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Immortality be damned

By Rob Scherf

If Calgary’s nightlife has just one place that’s utterly stunning in its uniqueness, that place is Mortal Coil. Located in the heart of Mission, the Coil has been a fixture of Calgary culture for almost seven years, and shows no signs of slowing down. The first thing new visitors will notice is that Mortal Coil… Continue reading Immortality be damned

Kilkenny has curse of the irish

By Rob Scherf

As the maxim goes, if you’ve seen one Irish pub, you’ve seen ’em all. There’s always something familiar about walking into an “O’Gready’s” or “Goodtime McDonnel’s”, probably having to do with the standard-issue deep, dark wood furniture and Guinness on tap. It seems that these sickeningly congruent places are everywhere one turns these days, with… Continue reading Kilkenny has curse of the irish

Saddest music not so sad

By Rob Scherf

Thank God. With the release of The Saddest Music in the World, a Canadian artist finally has the balls to come right out and say we Canucks are a pretty moody bunch. And who is this trailblazing entrepreneur of fresh-air filmmaking? None other than cinematic lo-fi auteur Guy Maddin. Maddin’s delievers a strange mix of… Continue reading Saddest music not so sad

Seduction in small town Quebec

By Rob Scherf

I’m going to tell you straight up that I’m torn over this review. Part of me wants to rip Seducing Dr. Lewis to shreds because it’s godawfully boring, derivative and just plain unfunny. The other part of me, the angel on my shoulder if you will, is telling me to optimistically support independent Canadian cinema.… Continue reading Seduction in small town Quebec

Snap, crackle, suck

By Rob Scherf

I’m staring at my computer screen and I honestly have no idea what I’m supposed to be writing here. I saw Ginger Snaps 2 almost three weeks ago and every couple of days since then I’ve opened up the ol’ word processor and tried to get down my thoughts about it. The bitch is totally… Continue reading Snap, crackle, suck

28 Days Later

By Rob Scherf

In my mind, few more than three exceptional zombie movies have ever been made. It’s odd, the Italian horror explosion in the ’70s opened the door for about 100 hack directors to ply their trade with countless “cinematic” offerings featuring torrents of blood and legions of undead. These features were often only capable of supporting… Continue reading 28 Days Later

The Unicorns

By Rob Scherf

Oh, indie pop. With its swooning oohs and aahs, it’s too cutesy for its own good.  It’s stuck in the rut of Sgt. Pepper-era psych experimentation, enough that one could see the unimaginative likes of Elf Power and The Flaming Lips dominating the genre forever.  Then this summer, out of nowhere and with a flash… Continue reading The Unicorns

Bad Santa, good movie

By Rob Scherf

As the Christmas commercialization trend shows no signs of ever slowing down, it’s appropriate that Yuletide films have evolved into a uniformly cynical genre. After all, you’d be hard-pressed these days to find anybody watching It’s a Wonderful Life or, worse yet, A Christmas Carol, with their families come Christmas Eve. Yep, the proud tradition… Continue reading Bad Santa, good movie

Angels get their wings

By Rob Scherf

Let’s get one thing straight before I start the review: Falling Angels will not surprise you. There is not one twist in its plot and not one character ever progresses past his or her broadly painted stereotype. In fact, astute viewers will even be able to predict Falling Angels’ ending with great accuracy, even before… Continue reading Angels get their wings