Tag: Cancon

DVD: Funny Farm, The (1983)

DVD: Funny Farm, The (1983)

August 19, 2017 | By

Not to be confused in any way with the 1988 Chevy Chase film, this CanCon production predated the Tom Hanks drama Punchline (also 1988) in examining the world of standup comedy, albeit through the lenses of goofy glasses. The cast of comedians is perhaps a key reason the film managed to sneak its way to DVD via Code Red, treating it with affection…

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Film: Gas (1981)

Film: Gas (1981)

August 19, 2017 | By

When the second oil crisis hit North America after the Iranian Revolution and supply was taken down a notch, causing  prices at the pump stations to balloon, a few filmmakers exploited the paranoia. Americathon (1979) poked fun at a broken U.S. economy, while the CanCon cult film The Last Chase (1981)…

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Film: Dirty Tricks (1981)

Film: Dirty Tricks (1981)

August 19, 2017 | By

There may have been an earnest effort to successfully translate Thomas Gifford’s novel “The Glendower Legacy” to the big screen, but perhaps by being a classic CanCon tax shelter production, that earnestness was severely diluted, with the final product being a dismal attempt at wacky comedy and political commentary…

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National Canadian Film Day (and Where Things Should Be By Now)

National Canadian Film Day (and Where Things Should Be By Now)

April 19, 2017 | By

The 3rd annual National Canadian Film Day, and more thoughts on where I’d hoped things would be in terms of accessible CanCon.

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Film: Kings and Desperate Men (1981)

Film: Kings and Desperate Men (1981)

May 2, 2016 | By

As co-writer/ director Alexis Kanner recounted in a live 1984 interview at Britain’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Theatre, Edmund Ward’s original story and script needed a bit of goosing, transforming it from a TV-level hostage drama to something with greater feature film scope, but an assortment of challenges ultimately hindered…

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The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul — Book Signing Oct. 24

The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul — Book Signing Oct. 24

October 23, 2015 | By

Book signing alert: yours truly (plus other excellent writers) will be signing copies of the new U of T book “The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul” this Sat. Oct. 24 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox + imminent podcast details.

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Thoughts on National Canada Film Day + Canada Screens

Thoughts on National Canada Film Day + Canada Screens

April 29, 2015 | By

Some thoughts on Reel Canada’s National Canadian Film Day, and how to improve fledgling CanCon online channel Canada Screens.

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DVD: Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

DVD: Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

January 18, 2015 | By

Mike Myers was likely compelled to direct this film (with Beth Aala) because Shep Gordon is more than an artist manager: he’s the man who invented some of the attention-getting tactics which aided clients like Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Arnold, Emeril Lagasse, Mick Fleetwood, Teddy Pendergrass, and Anne Murray boost their careers…

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Going to Pieces over A Bloody Birthday

Going to Pieces over A Bloody Birthday

December 30, 2014 | By

Blu-ray review of Ed Hunt’s Bloody Birthday (Severin) + from the archives Adam Rockoff’s doc Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006), and more review updates.

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BR: Bloody Birthday (1981)

BR: Bloody Birthday (1981)

December 30, 2014 | By

American film school grad Ed Hunt found a career making B-movies when he ventured north of the 49th parallel and found private and government funds to produce an assortment of genre films, and while Hunt may be best remembered for one of the worst CanCon tax shelter films of the era, he nevertheless managed to show he could assemble material into a fluid narrative…

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