Director: David Cronenberg Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Sarah Gadon Starbuck Director: Ken Scott Cast: Patrick Huard, Antoine Bertrand and Patrick Labbé Take This Waltz Director: Sarah Polley Cast: Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams and Sarah Silverman Canada First Marécages Director: Guy Édoin Cast: Pascale Bussières, Luc Picard, Gabriel Maillé and François Papineau Amy George Directors: Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas Cast: Gabriel del Castillo Mullally, Claudia Dey, Don Kerr and Natasha Allan Nuit #1 Director: Anne Émond Cast: Catherine de Léan and Dimitri Storoge The Odds Directors: Simon Davidson Cast: Tyler Johnston, Calum Worthy and Julia Maxwell The Patron Saints Directors: Melanie Shatzky and Brian M. Cassidy Roméo Onze Director: Ivan Grbovic Cast: Ali Ammar, Joseph Bou Nassar, Eleonore Millier, May Hilal and Ziad Ghanem Masters Hard Core Logo 2 Director: Bruce McDonald Cast: Bruce McDonald, Care Failure and Julian Richlings Special Presentations Afghan Luke Director: Mike Clattenberg Cast: Nick Stahl, Nicolas Wright, Stephen Lobo, Vik Sahay and Steve Cochrane Breakaway Director: Robert Lieberman Cast: Vinay Virmani, Russell Peters, Anupam Kher, Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi, Sakina Jaffrey, Noureen Dewulf, Rob Lowe and Camilla Belle Café de Flore Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Cast: Kevin Parent, Vanessa Paradis, Evelyne Brochu, Hélène Florent and Evelyne de la Chenelière Edwin Boyd Director: Nathan Morlando Cast: Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, Kelly Reilly, Joseph Cross, Brendan Fletcher, Charlotte Sullivan and Brian Cox Goon Director: Michael Dowse Cast: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Marc-Andre Grondin, Eugene Levy and Liev Schreiber Keyhole Director: Guy Maddin Cast: Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Louis Negin and Brooke Palsson Monsieur Lazhar Director: Philippe Falardeau Cast: Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Émilien Neron, Danielle Proulx and Brigitte Poupart The Moth Diaries Director: Mary Harron Cast: Lily Cole, Sarah Gadon, Sarah Bolger, Judy Parfitt and Scott Speedman Vanguard Doppelgänger Paul Director: Dylan Akio Smith and Kris Elgstrand Cast: Tygh Runyan, Brad Dryborough, Ben Cotton and Matty Finochio i am a good person/i am a bad person Director: Ingrid Veninger Cast: Hallie Switzer, Ingrid Veninger, Jacob Switzer, Mathieu Chesneau, Suzana Mikytova and Simon Reynolds Contemporary World Cinema Billy Bishop Goes to War Director: Barbara Willis-Sweete Cast: Eric Peterson and John Gray I'm Yours Director: Leonard Farlinger Cast: Rossif Sutherland, Karine Vanasse, Don McKellar and Nicolas Campbell Sisters and Brothers Director: Carl Bessai Cast: Cory Monteith, Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Gabrielle Miller and Kacey Rohl [...]

