The review for an action/comedy movie starring The Rock, Stiffler and Christopher Walken should write itself. The casting choices are more transparent than those in the upcoming Jackie Chan/John Cleese/Schwarzenegger vehicle, as if the executives at Universal got together over drinks one night and asked each other, “Who are the most bankable but mismatched stars… Continue reading The lowdown on the Rundown
Life has taken a major turn for Canada’s beloved Buck 65 since his milestone record deal with Warner Brothers. Just over a year ago, he often performed in small urban bars with bad sound systems, small audiences and little money. Today his music videos air on Much Music and it’s one sold-out show after another.… Continue reading Buck 65 talks about change
Scott Moodie is a nutjob, but then again so are the rest of the Snitches. Their performance at the Liberty Lounge Thu., Sept. 18, though played to a small crowd, incited something of a riot at the front of the stage. The music was loud and rambunctious and the energy they played with was absolutely… Continue reading Can you trust the Snitches?
Watch smoke curl in the air as it drifts across beams of light, illuminating a jazz quartet belting out cool jazz. Listen to a baby-faced trumpeter singing softly into the microphone, playing old standby pieces in a way that stops conversation cold. Chet Baker sang with a simplicity that made familiar songs ambiguous and enchanting,… Continue reading Sex, drugs and jazz
With projection screens in the foreground and picturesque mountains in the background, what more could anyone ask for in a movie watching experience? If your answer is Vin Diesel, you probably would not have enjoyed the Seven Minute Film Fest. Once again showcasing the best, brightest and shortest in independent film, the Canmore Seven Minute… Continue reading Meanwhile… in the mountains
For many Canadian singer/song- writers, the road to stardom is a rocky one. For Colin James, it was destiny. James started with his first electric guitar at the tender age of 10 and by 14, he was in an Irish-bluegrass band called Sod Hut. "At 13 I was playing the mandolin and then at 16… Continue reading Colin James finishes this section off
Another year, another 250 films in 10 days. The Calgary International Film Festival begins this week and has been expanded to 10 days running Sept. 26-Oct. 5. The festival is an event well worth attending, whether you plan on seeing as many films as possible or just one. With the diverse selection of movies including… Continue reading The Calgary International Film Festival
As part of a continuing mission to keep culture alive in Calgary, the Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club will be hosting the release of Ralf Buschmeyer and John Hyde’s new disc, Manic Thematic. For a mere $20, ($25 at the door), attendees will receive a copy of the disc and be treated to some… Continue reading Ralf Buschmeyer and John Hyde interviews
A new genre is rising, Woody Allen for the boom’s echo. When you think Woody Allen, you think of a movie that baby boomers watch about people their age, being neurotic and doing what boomers do. Now, Allen has brought that to today’s generation with Anything Else, it’s our time to enjoy the Woody Allen… Continue reading Anything Else?
There’s something about laughter that’s wonderful and powerful at the same time. Just ask Val Lieske, artistic director of Fire Exit Theatre. "I think theatre is a very powerful medium, especially comedy," she says. "It just has the power to have people come in to this dark room and share this common experience and to… Continue reading Fire Exit Theatre