Scott Pilgrim vs. The World review

Directed by Edgar Wright Written by Wright and Michael Bacall from the Bryan Lee O'Malley graphic novels. The backstory: Scott Pilgrim is an early 20-something dude living in Toronto. He doesn't have a job, but he plays bass in a rock band. He shares an apartment with a friend, Wallace Wells, who happens to be…Read More

The American review

Directed by Anton CorbijnWritten by Rowan Joffe from anovel by Martin BoothAh, there's nothing like a smart George Clooney thriller to make it feel like the fall, the season when Hollywood tends to deliver a more serious kind of movie. The American certainly qualifies as a serious effort. I can see it confounding some with…Read More

Hobo With A Shotgun first trailer

This appears in front of Machete, the new grindhouse picture opening today, directedby Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis.For those who don't know, Hobo With A Shotgun is the first feature from Jason Eisener, shotearlier this year in Dartmouth and Halifax. It stars Rutger Hauer as the vengeful fellow in the title. I was on set…Read More

A Bug and a Bag of Weed returns

Just a heads up for my Halifax peeps:The excellent independent film series Carbon Arc at the Khyber has beenbringing us all sorts of interesting films on Thursday evenings through the summer.(Check out former Coast film critic Mark Palermo's intro to Torque here.)Tonight they're showing A Bug and a Bag of Weed, a comedy shot in…Read More

Inception Wins Summer 2010

As I write this, August 2010 is about to turn to September. The summer is nearly done, and as such we can look back at the silly season of Hollywood film and assess what worked and what didn't. To be frank, I'm still catching up on the good, the bad and the ugly, so any…Read More

Auspicious Beginnings

In September 2005 I was getting my freelance journalism career up and running. I was freelance by necessity, not choice. I wanted to stay in Halifax and there weren't many full time gigs. Well, none that I'd landed. I interviewed at a few places, including a local commercial radio news station.I'd studied at the University…Read More