Nominees at the 26th Gemini Awards

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:21:00 +0000

Yesterday, the Canadian Academy released its list of nominees for the 26th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards. Best Animated Program or Series * Glenn Martin DDS * Hot Wheels - Battle Force Five * Jimmy Two Shoes * Kids vs. Kat * March of the Dinosaurs Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series * Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock * Degrassi: The Next Generation * How to be Indie * That's So Weird * Vacation with Derek Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program Series * Artzooka! * In Real Life * Spelling Night in Canada: Canspell 2011 * Survive This * TVOKids - Mark's Moments Best Comedy Program or Series * This Hour Has 22 Minutes * Call Me Fitz * Good Dog * Halifax Comedy Fest 2010 * Living in Your Car * Rick Mercer Report Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie * Fakers * The Kennedys * My Babysitter's a Vampire. * The Pillars of the Earth * Sleepyhead Best Dramatic Series * The Borgias * Endgame * Flashpoint * Skins * The Tudors Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media * Highrise/Out My Window * * This Land * Welcome to Pinepoint * The Test Tube with David Suzuki * My Tribe is My Life Best Pre-School Program or Series * Dino Dan * Kids' Canada - Wowie Woah Woah * The Mighty Jungle * Stella and Sam * TVOKids - Gisèle's Big Backyard Best Reality Program or Series * All for Nothing? * Best. Trip. Ever. * CheF*OFF * Conviction Kitchen * Dragons' Den. Best Main Title Design * Waterfront Cities of the World * Endgame * 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards * Funny As Hell 2010 * The 18th Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards * Blackstone Best Make-Up * Being Human * Stargate Universe * The Pillars of the Earth * The Kennedys Best Costume Design * The Pillars of the Earth * The Listener * The Kennedys * Living in Your Car * The Borgias * So You Think You Can Dance Canada Best Direction in a Children or Youth Series or Program * Phil Earnshaw for Degrassi: The Next Generation. * William Gordon for Pirates, Adventures in Art. * J.J. Johnson for Dino Dan. * Mitchell Ness for Wingin' It * Pat Williams for Degrassi: The Next Generation. Best Direction in a Comedy Series * Dana Andersen and Bruce Pirrie for CAUTION: May Contain Nuts. * James Dunnison for Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. * James Genn for Call Me Fitz. * Scott Smith for Call Me Fitz. * Craig David Wallace for Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Serie * A Heartland Christma * The Kennedys * Fakers * Sleepyhead Best Direction in a Dramatic Series * Paolo Barzman for Being Human. * Charles Binamé for Durham County. * David Frazee for Flashpoint. * Jeremy Podeswa for The Borgias * Kari Skogland for Shattered. * Clément Virgo for The Listener. Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series * Rob Boutilier and Josh Mepham for Kid vs. Kat. * Sebastian Brodin and Steve Sack for League of Super Evil * Ken Cunningham for Glenn Martin DDS. * Johnny Darrell, Mike Dowding and Andrew Duncan for Hot Wheels - Battle Force Five. * Phillip Stam for Rob the Robot. * Matthew Thompson for March of the Dinosaurs. Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Program, Mini-Series or TV Movie * The Kennedys * The Nativity * The Pillars of the Earth Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series * Flashpoint * Sanctuary * The Borgias * The Tudors * Heartland. Best Original Music Score for an Animated Program or Series [...]

Fantasia 2011: The Devil's Double (2011)

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 10:00:00 +0000

Lee Tamahori's The Devil's Double is one of the most disturbing films. However, Tamahori shows with intelligence the daily horrors of Saddam Hussein's regime.

The film is based on the life of Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), a military officer. He's forced to become the "fiday", a body double, for Uday Hussein (also played by Cooper), the eldest son of president Saddam Hussein (Phillip Quast). To prevent the assassination of Uday, Latif must learn to walk and talk like Uday. Moreover, he must forget his family. During the invasion of Kuwait in 1991, Latif must pass off as Uday to boost the Iraqi troops' morale.

As time goes by, Latif sees that Uday is a devil. The son of president Hussein has an appetite for sex, easy women, school girls, drugs and violence. Latif finds solace in the arms of Sarrab (Ludivine Sagnier), Uday's mistress. However, Latif eventually plans to flee Iraq.

Given that Latif Yahia was Uday Hussein's body double for some years, Tamahori did a nice job condensing the story within at least two hours. One can certainly forgive Tamahori for making The Devil's Double as a thriller. This is because the performance by Dominic Cooper astonishes us. He has no difficulty switching between psychopathy (as Uday) and composure (as Latif). Moreover, by using suggestion, Lee Tamahori also shows us the horrors of Saddam Hussein's regime such as the torture of athletes Iraqi athletes who underperformed in the views of the regime.

Obviously, the film takes a few liberties, but it still a smart entertainment. Besides, given that the film takes place in the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, one must not see The Devil's Double as a pro-American statement.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Origin:Belgium (2011)
Length:108 minutes
Screenplay:Michael Thomas and Latif Yahia
Director:Lee Tamahori
Starring:Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier and Raad Rawi

Comedy 'Breakaway' In Canadian Theatres on Sept. 30

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 00:09:00 +0000

What happens Bollywood meets the biggest icon of Canadian culture, that is hockey? Find it out on September 30 when the comedy Breakaway hits Canadian theatres.

As seen in the trailer, the film takes place in a suburb of Toronto in a Punjabi family. Rajveer Singh (Vinay Virmani) dreams to be a hockey star and he plays in an amateur team made of Canadians of Punjabi heritage. Rajveer even tries to convince a white man (Rob Lowe) to coach his team.

However, things are complicated for Rajveer. His father (Anupam Kher) doesn't want his son to play hockey. Moreover, Rajveer is in love with his coach's sister, Melissa (Camilla Belle). Unfortunately, Melissa isn't necessarily attracted by hockey players.

The film also stars Canadian comedian Russell Peters, Noureen DeWulf, Akshay Kumar, Guggi, Sakina Jaffrey, Al Mukadam, Pamela Sinha, Ludacris and Lee Rumohr.

We'll see if this film gets better reviews than Score: A Hockey Musical, another Canadian comedy centred on hockey that came out last year.

