Trying to wrap up “the year in books” is an almost impossible task. Sure, new books come out every week, but let’s be honest unless you’re someone who works in publishing and/or gets advance copies you are probably unlikely to be read up on all the books that come out in a particular year. Reading takes time, and readers aren’t confined to a schedule. A great book can be read the day it comes out or decades later. So the prospect of wrapping up any particular year is a bit dodgy. The best I can do is tell you how my year in books went. Continue reading…
Monthly Archives: December 2014
News / Comments Off on The Year in Books: Crime, Time Travel & Whatever The Southern Reach Trilogy Was About
News / Comments Off on The Passing of Beloved Gilmore Girls Actor Edward Herrmann
2014 brought about the passing of many of our most beloved stars. Sadly today was no exception. Edward Herrmann, 71, died this morning in hospital. He had been in the ICU fighting brain cancer the past 3 and a half weeks. His illness seems to have been a shock to his co-stars in the Gilmore Girls family. Kelly Bishop was contacted by TVLine and said of her former television spouse “I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful… Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down.” Continue reading…
Editorial / Comments Off on Matt’s 2014: The Best Dozen
Best of lists are hard. Choosing the films I liked best isn’t hard, but keeping it to a reasonable number and ranking them is. One thing that’s not so much hard as it is annoying: coming up with something to say other than “I loved this and you should watch it”.
I saw a lot of films this year but there are plenty I missed. I didn’t see Birdman, Whiplash, or Mommy, all of which are on many other best of lists for the year (and in the case of Whiplash I can guess it would have made mine) but I also did see Boyhood, Gone Girl, 22 Jump Street, and a host of others that didn’t make my list.
All in all I saw over 75 of the movies released in 2014. Not a huge percentage when you think about it but certainly more than the average person.
So with all that in mind here are my favourite dozen movies from 2014.
Editorial / Comments Off on Simon’s 2014: A Lego Surprise And Nintendo Fights Back
2014! I had another baby and as such my Best Of The Year list is maybe not as exhaustive as Matt’s, but I could tell you anything you need to know about Go, Diego, Go!. And how 3am feels.
Here’s my best movies and games of the year.
Podcast / Comments Off on Podcast Episode: 2014 In Review
It’s been a long six months but we’re back with our 2014 in review! Join us for an hour and twenty minutes as we talk about the things we loved and things that disappointed us and everything in between in the year 2014.
News / Comments Off on Awesome: ‘Gone Girl’ Effects Reel
Yesterday I posted an effects reel from Captain America: The Winter Soldier which highlighted, for me anyway, just how much of that movie wasn’t real. Not that it was a surprise or anything though, that movie features flying aircraft carriers. Here’s another effects reel that highlights just how many effects can be going on in shots where there don’t appear to be any at all which is far more impressive if you ask me.
News / Comments Off on Awesome: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Effects Reel
Here’s an awesome effects rebel for Captain America: The Winter Soldier which will have the dual effect of making you realize how much CGI was in the film and also making you realize how much CGI was in the film. It’s a double edged sword.
News / Comments Off on Awesome: The Curious Copyright Case of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’
FilmmakerIQ has put together a great 20 minute video on the history of the weird copyright case behind the holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life. Get a history of the films production and the way that copyright in film works.
News / Comments Off on Good News: ‘The Interview’ Is Being Released!
Sony is releasing The Interview to any theatre willing to show it, which means that any independent chain that wants to can show it. Apparently there are currently over 300 screens booked for Christmas Day in the US, including every location of Alamo Drafthouse (the chain I want most to come to Canada).
I haven’t heard of any locations in Canada as yet, but start asking your local indie theatre now!
The films stars on Twitter:
VICTORY!!!!!!! The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!! SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters… http://t.co/0KyZQAB6cf— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) December 23, 2014
The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) December 23, 2014
News / Comments Off on ‘Kill Me Three Times’ Trailer: Simon Pegg Is A Killer
Simon Pegg as an assassin who find out he’s not the only one trying to kill his target. Eeeenteresting. Let’s watch!
News / Comments Off on Star Trek 3 Will Be Directed By Justin Lin
A while back Roberto Orci was removed from the directors chair of Star Trek 3. This is a good thing. He’s not a great writer (or even a good one) but he keeps getting jobs with popular franchises and as a result keeps getting hired. Star Trek 3 would have been his directorial début as well and while I’m sure he had a vision? At the end of the day you don’t just hand the reins to a franchise like Star Trek to a first timer.
So he was removed and today it was announced that Justin Lin, he of the Fast and Furious Franchise, has been hired to replace him. I’m going to tentatively say this is a good move. Lin is a good director of action and of large ensembles. His films are fun and engaging and heartfelt. I don’t know that he’s a perfect fit but I think he’s a better fit that Orci. I just hope that they get back to exploring the galaxy as well as our own morality rather than the “holy shit look at that explosion!” style we’ve gotten lately.
News / Comments Off on Awesome: Snowpiercer: Left or Right
Characters have to make choices. The big ones can’t be undone. How do you show this in film? Here’s how Snowpiercer, admittedly a special case, pulled it off. Hint, pretty great. Also, if you haven’t seen Snowpiercer then don’t watch this because it literally spoils the entire movie.
Posters / Comments Off on Awesome “Pixels” Posters Are Awesome
Aliens misinterpret classic arcade video games as an act of war and retaliate using classic arcade game forms, and the world fights back by recruiting classic video game champions. It sounds ridiculous, and it is ridiculous, but these posters are awesome.
News / Comments Off on Happy Sunday: Enjoy This 55 Minute Documentary About Alfred Hitchcock
Here’s a fairly in depth look at Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense.
Trailers / Comments Off on ‘The Loft’ Trailer: Cheating Husbands Buy A Love Nest For Their Illicit Affairs. What Could Go Wrong?
Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, and Matthias Schoenaerts play cheating husbands who all secretly buy a loft apartment in which they can safely screw around. Then a woman turns up dead. Pretty classic murder mystery set up. Let’s watch!