Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yes, Game of Thrones will be on IMAX in Halifax

But you’ll have to go to Bayers Lake for it.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 11:57 AM


Public obsession with HBO’s Game of Thrones has swept across North America like a Dothraki horde. Anyone daring to speak out against our television king faces a gruesome beheading—or at least disapproving talk show audiences.

So it’s not surprising to hear Cineplex confirm that Game of Thrones: The IMAX Experience will be screening at their Bayers Lake theatre.

Attendees will be able to watch episodes nine and ten from Game of Thrones fourth season (the ones where the Wildlings attack the Wall and Bran meets those tree elves, respectively), as well as the worldwide debut of a “sneak-peek preview” of season five.

The screenings will begin tomorrow, January 29 at 10pm and extend for one week, through February 5.

Game of Thrones is a fantasy television program on HBO featuring betrayal, nobility, dragons, incest, ambition, and Lena Headey. Everyone on that show can get it.

This IMAX release digitally re-mastered the image and sound quality of the previously-broadcast episodes for maximum dragon-burning excitement.

Halifax is one of eight Canadian cities participating in the screenings. You can purchase tickets at participating theatre box offices, and the Cineplex mobile app.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Glatze, Franco, Sundance and Halifax

I Am Michael is about gay activist-turned-ex-gay preacher.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 3:17 PM

James Franco (as Michael Glatze) and Zachary Quinto (Benjie Nycum) play gay (or not) Halifax editors in I Am Michael.
  • James Franco (as Michael Glatze) and Zachary Quinto (Benjie Nycum) play gay (or not) Halifax editors in I Am Michael.

Vanity Fair's Monday report from the Sundance Film Festival has an unlikely Halifax connection. One of the movies VF's Richard Lawson had to undure is I Am Michael, wherein James Franco and Zachary Quinto play a pair of Halifax magazine editors. The Halifax part isn't what makes them Franco-worthy, it's that after launching the publication Young Gay America—and themselves as outspoken gay rights activists—Glatze became born again straight after a health scare and is now a Christian pastor.

At the end of 2002, The Coast celebrated Glatze and Nycum, who back then was always known as Mike, for being awesome Haligonians. The story describes getting Nycum on the phone to talk about his favourite memory from the year:

Nycum calls over to Glatze for inspiration and comes back to the line a minute later. "I know! Of course! When we were doing our documentary this past summer, the very first place we went to was Salt Lake City, Utah, you know very conservative, very Mormon. We had no idea what kind of response to expect. And then we walked into a room of young, gay Mormon kids. There were 70 of them, all there to share their stories." Nycum pauses. "It was wild. Totally outrageous."
Besides the documentary, the pair was working on a book aiming to "change the myth that all young, gay kids are depressed and suicidal," and an art show that was destined for galleries in Croatia and Philadelphia after its Halifax run. YGA the magazine would come three years later, followed shortly by Glatze giving up the gay to become one of those American ex-gay, anti-gay right-wing Christians who are so fascinating for the hairpin turn their lives have taken.

The New York Times wrote about him, and now there's the movie. Reviewer Lawson sees it as more into shaming Glatze than understanding him, and Lawson understands that instinct. But ultimately he thinks the film suffered for it:

Sure enough, as with many of Franco’s myriad creative endeavors, Justin Kelly’s film, about gay magazine editor/advocate turned ex-gay preacher Michael Glatze, is half-baked, a shallow character study that’s really more of a sketch. Franco affects a kind of goofy, flat, aw-shucks accent to play the role, a small, early indication that the movie is secretly interested in shaming, even mocking Glatze instead of understanding him. I get that impulse—much of what Glatze has said and done since his supposed conversion appalls and infuriates me—but that obvious, almost sneering bias makes for an unsatisfying, unenlightening movie.
As for wider release after Sundance, there's no word yet on when or if the film will come out.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Coast guide to the 2015 Oscar nominees

A tale told through film reviews

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Boyhood? Boyhood.
  • Boyhood? Boyhood.

Don't have any bon mots about the 2015 Oscar nominees to impress your buddies with? Here's some! Please note: Not all films were reviewed, because we are not made of film reviewers, guys. And you know nothing in the "documentary short subject" category even came here.

