All the news that is news or at least all the news that I found interesting. That’s called "curation" folks. Let’s dive right into what was going on this week, shall we?
Movies, News, Television / Comments Off on Awesome News: Lost Scorsese films, new musicals, a reunion, a spinoff, and more!
Editorial / Comments Off on Matt’s 2013: The Best List
2013 was a good year for the movies. It had its ups and downs, but in the end there was a pretty good crop of films and more than a few great ones.
It’s time to interrupt the endless barrage of Christmas calories
that I seem intent on shoving down my throat as quickly as possible
seriously, it’s like Gluttony Man in Se7en
but I don’t have my body tied down,
my arms are wilfully ladling anything alcoholic or sweet or tasty into my mouth
like it’s going out of fashion
to round up what I think have been my personal favourite games and movies of 2013.
News / Comments Off on Watch This: Companion Short Film to Gravity
Gravity is one of the better cinema going experiences we’ve had this year. There’s one pivotal scene in which Sandra Bullock’s character makes radio contact with the ground but rather than Houston as she’d hoped it’s with someone who doesn’t speak English on a short wave radio.
Now you can see the other side of that conversation. If you haven’t seen the film you may want to wait however this doesn’t spoil the plot of Gravity at all.
Podcast / Comments Off on Podcast Episode 54: GTA5, Blur: Overdrive, Saint’s Row 4, Gravity, The Counselor, Captain Phillips, All is Lost, and Ender’s Game
It’s been two long months since we’ve been able to sit down and record a podcast episode for you but now we’re back and we have a lot of stuff to talk about! This episode we look back over the last could months and talk a little more in depth about Grand Theft Auto 5, Blur Overdrive, and Saint’s Row 4 as well as the movies Gravity, The Counselor, Captain Phillips, All is Lost, and Ender’s Game.
It’s a lot to get through so grab some popcorn and let’s get cracking.
The problem with converting books into movies (or into stage shows or comics or, less frequently, games) is that the medium has certain elements that cannot be recreated. The level of depth and flow of language can only ever be from a certain perspective when flipped into the flesh of a different storytelling vehicle. Ask any Harry Potter fan for their favourite entry in the series and they’ll soon light their eyes with elements of the book that the film didn’t capture. The wonderful thing about books is that often they tell a story in a way that could not be expressed as fully in any other medium. These are the ones that capture us and leave us breathless at the end, mourning for the closure of the final page.
What’s so special about Gravity, then, is that it is a film equivalent. This story, these characters, this situation – none could be told with the same level of effectiveness in any other form (books included). Not only an easy contender for film of the year, Gravity is one of the finest pieces of filmmaking you’ll ever see, and God help you, see it on the big screen. It is the true definition of a “cinema movie”, the white-eyed airless immersion a vital tool in director Alfonso Cuarón’s approach.
Trailers / Comments Off on New Gravity Trailer Continues On The Theme of My Worst Nightmare
Gravity is a movie about a disaster in space and feature striking visuals in director Alfonso Cuaron’s signature style of long takes. It looks absolutely terrifying.
Note: I watched the whole trailer and while I won’t go so far as to say it contains spoilers I believe I saw some flashes from the third act that, even out of context, I’m not sure I wanted to see in a trailer. So proceed with caution.
Posters, Trailers / Comments Off on Awesome: Gravity One Shot Trailers and Poster
Remember the amazing long take sequences in Children of Men? It appears that director Alfonso Cuaron is going to give us more amazing single shot moments in his upcoming film Gravity. There’s two new trailers for the film now each of which is just one single shot from the movie and each of which is pretty much guaranteed to make you nauseous and want to see the film.
Podcast / Comments Off on Episode Twenty Seven: Children of Men, Rock of Ages and Prometheus
This week we’re sitting down to talk about all the news that is news and three films: Children of Men, Rock of Ages, and Prometheus.
Note: major spoiler warnings for Prometheus.
We also discuss the shiny new Microsoft Surface and the best new show on Canadian TV, Continuum.
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