Most recent entries for April 2013

The return of Harmony Korine

After two decades of provocative, edgy creations that left him on mainstream culture's  sidelines, filmmaker Harmony Korine's distinctive language -- short bursts of imagery, fragmented narrative and repetition, as seen in his latest film Spring Breakers -- seems to be resonating with the Twitter generation.
Michael Bublé is turning up in some surprising places as he promotes his new album, To Be Loved. On Friday, he was singing in the New York subway with backup group Naturally 7 providing the harmonies.
Two stories with Russian themes come from Hot Docs, the Toronto festival of documentary filmmaking opening Thursday. The first is the story of the three young Russian women who grew up to protest the authoritarianism of the Russian state as Pussy Riot. The second follows a suburban B.C. family who adopt five Russian siblings.
Hip hop is religious about keeping it real, so Snoop Dogg's transformation to Rastafarian Snoop Lion has been greeted with skepticism. He's not Jamaican -- he grew up in Los Angeles! Yet his new album, Reincarnated, gives him a voice in the mainstream, with a new message with universal appeal.
Dan Boeckner has gone from playing the community centre in Duncan, B.C. to playing the Coachella Festival in Palm Springs, Calif., with stops at Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. He likens Coachella to being dropped into a jungle with a tiger on the loose, but he and his band Divine Fits were up to that challenge Friday, knowing that for fans, it's all about the music.
The Juno Awards are one of Canada's biggest musical honours, but when a talented rapper with multiple Juno nominations under his belt can't seem to make a living here at home, what does it mean for newer artists and the genre overall?

FILM REVIEW: Oblivion

Oblivion is one of the most beautiful and thoughtfully designed sci-fi films in some time, but despite some plot twists and turns, it lacks the complexity of its predecessors and there's never any doubt as to how this Tom Cruise thriller will end, says Eli Glasner.
My Awkward Sexual Adventure clearly aims to offer some filthy fun in the vein of raunchy rom-com predecessors like Young People F--king. But this new Canadian film suffers from a lack of likeability, says Eli Glasner.

The latest trailer for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel makes it clearer what we're in for -- a gritty take on Superman from the team who gave us The Dark Knight. It's an approach that seems to shake off the taint of Snyder's Watchmen and gives the fanboys hope.
Attention Hunger Games fans! Here's a tasty morsel to whet your appetites for the highly anticipated new instalment Catching Fire: a 2:20 teaser trailer that is nothing if not ominous. 
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