Animated Feature Film:
Big Hero 6
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
"HTTYD2 is as fun a ride as it is a heartfelt story about family responsibility, friendship, loyalty and, like, following your dragon bliss, man. Top notch sequel action." —Lindsay Raining Bird

Documentary Feature:
"As someone who has zero problem with more video cameras in the streets, eyerolls at the IT guy about multiple backups and laughs at the idea that someone would ever consider this a smart identity to steal—hope you know something about debt consolidation, dinks—a movie like Citizenfour appears, at its outset, to be nerd paranoia with a budget. It’s actually the scariest horror movie in recent memory, revealing that everything The X-Files told you about the US government is true, that you don’t know a thing, and any resistors will be forced to live in hiding in rural goddamn Russia." —Tara Thorne
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days In Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth

Documentary Short Subject:
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

Film Editing:
American Sniper
"You've never seen anything like it before, and you never will again. An astonishing achievement in a career packed with them."—TT
The Grand Budapest Hotel
"If Miranda July or Sofia Coppola directed this movie it would be dismissed as twee piffle. Instead there’s a line down Quinpool Road every night."—TT
The Imitation Game
"This is not a music movie—the numbers are dense and joyless—it’s a sports movie, and a very assured one for a guy clearly reaching for the stars himself."—TT

Original Song:
"Everything Is Awesome," The LEGO Movie
"There's a third-act fourth-wall break that is so smart and perfect it feels like a dream, but it's not—this is a lovingly, thoughtfully crafted film. A delightful surprise."—TT
"Grateful," Beyond the Lights
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me
"Lost Stars", Begin Again
"If you’re a sensitive artist type struggling with the idea of personal branding this would be a good thing to check out. Trigger warning: Adam Levine."—TT
“Glory,” Selma

Production Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
"It’s mostly dudes doing math (“historically accurate!” —commenters) but Keira Knightley does what she can with Joan Clarke, Turing’s intellectual equal and near-beard. Directed by Norway’s Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game somehow makes manually breaking code thrilling—even when it’s just a lot of British guys yelling and holding doors shut"—TT
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Animated Short Film:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Live Action Short Film:
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call

Sound Editing:
American Sniper
"Even the movie doesn’t seem to know what it wants Thomas to do—a new Birdman, Broadway forever?—and an asshole critic’s speech about how he can’t just walk from set to stage and expect to be respected is harsh but also completely fair. Lots to unpack, lots to enjoy."—TT
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

Sound Mixing:
American Sniper

Visual Effects:
Captain America: Winter Soldier
"Chris Evans—seriously, where are the movie stars?—is Cap, who's been tasked to take down some terrorists with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), which sets off a chain of events so convoluted and so requiring of backstory knowledge that a non-believer just waits for this interminable 2h18m kaboom to fade out. (Something about killing 20 million people to save seven billion?)"—TT
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
"Decimated in the first two minutes by the Simian Flu, everyone’s dead except CDC agent Keri Russell (the only human female speaking part in the film...needless to say the virus hit us hard, ladies), Fringe’s Kirk Acevedo (the asshole who smacks a baby chimp and almost single-handedly starts the fated war), unapologetic bigot Gary Oldman and “why can’t we all just get along” Malcolm (Jason Clarke)."—LRB

Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past "But 1973 is a waterbed-stabbing good time, featuring a wonderful stop-motion sequence starring Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Wolverine’s naked butt for no reason, some cool leather jackets and Magneto throwing a stadium around."—TT

Best Actor:
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
"The ol’ “let’s put on a nose and an accent and do some Acting” thing worked for Nicole Kidman in The Hours, but Steve Carell achieves mixed results in Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller’s very tense, oddly inert retelling of rich weirdo John DuPont’s obsession with Olympic wrestling."—TT
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
"Yet here we are now in full support of Redmayne’s performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, which follows his life from an able-bodied student to the famous scientist we know now, and the woman (Felicity Jones) who loved him through all of it until he divorced her for his nurse. (Literally every man is a disappointment, eventually.)"—TT
Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress:
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
"In an era seriously lacking in serious movie stars, it’s great to see young actors like Jones and Redmayne get to go for broke in a movie that mostly deserves them."—TT
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
"It's open-mouthed entertainment with a capital E. Team Amy forever."—TT
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Emmanuel Lubezki, Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Costume Design:
Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood, Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive, Maleficent
"This is just the main problem with Maleficent, a computer-y, dragging eye-roller of a fairytale that contains a fucking incendiary performance from Angelina Jolie, all cheekbones and flashing eyes and intimidation, sucking up all the green screen around her as lesser actors try to keep up."—TT
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Foreign Language Film:
Wild Tales

Makeup and Hairstyling:
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, Foxcatcher
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White, Guardians of the Galaxy

Original Score:
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Theory of Everything
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Adapted Screenplay:
Jason Hall, American Sniper
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

Original Screenplay:
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, & Nicolas Giacobone, Birdman
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

Best Picture:
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Monday, January 12, 2015

One-stop Golden Globes shop

Unseasonably warm temps in Halifax to rival LA weather? No, not really.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 10:36 AM

Where were you guys?
  • Where were you guys?