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Friday's Top 5: Films Unworthy of An Oscar for Best Film

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:28:00 +0000

No order of preference. I'm talking about films who didn't deserve to be nominated or be awarded the Oscar for Best Motion Picture. #5: Crash Paul Haggis's Crash certainly deserved a nomination for the Oscar of Best Motion Picture. Unfortunately, the Oscar for Best Motion Picture should have been awarded to Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain in 2006. In fact, Lee's film gives a more humane face to homosexuality by having a lead character (played by Heath Ledger) who can reconcile his manhood with his homosexuality. Although Brokeback Mountain is important for its depiction of gay in films, it's not just a "gay" film. It's a story about trying to break free when society tells you its expectations. #4: Gladiator This film neither deserved to a nomination and a coronation at in the category of Best Motion Picture at the Oscar. It's historically inaccurate given that Commodus, the Roman emperor played by Joaquin Phoenix, liked to fight in the arena. This goes without saying that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon deserved the Oscar for Best Motion Picture in 2001. Unlike Gladiator, CTHD actually renewed a genre (martial arts films) that, at that time, finally showed it could be taken seriously for what its storyline is worth. #3: The King's Speech Despite being touching, The King's Speech actually takes viewers for idiots. Therefore, it didn't deserve to win the Oscar for Best Motion Picture. The film suggests that George VI (Colin Firth), a British king known for stuttering, met Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), his speech therapist, in 1934 rather than in 1926. Given that George VI read the UK's declaration of war to Germany on radio in 1939, does the film try to make us believe that he was the Jack Bauer of his time? #2: Gangs of New York Basically this film is about two rival criminal gangs, the Irish immigrants and the "native" white Americans who have been there since many generations. Unfortunately, Gangs of New York should have been a TV series. Although being historically very accurate, the film superficially deals with so many aspects of life in New York back in the 19th century: the corruption in New York's city hall, the conscription crisis in New York prior to the Civil War, the ineffectiveness of the NYPD at that time and so on. Unfortunately, the film often goes away from its main plot line and therefore should have been made into a HBOesque miniseries. #1: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King I'm sure this film won the Oscar for Best Motion picture just because the American Academy wanted to say how much it appreciated the trilogy instead of this specific film. Besides, The Return of the King is the most badly paced film of the trilogy. As for the whole trilogy, although it's entertaining, it's just a simple story between a fight between good and evil. [...]

Tous les soleils (2011)

Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:00:00 +0000

Philippe Claudel's Tous les soleils has a good concept of comedy: the colash of two generations embodied by a single father and his teenager daughter. Unfortunately, the film loses some momentum as we get into its story's second half.

Alessandro (Stefano Accorsi), an Italian immigrant, teaches baroque music at the University of Strasbourg in France. His 15-year-old daughter, Irina (Lisa Cipriani), and his irresponsible brother, Luigi (Neri Marcorè), live with him. However, Alessandro often has teh feeling he lives with two teenagers instead of one.

Irina is going through her teenager crisis and has a new boyfriend. As for Luigi, he's always wanted to be accepted as a political refugee in France ever since Sylvio Berlusconi came to power in Italy. Moreover, because he spends so much time looking over his daughter's shoulder, Alessandro has forgotten to look for love. This is because his wife died when Irina was 2 years old.

This time, Philippe Claudel leaves aside drama for comedy. Although Claudel is certainly considered as one of the biggest French novelist by some critics, it really doesn't hurt to say that Tous les soleils is a light comedy about a clash of generations.

The performance from Stefano Accorsi and Lisa Cipriani never feels over-acted. Moreover, the film is like a nice soap opera with a nice production value and right-to-the-point dialogues. Unfortunately, Tous les soleils sometimes look very long starting from the film's second half.

All in all, Tous les soleils is just a good summer comedy.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Origin:France (2011)
Length:105 minutes
Screenplay:Philippe Claudel
Director:Philippe Claudel
Starring:Stefano Accorsi, Neri Marcorè, Clotilde Courau and Lisa Cipriani

A Better Life (2011)

Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:00:00 +0000

Whether you're in favour of illegal immigration in the USA or not, Chris Weitz's A Better Life is definitely an eye-opener.

Set in East Los Angeles, we follow Carlos Galindo (Demián Bichir), a Mexican illegal immigrant. He works seven days a week as a gardener/tree trimmer for a Hispanic entrepreneur (Joaquín Cosio) who has the U.S. citizenship. Carlos also has a son, Luis (José Julián). Before he retires, the entrepreneur tells Carlos he wants to sell his truck and his equipments. To buy the truck and, by extension, the American dream, Carlos borrows money from his sister, Anita (Dolores Heredia), who has her citizenship.

With his new truck, Carlos finally gets to go to a pick-up site and handpick an illegal immigrant who will get to work for him. Carlos also believes that he'll finally be able to give to his son what he never had and keep him away from Hispanic criminal gangs. Unfortunately, things go awry when Carlos's employee steals his truck. Even though he grew apart from his dad, Luis decides to help his dad find the truck.

