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James McAvoy

by Moe - 1 Comment(s)

Earlier in the month MM gave away tickets to see the new Danny Boyle movie Trance. Starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassell, I really enjoyed this film. Nice mix of thriller, heist and drama. If you were one of the people we sent last week, we'd love to hear from you. Reach us through Comments.

This movie got me thinking how much I enjoy McAvoy and how the guy has a great knack for picking really diverse roles. He started out on the small screen and if you are paying attention you can see him in small character roles in Foyle's War, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Band of Brothers. He had a starring role in the very well done BBC mini-series State of Play, along with other British perennial fave Bill Nighy. Far superior to the American theatrical remake with Russell Crowe. Then he made the jump to the big screen with The Chronicle's of Narnia playing Mr. Tumnus, a Pan-like creature. Next up was The Last King of Scotland playing against Forrest Whitaker, who won a Best Actor Oscar for his tremendous portrayal of Idi Amin. This is a strange and often brutal movie, but well worth a look. Atonement, based on the popular novel by Ian McEwan, showed us more of the depth of his acting skills. After this was The Last Station where he held his own against heavyweights Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. Fast forward a few years and he takes on the role of a young Charles Xavier in the popular franchise X-Men First Class. He really nailed this performance, completely channeling a young Patrick Stewart.

He currently has three more films in post-production and I am sure the offers are flowing.

Crowfoot's Monthly Film Night

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Join us at 6:30 p.m. on April 18th at Crowfoot Library for another great film. Due to copyright restrictions I can not put the title in this post, but here's some great hints for you. The movie won Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Music -Original Score at this year's Academy Awards . It really is a wonderful movie and if you are one of the nearly 1000 people currently on hold, this is a great way to avoid the wait. No registration is required, but seating is limited and is on a first come first serve basis. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., showtime 6:30 p.m.

If you wish to find out the title or need directions to Crowfoot call as at 221-4122 and we'll be happy to tell you.The movie is rated PG for emotional thematic content and some scary action sequences and peril. See you on the 18th!

So long Roger Ebert

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

The great film critic Roger Ebert died last week at the age of 70. With 50 plus years in the business he will be a tough act to replace—if in fact he can be. First and foremost a newspaperman, he is the only film critic to have received a Pulitzer Prize. Syndicated in more than 200 newspapers, with over 20 books to his credit and tens of thousands of reviews, the man "spent much of his time sitting through bad movies, so we didn't have to."

He was not a fan of top 10 lists, preferring instead to compile "best of the year." You can see the logic in this—it does not pigeon-hole you into a specific list that leaves no room for revisions. He did say his favourite actor was Robert Mitchum and actress was Ingrid Bergman. You can find the complete list on line, but here are his choices for best of the year from 2000-2012:

2000- Almost Famous: 2001- Monsters Ball: 2002- Minority Report: 2003- Monster: 2004- Million Dollar Baby: 2005- Crash: 2006- Pan's Labyrinth:

2007- Juno: 2008- Synecdoche, New York: 2009- The Hurt Locker: 2010- The Social Network: 2011- A Separation: 2012- Argo. We have all but one of these available.

10th Annual Calgary Underground Film Festival

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Tickets and festival information are available on their site.

The event runs from April 15th – 21st and tickets are very reasonable with a $40.00 for five films punch card or $140.00 for a festival pass.

And if a movie called Big A** Spider doesn't peak your interest, they have dozens more from which to choose.

Calgary Public Library is the place to look for information on festivals. Using film festivals as your keyword search, you will be impressed with the titles you can bring up. Everything from how to launch your film on the festival circuit, to government pamphlets detailing other provincial and national film festivals, including the Banff International Film Festival and the 1988 Olympics Film Festival archives.

Disruptions to the Space Time Continuum

by Moe - 1 Comment(s)

I do love anything to do with the bending of the space time continuum- even if it doesn't always make sense and often leaves me scratching my head. And the really bad ones have been known to leave me yelling at my tv that just wouldn't work!!! In fact I enjoy them so much I've devoted entire posts to just such movies.

Now fellow movie maniac Mat introduced me to this little gem from Spain---Los cronocrimenes---Timecrimes, and I must say it lived up to everything he said about it. Done without a bunch of CGI that leaves you looking for a quiet place to rest your eyes, this movie is lean, even sparse. No fancy sets, no high profile actors, just a nice tight sci-fi thriller. You aren't here to watch the special effects, you are here to try to figure out what happened and more importantly, could it work.

It won't be everyone's cup of tea but it sure worked for me. Even with English sub-titles.

FREE ADVANCED SCREENING PASSES

by Moe - 3 Comment(s)

UPDATE- THE PASSES ARE ALL CLAIMED

ENJOY THE MOVIE IF YOU ARE GOING AND REMEMBER TO CHECK BACK REGULARLY
PASSES COME UP OFTEN AND WITHOUT ADVANCE NOTICE

Okay readers, fire up your GoFoBo accounts—I have some more free advanced screening passes for you. This is for the latest film from Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire/2012 Olympics fame. It features James McAvoy, and is really getting some good reviews.

