Category: Reviews

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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GOIN OUT WEST

GOIN OUT WEST

SLOW WEST writer/director – John Maclean continues July 10th, The Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank Street) Not so much slow as methodical, this little gem breathes new life into the western coma corpse. “Slow West” starts as a typical odd couple adventure quest: pitting a fresh faced teen looking for his crush, with a grizzled gunslinger on the same track but for different […]

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BIG BOOM

BIG BOOM

  BIG GAME writer/director – Jalmari Helander opens July 10th, The Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank Street) Though not a sequel, this definitely has snakes on a plane, and Samuel Leroy Jackson on board. Win-win right? Right. “Rare Exports” creator Jalmari Helander swings for Hollywood fences in his sophomore film, and swats a dinger (see baseball dictionary for rudimentary translation). You […]

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FRINGE FESTIVAL – PART 4

FRINGE FESTIVAL – PART 4

MARS – Jayson McDonald Space travel without horrific alien attack? Absurd. Then again, relationship battles masquerading as sci-fi adventures tend to work, and here we have two beauties. We ping-pong back and forth between a (maybe) doomed astronaut couple on their way to colonize Mars, and a father/daughter on a road trip. With a riveting story, brimming with smart technical detail and hilarious […]

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FRINGE FESTIVAL – PART 3

FRINGE FESTIVAL – PART 3

THE ORCHID AND THE CROW – Daniel Tobias The rock, and the roll. Daniel Tobias storms the smoke filled stage with his Fender ax and a series of whoops. When an excited crowd member whoops back he dedicates the show to her, and rips into song. A very good song. A very long song, with a surprisingly easy to follow […]

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FRINGE FESTIVAL – PART2

FRINGE FESTIVAL – PART2

THE OTTAWA FRINGE FESTIVAL – june 17 – 28 http://ottawafringe.com THE INVENTOR OF ALL THINGS – Jem Rolls Strange but true, the bizarre story of crazy genius [“mad” just doesn’t seem enough] Leo Szilard would make a terrific film documentary, but then we would miss out on the pleasure of one Mr. Jem Rolls. Who else could possibly deliver a solid hour of […]

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FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEWS – PART 1

FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEWS – PART 1

THE OTTAWA FRINGE FESTIVAL – june 17 – 28 ottawafringe.com   BURSTING INTO FLAMES – Martin Dockery Fringe fave and monologue master Martin Dockery is a man demanding your utmost attention. Like a manic Kramer (Seinfeld), he punctuates his machine gun verbal attack with gangly gestures, facial contortions and lots of hair pulling. Not that his great stories need visual […]

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September 18, 2004:  An early morning flight under a thin overcast layer revealed this quilt-like vista southwest of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Fall is an amazing time in farm country. For most of the year, fields tend to be the same color when viewed from above: white in winter, brown in spring, green during the summer. But the fall harvest brings out an amazing variety of color across the landscape. I suspect that the overhead cloud layer and low angle of the morning sun may have contributed a quality of light that accentuated the color differences more than usual.

Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones

It’s hard not to be captivated by Heartless Bastards from the first time you hear them. The Ohio based four piece are a perfect combination of a powerful voice and no nonsense rock and roll.  Today, they release Restless Ones, their fifth album, on Partisan records.  The current lineup, featuring founding member, vocalist Erika Wennerstrom, along with drummer Dave Colvin, […]

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Algiers – “Algiers”

Algiers – “Algiers”

The first notes on the Algiers self-titled debut album (released June 2 on Matador Records) are instantly gripping: ominous yet reverent, its languid cadence and bluesy gospel harmonies give voice to the oppressive weight of southern heat and humidity. The first track, “Remains,” greets your ears not as a gentle breeze but with the turbulence of an impending storm. You […]

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Shilpa Ray – “Last Year’s Savage”

Shilpa Ray – “Last Year’s Savage”

Brooklyn songwriter Shilpa Ray released her latest record, Last Year’s Savage yesterday, her most recent in her decade long career.  Ray gained recognition for her powerful voice and unique, thought provoking lyrics as the leader of her band, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers.  Ray’s music draws from the raw grit of punk rock, as well as being soulful and […]

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Eskimeaux – O.K.

Eskimeaux – O.K.

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Gabrielle Smith goes by the name Eskimeaux.  The name comes from her heritage as part Tlingit, and her desire to represent the complexity of her music by using a –eaux to make a simple “O”.  On Tuesday, Eskimeaux released O.K., a collection of diverse, complex, and vulnerable music that combine to make a fantastic record on Double Double Whammy […]

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Live Review: Lady Lamb At the Divan Orange, Montreal 11/05/2015

Live Review: Lady Lamb At the Divan Orange, Montreal 11/05/2015

Without a doubt the best way to spend Monday night in Montreal was in the company of Aly Spaltro, aka Lady Lamb. Playing the Divan Orange for the second time in two years, Lady Lamb’s audience keeps growing and she picks up new admirers with every passing show. Following a memorable opening performance by New York’s Rathborne (their first tour […]

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OH THE HORROR

OH THE HORROR

LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU directed by David Gregory The Mayfair Theatre 1074 Bank Street If seeing Marlon Brando in heavy pancake makeup and wrapped in cheesecloth is something you missed when The Island of Dr. Moreau first ran (and quickly hid) back in 1996, then here’s a chance to right that wrong. […]

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GRUMPY OLD NAZI HUNTER

GRUMPY OLD NAZI HUNTER

MR. KAPLAN directed by Alvaro Brechner Thursday, May 7, 7pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University The 19th Latin American Film Festival You’re never too old for adventure. Take Mr. Kaplan, a bumbling grandpa with eyesight and memory issues, who decides to play vigilante when a shady character enters his mundane life. The Uruguayan locals call him “The Nazi”, which is more than enough to […]

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Blur – “The Magic Whip”

Blur – “The Magic Whip”

Blur‘s musical career can be divided into two distinct time periods each with a brilliant trilogy of albums to accompany them.  The first is the much talked about britpop era. During this time Blur was in a media created battle of the bands with Oasis for the hearts and minds of the UK. They also released some of the best […]

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GROOVE SKIP

GROOVE SKIP

VINYL DAYS directed by Gabriel Nesci Thursday, April 30, 7pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University The 19th Latin American Film Festival A cash of classic rock cascades from the heavens above and forever changes the lives of four life-long friends. Perhaps a bit romantic, but anyone growing up in the heady days when radio ruled not only the airwaves, but also guided revolutions […]

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