Although Chris Weitz is himself of Hispanic heritage, A Better Life will surprise you, because the film is not complacent with neither illegal immigrants nor the American government. With the mature pen of scriptwriter Eric Eason, Chris Weitz understands that most illegal immigrants are too preoccupied on trying to find work that they don't think about getting their papers that will guarantee them the right to legally stay in the USA.

What's even more beautiful with A Better Life is that Weitz doesn't seem to take a stance on illegal immigration. Are most illegal immigrants' refusal to get the U.S. citizenship the source of the problem or is it the lack of preparation from the American government? We can care less about that, because for once, we get a film that finally tells a story.

Unfortunately, the acting is a little bit unequal, because I had the feeling that José Julián, who plays Luis, didn't reach me in some dramatic scenes.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Origin:USA (2011)
Length:98 minutes
Screenplay:Eric Eason
Director:Chris Weitz
Starring:Demian Bichir and José Julian

Friday's Top 5: Coolest Gadgets of James Bond

Sat, 23 Jul 2011 02:02:00 +0000

No order of preference, really. Moreover, cars are not included. #5: The Ericsson mobile phone in Tomorrow Never Dies. A stun gun of 20,000 Volt that can shock unauthorized users, a fingerprint scanner, a lock pick and a "flip-open" remote control to control a bad-ass car. The perfect weapon for a spy! #4: The ultrasonic agitator in Die Another Day. Don't lie! You'd like to break anti-bullet glasses!  #3: The bagpipes in The World Is Not Enough. Who cares if you know how to play a bagpipe! Just use it for its integrated machine gun and flame thrower. Unfortunately, this is the only gadget on the list that never made it out of Q's laboratory in James Bond's films.  #2: The Omega wristwatch in Die Another Day. Unlike the watch you saw in the opening scene of GoldenEye, the one in Die Another Day had an explosive detonator besides a laser beam cutter. All in all, talk about an upgrade! #1: The scuba in Die Another Day. Ever wanted to go underwater? You can't afford to buy an oxygen tank for diving? Well, buy this scuba that has the size of a pen. However, in order for it to get the job done, you have to keep your mouth shut as hard as you can! [...]

Decoding the Ancients (2011)

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:36:00 +0000

History Television, a Canadian cable network, will air tomorrow at 10 PM a six-part investigation on the History of Christianity. While it's ambitious, this investigation unfortunately left me on the fence.From the Middle East to Europe, Canadian documentarist Simcha Jacobovici talks about "new" archeological discoveries that will challenge long held beliefs about Christianity's History in the documentary Decoding the Ancients (also known as Secrets of Christianity).For instance, in 4 BC, a man known as Simon of Peraea was crucified by the Roman army outside of Jerusalem. Simon, a self-proclaimed "King of Jewish", told his followers that three days following his death, he will "rise" again.Was Jesus influenced by this Jewish belief that waiting for the ressurection of a chosen messiah is part of salvation, wonders Jacobovici?Did we also know that Jesus once travelled on a fishing boat from Israel to "the land of Gadarenes" (quote from the Gospels)? Where is this land? For Jacobovici, it's not today's Umm Qais (Jordan), but rather Cadiz (Spain).In other episodes, Jacobovici also tries to prove that Roman emperor Constantine, "known" for converting to Christianity, incorporated elements of Roman paganism into Christianity. Moreover, we also get to see how Christians in the Roman army secretly practised their religion before it was legalized in the Roman Empire.A part of me really liked the documentary for I personally learnt new things: the existence of Simon of Peraea, the messiah before Jesus; the fact that Jesus may have been an anti-Roman rebel; or the fact that today's Christianity kept a few things of what Emperor Constantine probably made of it. For example, did you know that Jesus officially happens to share the same birthday, December 25, with Mithra, a Persian pagan god?Moreover, while Renaissance painter Raphael depicted Constantine's "vision" of the Christ during the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 against Gen. Maxentius, the Arch of Constantine, on the other hand, doesn't.The average Joe who likes History might dig this documentary, but an expert on religious History might be left on the fence. Simcha Jacobovici's investigation sometimes brings nothing new to the table. Indeed, two years ago, the National Geographic Channel aired a documentary on Simon of Peraea called The First Jesus?.Another irksome detail is Simcha Jacobovici's belief that he's come across the truth in most episodes. He believes that some of his discoveries finally offers new clear-cut facts on the History of Christianity even though they're incomplete. Nonetheless, let's look at the bright side of things: Decoding the Ancients offers new theories that will keep us scratching our heads for years.The truth might be somewhere between Jacobivici's interpretation of Christianity's History and that of some interviewed experts who don't necessarily concur with him.Rating: 3.5/5The first episode of Decoding the Ancients will debut tomorrow, July 22, at 10 PM EST on History Television, a Canadian cable network. Here's what you should expect from each episode.[...]