As always when you request these tickets you are being directed to a third party site and you must judge your own comfort level with the info you are being asked to provide. Don't have a GoFoBo account yet? Pop in and create one—we get tickets quite often and you will need one if you ever wish to take advantage of these offers. Even if you don't want tickets to this event it is best to have an account set up because the tickets just fly off the shelves as soon as I put up a post. There are 30 double passes available.

Here's the link for the passes; you'll know you are in the right place when you see our Movie Maniac Logo.

The password is CPLMM84QW

The screening: Wednesday, April 10 Cineplex Westhills 7:00 PM

I'd love to hear from you if you go to this. Drop me a line through Comments. And if you request tickets and find you can't use them, please pass them on, or go back onto GoFoBo and release them so someone else can use them. The more tickets get requested and redeemed, the more they will give us for future events. ENJOY !

I'd Rather Do It Myself

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Another Earth

I recently stumbled across this little gem sitting on our shelves. It won the Special Jury Prize (World Cinema, Dramatic) at the 2011 Sundance Festival, as well as several other nominations and wins at various other venues. The story is a compelling mix of devastating loss and forgiveness, love and redemption, and if this is making some of you think it is too treacly, don't be put off. It is a very intelligent and provocative movie.

Need something else to convince you to give it a try? 28-year-old Brit Marling, who plays the lead character, wrote the story herself. She set out to start her adult life as an economy major with a job offer at Goldman Sachs, but got bitten by the acting bug. She hung around Hollywod for awhile but got tired of only being offered roles as the cute blonde in horror movies. So she taught herself to write — the idea being if she wanted decent parts she had to write them herself. She got the movie produced, entered it at Sundance and that's that! It's an impressive start.

Spring Break

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Give your local library a call to see what they may have planned for the kids during spring break. You can find all the phone numbers on our home page under Locations.

Here at Crow we have activites planned for Monday March 25th to Thursday the 28th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We start the week off with a movie on Monday at 10:30 a.m. — no registration required. It is going to be in the kids zone so we can accomadate a pretty good crowd; around 60 plus. This animated movie has been pre-screened by yours truly, and I can tell you I found it a whole lot of fun. It is rated G/PG (some potty humour and a couple of scary images), but should be okay for ages 6 and up. Even the adults should like it — I had more than one laugh out loud moment.

Can't give you the title here, (due to copyright issues) but if you phone us 221-4122 we'll be happy to tell you!

Join us at Crowfoot for our monthly movie night

by Moe - 1 Comment(s)

Join us at Crowfoot for our monthly movie. Now you know that due to copyright restrictions I can't tell you what it is, but how's this for the biggest hint you'll ever get anywhere? It won this years Oscar for Best Picture !

Crowfoot Library 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

There is no registration required but

seating is limited and once we are full, that's it.

The movie is rated "R" for language and some violence.

Still not sure what it is or need our address? Call us at 221-4122.

Silver Linings 3

by Trevor - 1 Comment(s)

It's been a while but here's another dose of mediocre movies that still have that shining spot of greatness in them. Well...if not greatness then certainly something that justifies a viewing.

Sucker Punch was a film that I was incredibly excited for. I was a fan of director Zack Snyder after 300 and Watchmen and here was a movie that he had conceived of from the ground up. Too bad it was a bit of a mess. I don’t understand how you could go wrong with steampunk, dragons, and samurai but somehow he managed to. The amazingly creative concept however, makes the movie watchable, but only just.

Predators – Seen the original 1987 Predator with Schwarzenegger? 2010’s Predators is the same movie. Seriously! The tone, visuals, effects, music…everything is exactly the same. It feels nearly identical to the 80’s action flick (which in this day and age unfortunately makes the film feel a bit boring and archaic). Dull though the movie may be, the nostalgic faith to the original makes this movie worth watching for fans and newbies alike.

 

Straw Dogs failed to capture the attention of either audiences or critics. What it does capture however is the creepiness of redneck rural America. Though the performances are forced and the conclusion underwhelming, you’ll certainly think twice before visiting small town Mississippi. The tension it creates is as good a reason as any to watch this one.

Clash of the Titans tried to ride the coattails of the much better Greek action flick 300. Unfortunately, this movie wasn’t nearly as good. A weak 3D cash-in that followed the clichéd adventure model to a fault, Clash would have been nigh unwatchable except for one small thing…Liam Neeson playing Zeus and shouting RELEASE THE KRAKEN! An incredibly quotable line and a silver lining if I’ve ever seen one!

 

Make sure to check out Silver Linings 1 and Silver Linings 2 for more bad films with great parts.

Something mediocre I missed that has a shining spot of excellence? Send a comment and we'll see if it can be added it to a future list.

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