Spent all day watching movies. Realized just before the last film that I could not find my notebook, which might have been left at the previous theatre. Came home in time to find that the twins wanted an extra late-night feed. Spent the next hour or two catching up on e-mails and stuff (tangent: I hate the new Google Reader interface). Would love to comment on the day’s films, but will get around to blogging them later, when I’m not… Read more

This year’s edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, so it’s about time I posted the first draft of my movie-going schedule. I recently discovered I won’t be going to Chicago after all next week, so that frees up some time; but there are still church events and Thanksgiving dinners and the like to work around. As with last year’s schedule, this list will be continually revised often over the next two weeks, and any films I… Read more

Don’t let the title fool you. The Last King of Scotland takes place not in the Highlands but in Uganda, and the title refers not to some European monarch but to one of the most notorious African dictators, Idi Amin. So why do this film — and the Giles Foden novel on which it is based—bear this title? Partly because “King of Scotland” was one of the many titles Amin gave himself during his brutal eight-year reign; another was “Conqueror… Read more

In July, a court ruled that companies which sell censored DVDs without authorization, such as CleanFlicks and CleanFilms, must turn over their inventories to the studios whose copyrights they were infringing. Both firms have since shut down entirely.But one company escaped censure. That company was ClearPlay, which does not edit DVDs but, rather, sells a DVD player which can censor movies as it plays them. Instead of selling edited DVDs, they sell filtering software for specific titles — and you… Read more

I’d love to post more, but for now I’ve got time for these:1. Production Weekly says Danish bad boy Lars von Trier is finally going to shoot Antichrist next summer. He’s been talking about this project — which is “based on the theory that it was Satan, not God, who created the world” — for at least the past two years, but Cinematical says he had to ditch an earlier version of the script after one of his producers talked… Read more

Production Weekly reports that Martin Scorsese is once again planning to shoot a film based on Shusaku Endo’s Silence:“Silence” is set in sixteenth century Japan, where Portuguese missionaries must contend with traders from rival European nations and the persecution of Christians by Japanese feudal lords. The feudal lords want to drive Christianity out of Japan, and try to do so by torturing priests into apostasy, denying their faith. This is done symbolically by stepping on a “fumie,” a Christian image,… Read more

The Canadian Press says it’s official — as of this past weekend, with $9,389,972 at the Quebec box office and another $1.3 million from the rest of Canada, the bilingual buddy-cop movie Bon Cop, Bad Cop is now the top-grossing film in Quebec history.Ordinarily, that would make it a shoo-in for the Golden Reel Award — yes, Canada’s version of the Academy Awards hands out statuettes for top-grossing Canadian film — but it’s always possible it will be surpassed by… Read more

Queen Spoo has posted a very brief but interesting interview with Alexander Siddig, who plays the archangel Gabriel in the upcoming movie The Nativity Story. The most interesting bits:1.) How did playing the role of the archangel Gabriel compare to other roles you have played?I’ve enjoyed most of the roles I’ve played but the archangel was different because most people have an idea of what they think an angel is. But in a sense I had more leeway, many characters… Read more

Not quite the knock-out that some other cross-over fan films have been, but fun nonetheless. Is there no end to these things?Click here if the video file above doesn’t play properly. Read more

Here are the figures for the past weekend, arranged from those that owe the highest percentage of their take to the Canadian box office to those that owe the lowest.The Last Kiss — CDN $1,171,955 — N.AM $8,446,291 — 13.9%The Illusionist — CDN $3,503,060 — N.AM $27,592,197 — 12.7%The Black Dahlia — CDN $1,767,999 — N.AM $17,270,675 — 10.2%The Covenant — CDN $1,989,856 — N.AM $20,183,768 — 9.9%All the King’s Men — CDN $350,909 — N.AM $3,672,366 — 9.6%Jet Li’s… Read more

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