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thank you 2009 (tv.film.music)
December 22, 2009, 4:54 pm
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I haven’t blogged in a while, but I figured I would post a quick list of my favorites things cultural in 2009…

so thank you 2009 for…

…anything Patrick Watson did (Wooden Arms, Divan Orange and Jazzfest shows, Concert à emporter…)
…The Antlers’
Hospice. It made my soul shrink
…Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest. It proves music can still come in multicolored artwork and not suck.
…Tori Amos’ Midwinter Graces ; she reinvented the holiday album in the most subtle ways
…Pop Montreal, the most fun any music-lover can have in this town

…Il Divo. It reignited italian cinema in my eyes and showed me that I can still be dazzled by directing
…Avatar that made me witness what seemed to be a big turning point in cinema technology
…Helen Mirren in The Last Station
…the dog in Up !
…Two Lovers for having the same effect as The Antler’s hospice (see above)
…”The rabbi is busy” in A Serious Man
…Panique au village and Mary & Max for being the best animated films I’ve seen in a long while
…Inglorious Basterds
…MO’nique in Precious

…True Blood’s zombie freakout
… Lost going apeshit with time
…Seinfeld
rocking the shit out of Curb
endless laughs I got from watching CNN

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I must be forgetting stuff. But who cares ?

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Tarantino’s Picks
August 18, 2009, 2:18 pm
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interesting to see what films Mr Tarantino admires in the last 20 years.

I agree with half of that list. the other half is just too nerdy.



Scorcese in thriller-mode
June 11, 2009, 10:17 am
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Here’s the latest trailer from Martin Scorcese…
Looks a lot like a conspiracy thriller ! Which, in the hands of Mr Scorcese, could be BANANAS!!!… or it could be a disaster. We’ll see in october…

oh, and in case it wasn’t clear just yet, DiCaprio is the new De Niro.



Panic !!!!
June 10, 2009, 12:22 pm
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This is simply one of the most hilarious and original animation films I’ve seen in a while.
Here’s a trailer for it.

Hopefully you can catch it soon on DVD or in theatres if you’re lucky.

(Stoners, beware….)



UP we go !
June 1, 2009, 2:37 pm
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Every year, around may, I get to say the following sentence : “Pixar’s done it again”.
This year is no different.

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Their latest film, Up, is simply magical, moving as hell, and funny beyond expectations. I don’t want to talk too much about it to avoid spoiling it. I do want to say, though, that it’s films like these that make you glad that some corporate minds are still in charge of pushing animation forward. Pixar was always the best example of art being made with shitloads of money. When other studios keep coming up with crappy films like Monsters vs Aliens, and focusing on action and stupid modern-day references, Pixar is still trying to uphold one core value : goodness. And that one transcends religions, social backgrounds or race. It’s universal, and that’s why you get the urge to cry so many times in their films, especially this one.

Also, in a world where all characters have to be modern, flashy and silly, this flick comes packed with characters that are so far from your expections that you wonder what went through their heads. Two of the three lead characters are grumpy old men, the child is NOT wiser than the adults (breaking the usualy sterotype) and actually learns something, the sidekicks character animals don’t talk (at least not in the traditional way). And, most importantly, when someone gets kicked in the face, there’s some blood (no gruseome splatter, just plain human bleeding)…

And my god the colors. and the camera work. and the acting. and the pace. and the music.

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I can’t say enough good things about this film. It’s not a masterpiece like Wall-E, but it’s definetly a huge success !



Dirty Dancing Redux
May 19, 2009, 11:07 am
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If David Lynch had directed Dirty Dancing…. 🙂 🙂



relevance
May 12, 2009, 11:48 am
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Now tell me this is not still relevant today !