Maeve Binchy: An appreciation

Categories: Books

In her bestselling books, Maeve Binchy wrote about an Ireland undergoing the transition from rural backwater to Celtic Tiger. However, her real specialty was capturing young people making the difficult, often painful decisions that transform them into adults. She was beloved around the world for short stories and novels that combine the self-examination of Jane Austen with the juicy plotting of a daytime soap and in which the characters -- just ordinary people -- jump to vivid life on the page. Susan Noakes offers an appreciation of the Irish author.

Alanis Morissette takes wing in new video Guardian

Categories: Music

Alanis Morissette has released the first video from her upcoming album Havoc and Bright Lights, her first new release in four years. The track Guardian is surprisingly mellow for Canadian rock's angry young woman and shows that motherhood has knocked a few edges off the singer who gave us Jagged Little Pill.


Categories: Movies

A crass comedy about bonding bros and an alien invasion, The Watch doesn't offer much in terms of story, but the comedic sparks between Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade save the day.

FILM REVIEW: Step Up: Revolution

Categories: Movies

It's Fame meets Breakin' with a flash mob feel. Eli Glasner takes a look at the fourth instalment in the Step Up dance series. The action moves to Miami and introduces two new faces. They may not have the charisma of the earlier Step Up stars, but the performance art spin gives Revolution some fresh moves.

Twitter experiment celebrates Tom Thomson online

Categories: Art & Design, Social Media

A distinctly Canadian social media experiment has unfurled over Twitter this summer, uniting fans of artist Tom Thomson across the internet, as well as those simply curious about the enduring mystery of his death. The voice behind the digital diary looks back over the project, shares what surprised him and discusses plans for the future with Jessica Wong.

FILM REVIEW: The Dark Knight Rises

Categories: Movies

A fitting end to Christopher Nolan's bat-saga, The Dark Knight Rises is a film that pulls together strands from the director's entire take on the classic comic book character. It's a visual, vertigo-inducing tour de force that sacrifices depth of character for widescreen thrills, says CBC film reviewer Eli Glasner.

FILM REVIEW: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Categories: Movies

A cinematic gumbo that mashes together different elements with reckless abandon, Beasts of the Southern Wild is an indie film that somehow feels real and magical at the same time, says CBC's Eli Glasner. Director and writer Benh Zeitlin captures the spirit of his home state of Louisiana in a drama featuring the remarkable performance of a six-year-old actor.

5 unforgettable Rolling Stones gigs

Categories: Music

Five decades on, the Rolling Stones are still hanging on in the public spotlight, albeit largely through solo projects, the release of remastered albums, participation in films or as the subject of art exhibitions. According to occasional reports, the boys never rule out getting back into studio for a new album and, naturally, an international tour. To mark the Stones' 50th anniversary as a band, CBC takes a look back at five performances indelibly etched into our collective memory. Hey, it's only rock 'n' roll, but we like it.

Cookie Monster covers Call Me, Maybe

Categories: Music, Social Media

Mission, B.C. pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen has a song of the summer with Call Me, Maybe. Now, she's also been paid one of pop's biggest tributes: a Sesame Street parody, courtesy of Cookie Monster.

FILM REVIEW: To Rome with Love

Categories: Movies

A sweet summer treat, To Rome with Love is a fun and fluffy film, says CBC's Eli Glasner. The latest product of director Woody Allen's extended European jaunt, it finds the American filmmaker revisiting themes of loyalty and love, with some interesting and absurd twists woven in for good measure.