Monthly Archives: June 2012

Beardface Quickie: Five Favourite Films…

DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB for its brilliantly irreverent screenplay and Stanley Kubrick’s sharp direction. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND because of Charlie Kaufman’s inventive script and Michel Gondry’s low-fi special effect magic. THE LONG GOODBYE sates my love of the noir and then there’s Robert Altman’s fluid style and groundbreaking sound. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is the work of true auteur and genius Wes Anderson, where everything is beautiful from the words to the compositions. And, finally, DIE HARD because it is the best action movie ever made with flawless set-pieces and great characters. Yippee-ki-yay, MFers!

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Gramps: Hatfields & McCoys is Good Ole TV

In Hatfields & McCoys we are given an authentic, gritty look at the thirty-year feud between the two legendary families. While Kevin Costner is the stand-out, the rest of the cast’s performances grow on you and, by the middle of the first episode, have you fully immersed into the 1880’s West Virginia/Kentucky border. Since it was written for TV, the usual cliff-hangers tend to give the show an ebb and flow feel—almost like hiking to the top of a mountain but turning back because you ran out of time. Yet, the series’ shortcomings do not detract from the fantastic story, beautiful landscapes, the character development or, in short, the look and feel of Virginia/Kentucky at the end of the 19th Century. Continue reading

Gramps Declares Goon the New Hockey King

Having missed Goon in theatre, I obviously was in no rush to watch (what I assumed to be) a tw0-hour dick joke that takes place in a hockey rink. Just recalling memories of Seann “Double N” Scott from American Pie and Dude, Where’s My Car? already had me in a semi-depression. Surprisingly, I got much what I expected: a two-hour dick joke on ice. Yet, it’s a very funny, well crafted, and incredibly satisfying dick joke. Michael Dowse, from Fubar fame, utilizes Scott in a way that doesn’t clash with the film’s wonderful writing and strong performances by downplaying his frat-boy persona. Thus, Scott’s restraint allows the film’s production values to shine, bringing Hollywood-esque, big-market visuals and ‘citment to the small-ish screen while showcasing the potential of the hockey sub-genre  to our pals south of the border.  Continue reading

Beardface Says “You Have To Bite It,” Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Twelve Years A Slave

Twelve Years a Slave boasts one of the most impressive casts of any upcoming feature and Steve McQueen seems content adding even more big names. Or big names are just happy to join the acclaimed director’s third film. Either way, Benedict Cumberbatch is the newest star to board the adaptation that already features Michael Fassbender (McQueen’s Hunger and Shame muse), Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt.

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