Category: Reviews

CD Review: James Leclaire Delivers on Of What Is Left

CD Review: James Leclaire Delivers on Of What Is Left

James Leclaire sings with a gritty voice (think Steve Earle but without the booze issues) and I’ll admit that I first thought it was affectation. James is a super friendly, clean cut guy from the Ottawa Valley, and to meet him is to meet a man with a big smile, quick wit, and really positive attitude. In short, this is the […]

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

  THE OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL June 20 – July 1 DUELLING GUITARS JULIAN LAGE & NELS CLINE NAC 4th Stage, June 25th Nels Cline’s latest fame to claim is handling lead guitar chops for alt-country legends Wilco, which serves a perfect noodling middle ground for someone who’s jazzed it up with Charlie Hayden and noised it out with Sonic Youth. […]

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EVEN MORE FRANTIC FRINGE REVIEWS

EVEN MORE FRANTIC FRINGE REVIEWS

  BURNT AT THE STEAK by Carolann Valentino – New York City, USA Carolann Valentino is a force of nature. All big hair and cleavage, she comes out blasting show tunes like a one-woman chorus line. There’s no downtime here folks, as the peppy thespian quickly takes us into her frantic world. She’s a manager at a high-end New York […]

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ELEPHANT SAX BUT NO HAT

ELEPHANT SAX BUT NO HAT

  HAMID DRAKE with COLIN STETSON THE OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL NAC 4th Stage, June 23 Night two of Colin Stetson’s brief Jazz Fest residency, and he still has enough breath to blow for a solid hour. It’s a feast for both ears and eyes, especially when he moves the very large volume of air in the dwarfing bass saxophone. Circular breathing […]

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JAZZY REVIEWS

JAZZY REVIEWS

THE OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL June 20 – july MIKE PRIDE’S FROM BACTERIA TO BOYS NAC 4th Stage, June 20 Unfortunate name, pretty good band though. Mike Pride’s the drummer, the composer, and the defacto leader of the group, so naturally he gets a drum solo. Good thing in jazz circles is, everyone gets a solo. And even better, there’s no […]

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FRENETIC FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEWS

FRENETIC FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEWS

THE OTTAWA FRINGE FESTIVAL June 19 – 29 http://ottawafringe.com/   RUBY KNOCKERS, 1 JADED DICK: A DIRK DARROW INVESTIGATION by Tim Motley – Melbourne, Australia The one liners and double entendres come fast and furious, so pay attention. Tim Motley is Australian, pulling off a wise-guy accent in an echo chamber (the unfortunate St. Paul’s Church); so strict attention must […]

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Hammondelicious

Hammondelicious

Joey DeFrancesco Ottawa Jazz Festival NAC Studio, 7pm, Friday June 20   The Finest Jazz Organist on the Planet. So says Joey DeFrancesco’s website. This might be the first time that the interwebs don’t exaggerate. For the most part, Hammond organ tinkling is cheesy lounge territory, but Ottawa gets a chance to see a real jazz virtuoso transform the instrument […]

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Don’t Drink the Kool Aid!

Don’t Drink the Kool Aid!

The Sacrament Director: Ti West The Mayfair Theatre, June 20 – 24 1074 Bank Street Found footage horror! It’s the latest craze kids. Tough to pull off though, especially when the filmmaker slips into crosscutting and slick, multi angle edits. Whoops. Anyhoo, any good horror film will suspend rational thinking about what silly craziness is happening on screen, and get the […]

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Review: Orit Shimoni’s Bitter is the New Sweet

Review: Orit Shimoni’s Bitter is the New Sweet

I first came to know of Orit Shimoni a few years back when she was in a Montreal-based duo called Little Birdie. The first song of the then-new album (Cinematic Way) was called Every Day I Fasten My Shackles. I was hooked. It was blues-inspired folk (perhaps folk-inspired blues), with soul to spare. Orit’s voice in particular connected so beautifully with […]

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Diary of a Lonely Husband

Diary of a Lonely Husband

The Husband dir. Bruce McDonald The Mayfair Theatre 1074 Bank Street Thursday, May 1,  9:30 pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c94wQF3u4S8 Shot in bleak hospital hues – all washed out blue gray greens – The Husband marks Canadian filmmaking icon Bruce McDonald’s foray away from healthy cinema. This is a sickly piece of film. No good can come of it. Blame Maxwell McCabe-Lokos. He co-wrote, and he hogs […]