A balmy four degrees has everyone outside of the Tim Horton's saying "how do you like this weather?" I do like it, thank you! A lot!

Meanwhile everyone at the Golden Globes sweated a lot (from boredom?). Prince was there, but of course he was cool.

Our Tara Thorne tweeted the heck out of it, have a boo. More highlights/winners here. #freeamal

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Dartmouth, come on down

Price is Right Live comes to the Sportsplex.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Remember to spay and neuter your pets.
  • Remember to spay and neuter your pets.

Who’s the next contestant on The Price is Right? It is you, I, all of us.

Daytime gameshow/cultural touchstone The Price is Right is bringing its live show to the Dartmouth Sportsplex on March 27. The “hit interactive stage show” recreates the experience of CBS’ 43-year-old price-guessing cavalcade. Contestants will get to play classic games from the show, like Plinko or Cliffhangers, and even compete in some Showcase Showdowns.

“Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car!”

Drew Carey not included.

Tickets go on sale January 23 at 9am through Ticketpro, but note that purchasing a ticket will not increase your chances of being selected to play. For that you’ll need to visit a “registration area” near the box office three hours prior to the show. Contestants will then be selected by random draw.

The potential value of prizes per show is $25,000 (and that’s US money, baby). So now might be a good time to memorize some prices and brush up on your strategy.

Playing to audiences for nearly nine years, The Price Is Right Live! has apparently given away more than $10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets.


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Friday, January 2, 2015

Seven films to make 2015 worthwhile

As chosen by teenage boys and Adria Young

Posted By on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

Last year I realized I have the same interests as most teenage boys. Looking at the films I need to see in 2015 (including a Dennis Rodman doc and the new Star Wars, not listed), I might actually be a teenage boy. But I don’t care and you can’t make me. And rest in peace Paul Walker (Furious 7 opens April 10). 

Montage of Heck (Dir. Brett Morgen), Premiere: January 24

Premiering at Sundance and airing on HBO, Montage is the first official family-produced doc about Kurt Cobain’s life and death, with a narrative pulled from thousands of hours of unseen Nirvana footage and Cobain’s personal and early artistic archive that illuminates the darkness of a lost, troubled soul. 

Turbo Kid (Dirs. Whissell, Simard, Whissell), Premiere: January 26

Montreal writing/directing team Roadkill Superstars (Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell) premiere Turbo Kid at Sundance, hopefully landing this Canada-New Zealand joint in theatres soon. Blood reds and hot colours ignite this post-Apocalyptic, ‘80s-inspired BMX-romance that jumps off from their 2012 short (“T is for Turbo”), with executive production by Dartmouth’s Jason Eisener. 

Mad Max: Fury Road (Dir. George Miller), Release: May 15

The fourth Mad Max movie since Miller’s 1979 Aussie original and the first without drunk-idiot Mel Gibson comes as a visually stunning, if not completely arresting, desert of lost hope and lawlessness. 

Terminator: Genisys (Dir. Alan Taylor), Release: July 1

It’s not Terminator without Arnie! My childhood favourite is back, as promised. Original director James Cameron was consulted on Alan Taylor’s reset (with two more coming), which takes place in 2029 and features time-traveling T-800s all over the place. Is anything scarier than a naked T-800? Fuck no.

Straight Outta Compton (Dir. F. Gary Gray), Release: August 14

Iconic west coast rap group N.W.A. finally gets its biopic with heavy input from Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. The casting is amazing, the content is real and even if you’re not a fan, you should see this. If there was ever a time to explore the meaning of “fuck da police,” it’s now. Check out this leaked preview trailer. 

The Hateful Eight (Dir. Quentin Tarantino), Release: November 13

Tarantino is the most characteristic filmmaker in the history of cinema with his comic finishes on pure human evil. Set in post-Civil War Wyoming, The Hateful Eight almost didn’t make it to 70mm after a script leak last year, but I bet you a Royale with cheese that this Basterd-esque Western will be killer.

It Follows (Dir. David Robert Mitchell), Release: TBA

Much like Carpenter’s minimalist suburbs, and with a synth score by Disasterpiece, It Follows was my favourite horror film of 2014, using sexual disease and technology as structural metaphors in a decrepit Detroit with excellent lead Maika Monroe. Perfect builds of suspense and creepy, disturbing imagery.

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