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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Simpsons Movie Confirmed!
From ICv2 News:
During the Simpsons panel at San Diego's Comic Con International, executive producer and longtime Simpsons contributor Al Jean announced the news that many fans have been waiting for: "There will be a movie," putting enough "English" on the word "will" to leave no doubt among the faithful that they will be able to see the yellow-hued denizens of Springfield on the big screen. Jean did not provide a release date, saying only that the show's producers were taking the time to get it right.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 7/27/2004 Comments (0)
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Monday, July 26, 2004

The Filmed Philosophy of Woody Allen
Metaphilm is running a lengthy excerpt from the forthcoming book Woody Allen and Philipsophy by Mark T. Conrad.
Other than sex and art, the one thing that the characters in Woody Allen's movies talk about most is the meaning of life, in one form or another. So, throughout Allen's body of films and writing, is there a consistent position on the meaning and value of life that's expressed by his characters? Despite all the jokes and gags in his work, the focus on romantic love, the desire and struggle of his characters for self-expression through art, I think the answer is yes, there is a position on the issue, and it's that life is inherently and utterly meaningless.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 7/26/2004 Comments (0)
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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Thunderbirds Creator Irritated Over New Film
Looks like Gerry Anderson is not too happy with the Thunderbirds movie, and from what I've heard about it, I can't blame him. From an article in the Independent:
It began with umbrage over the bread rolls. In the early stages of the movie's pre-production, a dinner meeting was arranged between Anderson and Tim Bevan, co-founder and co-chairman of Working Title. According to Anderson, when he sat down at the table, Bevan announced that he had another commitment and left his guest to talk with two colleagues. "I should have walked out there and then," Anderson reflects. "But I didn't want to be rude. And then, about three days later, I got a very short letter from Tim telling me that they had enough creative people on board and that they couldn't offer me anything. And I thought, right, that's the biggest insult I've ever had in my life. I didn't read the script. I just cut myself off from the whole thing."
More interesting though, is the details the article gives of the CGI version of Captain Scarlet Anderson is working on:
Perhaps Anderson should be grateful that Working Title's acquisition of Thunderbirds pushed him back into the arms of the Captain. Of all the shows on his CV, it seems most attuned to our times. Whereas Thunderbirds expresses the cheery utopianism of the Marshall Plan and the League of Nations, Scarlet's adventures take place on more uncertain territory. His world is one in which the Mysterons - an intangible, unknowable force - are using a network of terrorist cells to wreak havoc on Earth. The parallels are not lost on Anderson's production team. One office door at the studio bears a sign declaring: "Captain Scarlet - the War on Terror has Begun!"
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 7/14/2004 Comments (0)
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Recommended Viewing, and a rant
If you live in Canada, you may want to get your VCR ready as Showcase is showing some great independent movies next week as part of their Indie Revolution: A Film Festival For The '90s. Starting July 19th they'll be airing Priest, Bad Lieutenant, Kids, Happiness, Shallow Grave, sex, lies & videotape, and Permanent Midnight on consecutive nights. Also worth checking out is Cube on July 17th and Atom Egoyan's Felicia's Journey on July 30th. The full schedule is here.

Unfortunately, most of these will likely be pan-and-scan versions of the films, but there's always a chance they'll show some of them in widescreen. If you're like me and want to see movies the way the director intended them, I urge you to write Showcase (and any other network, for that matter) and tell them to show films in their intended aspect ratio whenever possible. Or, at the very least, indicate on their website which films will be shown in widescreen.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 7/13/2004 Comments (0)
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Monday, July 12, 2004

Shakespeare, Kurosawa-style
I just published a review of Akira Kurosawa's great adaptation of Macbeth Throne of Blood in Mindjack.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 7/12/2004 Comments (0)
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Sunday, July 11, 2004

15 Canadian Films
I missed this when it was first announced but Playback Magazine's list of the Top 15 Canadian Films Of the Past 15 Years (1986-2001) makes for a decent introduction to modern Canadian cinema. Though I guess Crash wasn't Canadian enough for them.

01. The Sweet Hereafter (1997) Atom Egoyan ON
02. Hard Core Logo (1996) Bruce McDonald ON
03. Last Night (1998) Don McKellar ON
04. The Red Violin (1998) Francois Girard ON/QC/Italy
05. Exotica (1994) Atom Egoyan ON
06. Jesus of Montreal (1989) Denys Arcand QC
07. New Waterford Girl (1999) Allan Moyle ON/NS
08. Cube (1997) Vincenzo Natali ON
09. Maelstrom (2000) Denis Villeneuve QC
10. waydowntown (2000) Gary Burns AB
11. The Hanging Garden (1997) Thom Fitzgerald NS/UK
12. Leolo (1992) Jean-Claude Lauzon QC/France
12. Le Confessional (1995) Robert Lepage QC/UK/France
14. Margaret's Museum (1995) Mort Ransen NS/QC/UK
15. Highway 61 (1991) Bruce McDonald ON

I found this at Alex Fung's Page, which has more lists than you could possibly want.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 7/11/2004 Comments (0)
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Saturday, July 10, 2004

Berardinelli's Halftime Report
Online film critic James Beradinelli has just published his list of the top ten films of the first half of 2004.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 7/10/2004 Comments (0)
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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Insanely Cheap DVDs
If you don't own Waking Life on DVD, there's no excuse now -- has it for $3.99. They also have the complete Max Fleischer Superman Cartoons for the same price.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 7/07/2004 Comments (1)
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Sunday, July 04, 2004

Moore Blog
In his latest email newsletter, Michael Moore said he's going to start blogging. Watch this space to see what develops.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 7/04/2004 Comments (3)
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