January 4, 2010
Look closely you gearheads. I couldn’t believe this when I saw this photo in an article discussing the technological marvels of James Cameron’s Avatar.
Next time you think you deserve better gear, remember this : James Cameron uses a muthaflippin Behringer mixer. For the most advanced 3D movie of all time. Something is terribly, terribly wrong.
November 16, 2009
Read an interview that “ist” site Austinist did with John Krasinski on his directorial debut and DFW classic book cum film, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.
When is this bloody movie coming to Toronto? I hope it does. 44% on Rotten Tomatoes isn’t making me feel so good, but how can it be?
November 6, 2009
Has the best voice. Of a certain Lebowski cowboy barmate saying “Dude” quality. Attn: Starlight video screens on weekend nights. Am I right or am I right? It’s too familiar.
October 20, 2009
C and I went to nearly empty Monday night showing of Michael Moore’s new movie, Capitalism : A Love Story. Going to see a Michael Moore movie seems almost as automatic to Liberals as buying Radiohead records – good or bad, you still buy them. Part of the code. I don’t always love the man, but always appreciate his message.
Some say this is his best movie. I don’t know movies. I learned a few things and went through the standard cycle of angry laughcry emotions when watching a Moore film. So here are some nuggets in point form for easy digestion:
- About 10 Goldman Sachs employees have had direct influence on the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve (resulting in their multi billion dollar profits while other banks are failing)
- Dead Peasant’s Insurance (how companies can take life insurance policies on non-key employees and be the sole beneficiary from their death, at times leaving their families with hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital/funeral bills)
- How Senator Dodd in the US is completely corrupt, accepting impossible deals through Countrywide mortgage company
- That now, the richest 1% have more than the lowest 95% COMBINED in our “capitalist” system.
More or less, Moore tries to prove the (North) American dream is futile – we have been duped to believe that if we work hard we will be rewarded as much as the upper class. Evidence shows that this dream is exactly that – not reality in the slightest. The classic perpetual cycle of not being able to break out of whatever socio-economic status you originated from. The classic pyramid scheme – there’s only room for a small few at the top and people trying to move up need to be kept down. CEO wages going up 600%, worker wages going up 1%. Billion dollar bonuses in the time of deep recession. Labour productivity increasing, jobs being cut in the effort for positive angles on a chart. How the word “enough” is the dirtiest word in capitalism – it must be “more”.
So we want solutions right? Moore proposes we need to exclusively replace common practice with more democratic principles in business – empower your workers through voting in business decisions and actually share in profits. Something barely resembling conventional profit sharing in today’s workplace. He shows his examples – the archetypal co-op, the progressive bottom-up organizational style, empowered labour classes. Success of this solution depends on one of two options – taxing the rich more, or forcing businesses to eliminate corporate greed and share more of their insane profits with their employees. I think most of us would prefer the 2nd option, and it would work. A perfect example of corporate greed can even be seen in the airline industry – airline pilots have been so squeezed that they are now making less than people that bake bread in a Cleveland co-op. Some pilots are making just 20-30K a year and airline execs are getting away with it because they know most pilots have a true passion for aviation and want to stay in the job.
I’m almost done I swear. So, what do we know? Humans are inherently greedy, and people need things to live. Curtains, shoes, computers, coffee. So if we let free enterprise reign, can we all agree a central body (ie. something resembling government) needs to strictly enforce rules that help counteract our inherent greed as a species? It’s intellectual, feels unnatural, goes against our very human nature. It will feel weird and that’s why it hasn’t happened, so we turn to working towards a false and delusional dream that has been promised to us. The role of this body would be to encourage responsible business, discourage greed and exploitation by enforcing strict rules and ensure have-not employees get their fair share and have a democratic voice in their workplace. Wow… I just realized that sounds a lot like unions. And we don’t even do unions that well. We may need to buy a new drawing board, hope they’re cheap.
September 18, 2009
One of the last evenings of the festival, C and I are going to see Road. Cara may or may not have thought the movie was The Road, and we got tickets for Road instead. Hindi, not McCarthy.
So it’s this:
Oh well, it’s still supposed to be excellent. Happy Vendredis. See you Samedi soir. Yar!
September 8, 2009
Do you know David Foster Wallace yet ? I sort of think he was brilliant. Neurotically madly brilliant. The brain that’s louder than an Evinrude. Like his brain waves would clip. Everybody’s favourite All American John Krasinski directed this as well. Now he’s almost officially great, this movie just has to be good. Won’t be hard, he’s kind of got the best material since material materialized. Word jokes !
August 7, 2009
NEW YORK – Ridley Scott is going back to the futurism. The “Blade Runner” director is joining forces with Leonardo DiCaprio to take on one of the most highly regarded dystopian works of literature, Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”
No lies – pretty excited for this, but mainly because who’s behind it.
May 13, 2009
Sorry I know a lot of YaChube. But who doesn’t want to see Tom Hanks on the BBC do the rap from my favourite kid movie and your favourite kid movie. Cough BIG!
Triscuits? No no. Euhhh… biscuits. I would prefer biscuits too Tom. Or should I say Hank Toms. Want to come over for some whiskey and you can share some more Hollywood Seeeeeeeeecrets? <==== p.s. watch that link.
April 23, 2009
Didn’t even know this existed until today. What a perfect person to showcase, this looks like a classic biodoc. Zero to hero to zero, our favourite story. And who better than a crazy boxer with an unmistakable speech impediment.
March 25, 2009
Not as good side: The trailer had the funniest parts and did not leave any element of surprise for the movie. Exactly as funny as I thought, and it was funny. Just thought that other Paul Ruddy films had more zing.
Good side Best Side: Tevin. There couldn’t have been a better name for this guy. Whoever decided on this name deserves their own stimulus package. Stimulus jokes 4EVR! You just know Tevin is one of those dudes. You just see the nametag first and you already know what he looks like. I was the only one in the theatre laughing at the nametag and I Mikecackled.
March 25, 2009
Where the Wild Things Are trailer is officially here. Poster was awesome too. Movie comes out October 16th.
Spike Jonze, Arcade Fire /Karen O/Deerhunter soundtrack, and the remembrance that your imagination was amazing as a child, and is complete shyte now. That’s why I talk to myself and space out all the time, it’s really just a desperate grasp for my previously awesome imagination.
March 18, 2009
Yes this is the most hyped movie of the year, but childhood favourite and Spike Jonze??! You’re asking for giddyness.
March 6, 2009
I will promote anything Ed Helms / Andy Bernard. Trailer for “The Hangover”. Looks lame except the very last part, good chuckles had. Phil Collins til I die!
March 4, 2009
Ready for your cry for the day? It got selected for the SxSW movie festival, and addresses the real things. There’s me being obvious – the fragility of life, its meaning, and what people do. Do do. Thank you small amount of people that do compassion and thank you movie people for doing things that get more people to see meaning.
Sorry dear, wrinkles don’t sell Doritos. But tell me that story some other time. So grateful I have an inspirational person as a grandmother. Gommmmmme – the matriarch of the dominating Campbells.
Official movie site here.
February 4, 2009
Definitely an interest of mine. This movie is playing next week at Concordia, think I will go.
Event listing, via spacingmontreal:
THE GARDEN – A Monumental Battle for the Right to Grow Food
The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.
But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.
The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers:
Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council? Why has it never been made public?
Get your priorities crooked.