Most recent entries for January 2012

Jack White goes solo


A year after the demise of The White Stripes, singer and guitarist Jack White has announced his first solo album, Blunderbuss. The single, Love Interruptions, is the first taste of that album.
Trek fans, prepare to set course for Calgary and engage. Nearly 25 years after the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the key cast of the hit TV series will reunite onstage at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo in April. "It's the best when we are all together. It's incredible and if we are having a good time a good time is guaranteed for the fans," according to cast member LeVar Burton.
Now is the winter of discontent for moviegoers. Eli Glasner sifts through the cinematic slop to find the gems in this weekend's newest releases. Reviews of Man on a Ledge, One for the Money and The Grey.
Our chers amis at Radio-Canada's Espace musique are streaming Canadian icon Leonard Cohen's forthcoming album Old Ideas online. The brand new studio album, set for release Jan. 31, offers Cohen's distinctive, melancholic baritone, poignant lyrics and spiritual -- but also swinging -- music.

George Lucas and Steven Soderbergh have both said they are on the way to retirement as directors, but before they go, Soderbergh has brought us Haywire, a zany riff on the spy flick, and Lucas has released Red Tails, a Second World War aerial combat film. Eli Glasner suggests considering the tired quality of these films, a break might be warranted.

FILM REVIEW: A Separation

A Separation is a powerful film that presents an unflinching view of life in modern Iran. The award-winning movie from writer-director Asghar Farhadi introduces us to moving characters caught in the claustrophobic space between the state's rules and their own aspirations.
The Artist earned critical kudos and is a leading contender for various award ceremonies, but the fact that the silent-film homage actually is a black-and-white silent film -- gasp! -- apparently escaped the notice of some British moviegoers, who walked out of a Liverpool screening and demanded a refund.
Let's take a step back from the much-too-serious business of the film awards season, shall we? A lovely little piece of viral video distraction -- blending a multitude of precisely chosen movie clips with a fabulously retro Lionel Richie tune -- crossed our desks and we just had to share it.
Eli Glasner takes a quick critical catch up with some of the new movies in theatres. Tough guy Mark Wahlberg offers value for money in Contraband, Beauty and the Beauty 3D is a treat for animation fans, while Pariah adds a new spin on coming out in America.

FILM REVIEW: A Dangerous Method

Filled with elegant dinners, drawing room debates and furious bouts of letter-writing between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), A Dangerous Method is a cerebral, strictly controlled tale with brief bursts of passion and danger from Keira Knightley. But David Cronenberg's latest drama is a difficult film to recommend, says Eli Glasner.
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