This is legitimately the most attractive photo I could take of my lunch today at the CNE. Thanksgiving waffle (stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy). It actually wasn’t bad! #nofilter (at Canadian National Exhibition)
It’s been a long time coming - but I finally have all my rewards from The Polyphonic Spree Kickstarter! You may remember that I received my CD and certificate in the mail more than eight months ago - but the two disc DVD and CD combo pack is finally here!
I received a signed CD insert and added a signed DVD insert as well to my reward (both signed by Tim DeLaughter - lead singer of the Spree). I haven’t had an opportunity to watch the concert yet but I’m looking forward to digging in!
With “The Descendents" under their belt, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash tackle both writing and directing The Way Way Back - coming away with a film much lighter in nature.
The Way Way Back is about a 14 year old boy on vacation with his family (including his mother’s new boyfriend - played by Steve Carell) in a small beach town (trailer here). The film is chocked full of sincerity, and although the trailer makes the film seem like a typical comedy, the film isn’t afraid to take its time and stay in the moment.
Both films feel similar to one another by giving the characters real personalities that are relatable to the audience. The characters are well balanced with believable traits and motivations - realistic conversation and moments that come across as genuine. It comes highly recommended by me - it’s a fantastic film.
Tomorrow is the last day to check out Matt Ritchie’s solo show, Confero!
Not local? Don’t worry! You can browse the entire show online here.
Matt Ritchie is a genius.
Trailer: ‘Men, Women and Children' - Sept 6 (TIFF)
Directed by Jason Reitman, written by Jason Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson, starring Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson and Ansel Elgort.
This is definitely from the David Fincher trailer school, but it’s effective nonetheless. I’m excited to see Reitman bounce back from ‘Labor Day’ and back into his social commentary groove.
Bonus: Enjoy this GIF of Adam Sandler ordering an escort.
Transcendence was an exceptionally boring film. Playing off of concepts by Ray Kurzweil, Transcendence explores the singularity and the fear of becoming one with technology.
The conceit of the film is this - Johnny Depp, a scientist who has been studying and theorizing the singularity is shot with a bullet laced with radiation. After being given a death sentence - he puts his studies to use and attempts to upload his consciousness into the Internet. The film spirals out of control at this point and descends into insanity with nanotechnology and what is essentially a poorly constructed thriller.
The pacing of the film is terribly slow - each scene quietly plodding along from event to event. Time jumps all over the place and the evolution of the technology jumps dramatically over the course of the film. I can’t say I’d recommend the film at all, but I’d recommend Transcendent Man - a documentary about the futurist himself. You can read my review here.
Got this little guy in the mail on Friday! Thanks @lunartikjones - the Spectrum Cups turned out great! #3of45 #lunartik
Somehow even after watching Pain & Gain months ago - I never reviewed it. Which is a shame because in all honesty, I loved this film.
The film is loosely based on a true story about a group of body-builders who plan a kidnapping of one of the members of their gym to extort money from him. The film is by and large a comedy and not an action film, but instead of the corny action that usually comes from Michael Bay - I thought that the humour in the film was actually enjoyable, which may have stemmed directly from my love of Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as comedic catalysts in the film.
Say what you want about Michael Bay, Pain & Gain is completely self aware and it makes for a fantastically unique viewing experience. It’s almost like watching a Michael Bay film parodied by another director…only it’s actually Michael Bay behind the lens. He takes all of his tropes and turns them up ironically to tell a story that doesn’t require any of his stylistic choices. Every camera angle and beat in the film is presented in a way seems counter intuitive to telling such a simple story.
Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but do completely understand that it is not a great movie at all.