Category: Reviews

CHECK MATE – Man Vs. – film review

CHECK MATE – Man Vs. – film review

MAN VS. director: Adam Murray    Back in 1971 at the Crystal Palace Bowl Garden Party, Pink Floyd slipped dry ice in the lake to kick off their very loud set, killing all the fish. There’s a scene in “Man Vs.” where a loud explosion is followed by ex-fish floating on the surface of a lake. Sadly, this is no trippy […]

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BOARDING SCHOOL – The Games Maker – film review

BOARDING SCHOOL – The Games Maker – film review

THE GAMES MAKER director: Juan Pablo Buscarini Warning: this is a silly, tangent-loving, art deco carnival family film that Disney used to crank out before Walt became a popsicle. Meaning kids with a short attention span will dig it, and stuffy adults should revert to their carefree days and just go with it. There’s a helluva lotta colourful crap crammed into […]

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Ummagma – “Frequency”

Ummagma – “Frequency”

The Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma have been releasing some really amazing  music over the last few years. We’ve covered them a few different times for multiple different releases. The duo of Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov create dreamy music which draws influence from dreampop and shoegaze. On November 13, Ummagma released their latest EP, Frequency on Raphalite Records. Frequency is easy […]

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Show Revue: Lindi Ortega at NAC Fourth Stage

Show Revue: Lindi Ortega at NAC Fourth Stage

Canadian-born and Nashville-based country singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega played to an almost sold-out crowd at the NAC Fourth Stage. The evening began with Toronto artist Sam Cash. The roots-rocker, whose style resembles that of Elvis Costello and Joel Plaskett and two artists he admires, played songs from his debut album, 2011’s Teenage Hunger  and his most recent album, 2013’s Stand Together, Fall Together. For those […]

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FOOD FIGHT! – Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon – film review

FOOD FIGHT! – Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon – film review

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF NATIONAL LAMPOON     director: Douglas Tirola    premieres October 17th    The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street, Ottawa    Animal House, the Vacation movies, Saturday Night Live … all the glory resides on screens big and small, yet the germ of subversive, frat boy comedy under the National Lampoon banner belongs in […]

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REDRUM REDRUM – Goodnight Mommy – film review

REDRUM REDRUM – Goodnight Mommy – film review

GOODNIGHT MOMMY    directors: Severin Fiala, Veronica Franz    screens October 14th    The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street   Close your eyes. No really, close ’em. “Goodnight Mommy”, or the better translated title “I See I See” is one scary cinematic ride. Hop on board if you wish, but the warning stands. In the grand tradition of successful horror, this […]

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MOLLY ON THE BEACH: Fort Tilden – film review

MOLLY ON THE BEACH: Fort Tilden – film review

FORT TILDEN    directors: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers  opens October 10th    The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street    “When you come to a fork in the road, take it”, Yogi Bera.    What seems like an inoccuos day trip to the beach for a couple of truly unlikeable, priveleged millenials, turns into a distraction-filled anti-adventure slog. Why this makes for fascinating cinema is […]

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CH-CH-CHANGES: This Changes Everything – a film review

CH-CH-CHANGES: This Changes Everything – a film review

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING    director: Avi Lewis    special screening October 4th, with the filmmakers in attendance    regular run starts october 9th    The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street    “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate” is the full title of Noami Klein’s tome, and frankly, the documentary needs that crucial extension, else it becomes a bit of a guessing […]

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THE BAR SCENE – The Stanford Prison Experiment – film review

THE BAR SCENE – The Stanford Prison Experiment – film review

THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT    director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez    opens October 2nd, Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St.,   School as prison? What a novel concept. A Psyche 101 classic, The Stanford Prison Experiment is fictionalized (barely) for the big screen. Two dozen students were split into prisoner and guard factions, and on a $15 daily carrot (a significant chunk ‘o’ […]

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exploding pumpkins! – HELLIONS – a film review

exploding pumpkins! – HELLIONS – a film review

HELLIONS    director: Bruce McDonald    opens September 25th    Big screen. BIG SCREEN. I cannot emphasize this enough, this must be seen on the big screen. Or at least duck tape yer eyeWatch directly to pupil. Fairly flacid early reviews means basement critics cannot get past their little screens to see the full blown mastery of Bruce McDonald’s “Hellions”. […]

