Tag: Cancon

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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DVD: Our Man Flint – Dead on Target (1976)

DVD: Our Man Flint – Dead on Target (1976)

September 28, 2014 | By

It may be that Fox had wanted to follow up their popular Flint film series – Our Man Flint (1966) and In Like Flint (1967) – with a scaled down, less costly TV series, but this Vancouver-made pilot ranks as one of the worst CanCon productions around. It’s no surprise any hope of a series were thwarted by this stillborn concoction which showed little imagination or directorial skill…

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DVD: Quintet (1979)

DVD: Quintet (1979)

September 10, 2014 | By

In almost every occasion where Robert Altman’s tackled a specific film genre – western, sci-fi, comedy, and thriller – the results unfold like a director not just attempting to redefine the genre with his own loose approach to its tropes, but denying some of the elements that standardize a genre…

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Paul Walker and Parkour in Brick Mansions + Distribution Quirks

Paul Walker and Parkour in Brick Mansions + Distribution Quirks

August 27, 2014 | By

Review of Paul Walker’s last complete film performance in the Luc Besson produced Brick Mansions (2014) from VVS Films + some editorial blather on distribution quirks.

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DVD: Sexcula (1974)

DVD: Sexcula (1974)

May 21, 2013 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / S . Film: Good/ DVD Transfer: Very Good/ DVD Extras: Standard Label:  Impulse Pictures / Synapse Films / Region: 0 (NTSC) / Released: April 9, 2013 Genre: Adult / Horror-Comedy / CanCon Synopsis: Mad scientist Dr. Fellatingstein calls upon cousin Countess Sexcula to help her sexually inert creation […]

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