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Every so often, a film comes along with the power to change the way you think or act. Now, this may or may not have been the film’s intention…but that doesn’t matter. What matters is…
By; Shawn Lotte So I went to this event called Shock Stock, a horror convention, here in London ON. It was good fun. I bought some movies, and met some interesting people. My favorite moment…
A lot of people who meet me will right away be able to tell that I am naturally a very distractable person. Once I get caught up thinking about something else, that something else will plague my mind until it is replaced by another something else, soon to be replaced by another something else, and lo and behold even though I sat down to write an essay I’ve ended up arguing with my mother on the phone about what methods a horse would use to effectively eat an ice cream cone. (Answer: pay a tall squirrel in big nuts to hold the cone.*)
It seems to be a firm belief in Hollywood that if a movie didn’t to great the first time or has remained relevant for more then a decade; it’s time to make a second. But why run the risk of tarnishing a movie title with an overkill of CGI, the possibility of poor acting or irrelevant superstar cameos?
Because of the recent North American remake of this series some here will already know the basic premise. For those of you who don’t, Being Human revolves around three 20-something year old main characters: A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost. Mitchell, a vampire and George, a werewolf, move into their freakishly pink-on-the-outside flat in Bristol only to find that it is already occupied by Annie, the ghost of a woman who fell down the stairs and died there several months previously. The trio then do exactly what it says on the box – attempt to blend in, and be human.
This year’s UWO Film Festival was EPIC! Not only was the food incredible, the films weren’t half bad either. And if you look closely, maybe you can spot some We Eat…
Let’s take a trip down memory lane to…oh, let’s say about a month ago.
Every year, the Oscars come around like it’s a holiday. People build drinking games, bets, and dates out of the event. But even before the big show arrives, there are the nominations. Naturally, people expect that the topmost, superlative films for each category will be listed, appropriately. So why, then, are there such glaring SNUBS?
‘Episodes’ is about a British award winning (BAFTA) husband-and-wife writing team who are offered their shot at the big time i.e. Hollywood. Shawn and Beverly who write on their on show in Britain, are offered to make an American version of their critically acclaimed show. They move to Hollywood where they soon realize that it is not what it seems. They have to compromise to the whims of Hollywood to survive in it. For instance, changing the entire premise of their TV show and finding a way for Matt LeBlanc to play an all boy’s private schools’ headmaster.
Canadians contribute to and are present in many television shows and movies. We produce our own shows as well, as can be seen on the CBC and several other channels. Jokes about our fair country appear on shows such as “How I Met Your Mother” (I think they’re funny, others do not). Despite this, it can’t be ignored that most of what we Canadians watch is American shows from American networks – at least, that’s what we all think right?
Let me start out by saying that I think Anne Hathaway is an intelligent, multi-faceted young actress. However, sex appeal isn’t one of her most redeeming qualities. It’s impressive that she’s been able to play parts in highly esteemed films such as “Love and Other Drugs” and “Rachel Getting Married”, but let’s face it she’s no Catwoman. She’s got the acting chops, but she’s lacking the sensuality and eroticism that a gig as Batman’s voluptuous/villainous sidekick requires.