Tag Archives: Canada

The Passion is in the “Pig”

14 Jul

By Ed Sum 
(The Vintage Tempest)

Playing at select theatres in Canada beginning July 16, 2021

Edmonton, Metro Cinema
Vancouver, Rio Theatre
Waterloo, Princess Twin
Hamilton, Playhouse Cinema
Ottawa,  Mayfair Theatre
Saskatoon, Roxy Theatre
Regina, Rainbow Golden Mile
Montréal, Cinema Du Parc

I can’t help but think of the song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” by Pink Floyd after watching the film Pig. The passing similarities in what the narrative arc means between the concept album and the movie are almost similar.

Nicolas Cage played many types of characters over the years and not all of them are as multi-faceted as Robin, a once famous chef in the Portland food scene, but now some hermit. There’s no easy way to categorize him but as a B-Movie God (credit to No Film School for giving him this title). His latest work has a bit of connective tissue with past works he’s starred in, namely Mandy and Colour Out of Space. The only difference is that we don’t see him go John Wick on the person who kidnaps his beloved swine and nor do we witness his sanity going down the pits. Plus, the small bits of unintentional humour is a sweet touch.

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TVO & The Toronto Star to Livestream New Year’s Eve Celebrations!

31 Dec

FREE TO VIEW!

On New Year’s Eve, Thursday December 31st, 2020, at 10:30 pm ET, From Ontario With Love: A Celebration of Hope will showcase a powerful, heartfelt 90 minute special event on TVO and the TVO YouTube Channel, as well as Facebook livestream at  thestar.com. Featuring incredible performances, storytelling, and fireworks, with our cast and crew from Ontario. Witness some of Ontario’s greatest emerging stars and legendary talent including: Avril LavigneThe Halluci Nation (Formerly known as A Tribe called Red)AllyDiceBarenaked Ladies, Broadways Chilina Kennedy, CZNDivine Brown, Jully Black, Measha BrueggergosmanLOONYAward winning DJ duo Loud LuxuryNOTIFI, Roy Woods, Ryhan Douglas, Sean Jones, SteeleThe Tenors, Wali Shah and America’s Got Talent Finalist Roberta Battaglia with the Award winning Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

The celebration will also feature powerful Front Line Workers across Ontario. The evening will be hosted by Kim’s Convenience star Andrew Phung and Canadian television and radio personality Arisa Cox with award winning DJ duo Loud Luxury, live from Windsor’s Capitol Theatre, which will be celebrating its 100th birthday on New Years Eve.

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Get Animated 2020 with TheNFB! and Beyond…

28 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The National Film Board of Canada has been very busy lately. Not only did they have works featured at the Vancouver Film Festival but also they’re following up with Animez-vous (Get Animated 2020)!

Today is International Animation Day, and this company is releasing their 12 best pieces online! Some old favourites–The Cannonball Woman, The Physics of Sorrow and Blind Vaysha–are in this collection, and afterwards, they will have one work, Old Dog, shown during Spark Animation Festival.

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The NFB Defines The Physics of Sorrow

19 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Georgi Gospodinov’s “The Physics of Sorrow” is animated by Theodore Ushev (best known for Blind Yaysha), and this director/artist’s approach is hauntingly beautiful. It made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 5-15, 2019) and is produced by the National Film Board of Canada. I suspect this animated short will have a few more cinematic screenings before becoming available online. I recommend the big screen version because of the artistry put into the work.

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Victoria’s Phenomacon or Vancouver’s Geektopia – Oh, the Choices, the choices!

5 Jul

Image result for canada flagThe Canadian side of the Pacific Northwest is going to be busy with two brand-new one-day shows on July 6th.

Phenomacon and Geektopia look great for what the organizers plan on to attract locals to attend than from all over the province, country or otherwise. It’s more about friends getting together to have fun and perhaps making new ones. Cosplay will be big for both because its the mainstay for many a show, and prizes are to be awarded.

When considering Anime Expo is also this weekend, even those who aren’t able to travel far to partake in some geekery can find something nearby instead and make it home the same day!

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