Review: The Expendables (2010)

Early in The Expendables — Sly Stallone’s latest directorial foray — Mickey Rourke breaks from tattooing a skull on Stallone’s back to enjoy a few puffs from a pipe in his own personal tattoo parlor/bar/motorcycle garage/pool hall. This pretty much says everything you need to know about the film: that it squirts endless machismo from its … Continue reading

Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is one of the only movies I  was anticipating this summer. That’s not to say I wasn’t aware of what was coming out; rather, that this has honestly been one of the worst years for big-budget films in as long as I can remember. I joined the other fan boys … Continue reading

Review: Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

We’ve all discussed it at one point or another: it sucks when a movie has nothing funny to offer past the moments they give away in the trailer. What’s worse, some trailers aren’t even that funny. This was the case with Jay Roach’s 2010 buddy comedy Dinner for Schmucks; from a lackluster preview, I expected the … Continue reading

Ray Lamontagne Hits His Stride With The Pariah Dogs

An amazing backing band can work wonders for a good songwriter. Ryan Adams with The Cardinals. Tom Petty with The Heartbreakers. Bob Dylan with The Band. Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band. Justin Timberlake with *Nsync; well, maybe not as much. Every pairing helped elevate its leader’s storytelling to another level by subtracting the instrumental … Continue reading

The Weakerthans in Kitchener, Ontario.

Fans of the Winnipeg indie act The Weatherthans know that going to a show is as mesmerizing as watching the internal mechanics of an old-fashioned clock. The pieces seem simple, work so well together, move with impeccable timing – resulting in the magnificent act of counting all the beautiful pieces that make up a perfect … Continue reading

Review: Salt (2010)

Have you ever watched a movie with someone who spent the entire time pointing out plot-holes? Watching Salt is kinnddaa like that; the only difference is that the film doesn’t need an annoying best friend to point out how unrealistic it is. We’re reminded of that every time a fire extinguisher turns into a DIY bazooka. … Continue reading

Review: The Kids Are All Right (2010)

People have a tendency to see their own flaws in others. Feelings and attitudes we don’t always understand consistently motivate our actions and as hard as we try to support our “rational” self-image, let’s face it, men and women are creatures of passion. Freud had a lot of theories surrounding this sort of thing: transference, … Continue reading

The Bricklin: The Little Car That Didn’t, But The Musical That Might?

A song entitled ‘Minto’, a car so rare it belongs in a museum, a former premier of Fredericton, NB doing the mashed potato onstage and a singing Salvador Dali: where could one find these things in one spot? It’s easy: Maritime Canada, of course. I left the Fredericton Playhouse as one of a small group … Continue reading

Love Never Dies: A Sequel to the Musical Most of Us Are Sick Of

The pounding opening chords of the title song from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 hit musical, The Phantom of the Opera, resound with many ears around the world. Regardless of how you feel about the musical theatre genre, they are highly recognizable. The show’s stellar plot — which draws on Gaston Leroux’s early 1900s serial novel, … Continue reading

Great Expectations: Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs

With the 2004 release of Funeral, the Montreal-septet Arcade Fire ascended rock royalty overnight, obtaining a reputation of mythic proportions. However, with a bloated sophomore effort in Neon Bible and later years of silence, the question begged asking: could lightening strike twice, or was Funeral their Grace? Nearly seven years after the fact, the answer … Continue reading