Most recent entries for December 2011

2011's hidden cinematic gems

A fashionable documentary, an international thriller based on a horrifying true story and a darkly comic film about suicide bombers. CBC's Eli Glasner shares his picks of 2011's hidden cinematic gems -- movies you may have missed, but should definitely watch.

10 pop culture moments of 2011

Charlie Sheen held a bipolar walk, The Sheepdogs were on the cover of Rolling Stone and Ryan Gosling and Lady Gaga were everywhere in 2011. Plus, we said goodbye to Harry Potter and hello to Melissa McCarthy.

Viral video hits of 2011

Canadians are the world's most avid viewers of online video and, while we do watch news-related content, it's often quirky, silly and adorable offerings that grab us. CBC Arts takes a look back at some of 2011's most entertaining viral videos.

Top films of 2011

After enduring another year of sequels, slumps, superheroes and general CGI cacophony, CBC's Eli Glasner takes a look back at the year's contributions to cinema and the 2011 films that enchanted, surprised and provoked. Along with the best of the best, he explores the movie fads now here for good and the small films that had something to say.

A message from Middle Earth

Peter Jackson has released a sneak peak of his The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with the proviso that you still have to wait another year to see it. Much of his vision of Middle Earth is familiar from his blockbuster film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, but there's a new hero: Bilbo Baggins in a new incarnation, played by Martin Freeman.
The blockbuster franchises Mission: Impossible and Sherlock Holmes go toe-to-toe at the box office. Both feature big stars, action-packed set pieces and directors with something to prove. But which one will be an early gift for movie fans? CBC's Eli Glasner takes tally.

FILM REVIEW: Young Adult

A caustic swipe at a high school fantasy gone sour, Young Adult offers a fearless, unsentimental performance by Charlize Theron and great support from comedian Patton Oswalt. The latest collaboration between the director and writer of hit comedy Juno isn't quite a crowd-pleaser, but delivers some pointed pleasure for the holiday season.
Gary Oldman stars as George Smiley, an anti-James Bond, in the new revision of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The film is packed with strong performances, but its story -- filled with subtle hints and winks -- may leave many in the dark.

American comedian Louis C.K. wrote, performed, produced and edited his latest comedy special, Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater, then offered it online without digital locks for $5 US. The internet experiment is being regarded as a success after he recouped his investment, with minimal illegal downloads.
In an honour presented with tongue firmly in cheek, Time columnist Joel Stein has named actor Ryan Gosling the magazine's "coolest person of the year." Overlooking the actor's Canadian origins and stint as a Mouseketeer, Stein gives Gosling the nod for his smooth public persona and for his 2011 films: Drive, The Ides of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
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