Most recent entries for November 2011

Elvis Costello unplugged

Elvis Costello has advised his fans not to buy his box set, The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook -- certainly not at the price Universal Music is asking: $224. The musician turned consumer advocate sure has hit the right note, if his plan is to turn all eyes to an otherwise obscure release.

A singing telegram from K'naan


Want K'naan to back you up as you sing Happy Birthday to your Mom? The Somali-Canadian artist is helping Western Union bring the singing telegram into the digital age - and reform its image with some global charity work.

FILM REVIEW: Hugo

Hugo is a dark journey into the world of a orphaned boy who lives in a Paris train station. While the pace may be too slow for little ones, Eli Glasner finds an abundance of affection in director Martin Scorsese's love letter to the dawn of cinema.

FILM REVIEW: The Muppets

The Muppets are back in their first big screen adventure in 12 years. Eli Glasner discovers there's still Muppet magic to spare. The characters that Jim Henson and his puppeteers created still know how to be tender, how to be smart and how to be wildly silly.
They may have sold nearly 50 million records, won a shelf of awards and played to packed concert venues, but the boys of Nickelback can't get no respect. So, they've responded to their critics by mocking their 'most hated band' reputation in a new video on the comedy site FunnyorDie.com.
This fall, Leonard Cohen confirmed he was finishing up his first new studio album since 2004 and, now, our friends over at CBC Radio 2 have scored a sneak peek: the track Show Me The Place off the forthcoming release.

The dysfunctional Bluth family are set to return, after Netflix signed an exclusive deal to resurrect the Arrested Development series. This corrosive satire of the spoiled rich and the political zeitgeist seems a ready fit for the post-Occupy Wall Street age. It comes in 2013 in the U.S. - but we await a Canadian date.
Eli Glasner takes a bite out of the Twilight instalment Breaking Dawn - Part 1, an odious anti-feminist throwback with the bad acting, worse music and ongoing themes of self-sacrifice.

FILM REVIEW: The Descendants

The Descendants is filled with moments when it feels wrong to laugh - a mother in a coma, an angry teenaged girl, and a dad who barely copes. Yet performances by George Clooney, Judy Greer and Shailene Woodley and a touch of the absurd, make for convincing comedy.

FILM REVIEW: Café de Flore

Director Jean-Marc Vallée has channeled his passion for music into film that blends two very different tales - a mother's love in the Paris of 1969 and a husband's regret in modern Montreal. Café de Flore is about love that knows no limits and this emotional movie mash-up shouldn't be missed.
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