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Father Knows Worst

Father Knows Worst

En el nombre de la hija (In the Name of the Girl) dir. Tania Hermida Ecuador, 2011, 108 minutes Spanish with English sub-titles 18th Latin American  Film Festival Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:00 pm Who better to tackle politics, class, race and religion in mid-seventies Ecuador than open minded kids? Exactly. What starts out as an innocent […]

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Siege the Moment

Siege the Moment

Alan Partridge dir. Declan  Lowney British, 2013, 90 minutes April 4 – 7 The Mayfair Theatre 1074 Bank Street Either you love British humour or are utterly confused by it. Now that the riff raff are gone, let’s proceed.  Though his hilariously awkward media personality Alan Partridge has been bringing the funny for years across the pond, most of North […]

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Grown-up Pains

Grown-up Pains

Peurto Padre (Port Father) dir. Gustavo Fallas Costa Rica, 2013, 86 minutes Spanish with English sub-titles 18th Latin American  Film Festival Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Sunday, March 30, 2014, 4:00 pm Filmed in warm  golden skin tones and bluesy-green backgrounds, Puerto Padre captures the stark beauty of Costa Rica and its people. That beauty can be good, and can be […]

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Bland Heaven

Bland Heaven

  Cielo Oscuro (Dark Heaven) directed by Joel Calero Peru, 2012, 77 minutes Spanish with English sub-titles 18th Latin American  Film Festival Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:00 pm Not so much a stinker, but more a lingering, odd odor of a movie, Dark Heaven delivers on none of its promises of passionate, dark and stylish. That is […]

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The Gold, the Bad and the Ugly

The Gold, the Bad and the Ugly

Serra Pelada / Bald Mountain directed by Heitor Dhalia (Brazil) March 27th 395 Wellington, National Archives 18th Latin American  Film Festival 1980s Brazil was a time of ridiculous short shorts and a crazy gold rush. Desperate times plus desperate measures equals riveting plot fodder, which in this case, makes for grand cinema. Bald Mountain  follows two lifelong friends who flee […]

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FIRE THE ARCADE

FIRE THE ARCADE

ARCADE FIRE Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa Friday March 14 When the world’s biggest band (you can look it up, the interwebs don’t lie) comes storming to town on the heels of their “we can do whatever the fuck we want” disco album, theRevue has to provide coverage. The transition from club to arena is a tricky maneuvre most bands never […]

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COMING TO TERM

COMING TO TERM

9 MONTH STRETCH directed by Albert Dupontel, France, 2013, 82 minutes Friday March 14, 2014, 9:15 pm 12th DiverCine Film Festival: World Cinema from La Francophonie ByTowne Cinema   Fans of Edgar Wright’s fast paced dark comedies please line up. Seems the French can splatter blood with a wink and a nudge much like the Brits. Heck, even Monty Pythoner Terry Gilliam […]

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UnChained Reviews: “Pirate Radio” by The Electric Revival

UnChained Reviews: “Pirate Radio” by The Electric Revival

The famous saying is that with great power comes great responsibility. Well, with great talent come great expectations. When you hear a great riff, you get excited. When a songs jumps out at you with energy and ferocity, you get pumped. When talent is evident, you look forward to hearing something special. In the case of Pirate Radio by The […]

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The Devil With a Hard On

The Devil With a Hard On

Here Comes The Devil directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano February 21-22nd, 26-27th Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street There was a time when horror movies had to rely on basic tricks of the trade to make audiences squirm. Tricks like shadows, brooding music, a convoluted mystery plot, and maple syrup gore. Adrain Garcia Bogliano cranks out a classic seventies style shlock […]

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He Had a Hat

He Had a Hat

When Jews Were Funny directed by Alan Zweig February 7th – 10th Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street Classic joke: when a lifeguard presents a mother her barely saved son, she deadpans “He had a hat”. The answer to the title of doc maker Alan Zweig’s latest is of course, “always”. On some sort of strange quest, Zweig tries to explore […]

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