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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: welcome to Leith – a film review

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: welcome to Leith – a film review

WELCOME TO LEITH   directors: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker   opens September 26th,   Mayfair Theatre   1074 Bank Street       Forget cat leash and garage door colour bylaws; there are neighbourhood issues and then are neighbourhood issues. This is the rather engrossing story of a little North Dakotan intersection called Leith (population 24), which is […]

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The Sword decapitate predictability

The Sword decapitate predictability

Here’s the simplest (if not best) way to explain why Texas-based metal titans The Sword are thoroughly awesome: As evidenced by the appearance of guitarist/vocalist John D. Cronise in the AV Club’s sorely missed Random Rules column, they get funk. Up comes Kool & The Gang’s ‘Get Down on It’ and Cronise says, “I listen to a lot of different […]

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A scene from Jon Watts' COP CAR, playing at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 23 - May 7 2015.

BACON STASH: COP CAR movie review

COP CAR director: Jon Watts The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street starts September 11th In the fine tradition of a truly Grimm fairy tale, “Cop Car” tells the tall story of what can happen when little tykes cross that magical line of make believe. What pre-teen hasn’t dreamt of finding an abandoned cop car? With keys? With a radio? With a siren? […]

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LAST MAN STANDING: Z FOR ZACHARIAH movie review

LAST MAN STANDING: Z FOR ZACHARIAH movie review

Z FOR ZACHARIAH directed by Craig Zobel september 4 – 10th The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street Act locally, think globally; especially post apocalypse. Margot Robbie is the last supermodel, er God-fearing farmer on earth, wiling the lonely days away in what is probably the last unscorched valley, until the men invasion. One by one, two dudes stumble to town […]

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THERE GOES BILLY

THERE GOES BILLY

WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkins starts September 4th, ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street Look, Billy Connolly’s in it, and he’s always great, so go see the damn thing. More? Damn. Ok, but you asked for it. If there’s room for one more heart-tugging, sappy, tear-jerking, feel-good movie before summer officially runs out, […]

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BROMANCE MOUNTAIN

BROMANCE MOUNTAIN

MOUNTAIN MEN directed by Cameron Labine opens Sept. 4th Don’t eat the pot cookies man. That’s the lesson here. Of course “here” is Revelstoke, land of mountains, trees, snow and endangering wildlife. The Canadian dream can turn on a fancy-shipped dime in a hurry, especially when life-long brothers (same mother, it’s true) Cooper and Toph have themselves an outdoorsy adventure. A snow […]

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IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER

IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=r835keCmzHM I AM CHRIS FARLEY director: Brent Hodge Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Banks Street starts August 21st Turns out belly-bursting, motivational speaker Matt Foley lives, and is a mild-mannered, rather svelte, pastor. Huh. Just one of a few insights brought to light in this Chris Farley doc. Family members and fellow comedians shed some glowing light on what a giddy Dave […]

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Pearl and The Beard – “Beast”

Pearl and The Beard – “Beast”

New York three-piece Pearl and The Beard have been releasing some really amazing music since their first record God Bless Your Weary Soul, Amanda Richardson in 2009.  Their 2011 record Killing The Darlings was full of folk pop goodness and infectious toe tapping tunes as well as gorgeous instrumentation from the trio of guitarist Jeremy Styles, multi-instrumentalist Emily Hope Price, and percussionist […]

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COURTNEY’S CONFUSION

COURTNEY’S CONFUSION

  SOAKED IN BLEACH director: Benjamin Statler premieres july 24, the Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street As conspiracy theories go, the Courtney killed Kurt one is a doozie, and as this totally biased, one-sided take on the happenings reveals: there are a lot of questions left unanswered. Filmed as a strange docudrama, “Soaked In Bleach” intercuts actual interviews with dramatic re-enactments […]

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Heather Woods Broderick – ‘Glider’

Heather Woods Broderick – ‘Glider’

Heather Woods Broderick has been on our “Most Anticipated Records Of The Year” list for the last two years. Finally, on Friday, Broderick released the long awaited, Glider, the follow-up to Her 2009 record, From The Ground. In the six years between the two records, Broderick has created a name for herself as one of the finest touring musicians, collaborating […]

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