Sunday, February 04, 2007
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Lazy Bloggers of the World Unite!
In the meantime, this man can get you a drink while you wait.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
The These Girls tour of Spain started off in Valencia. Even thought I was in Valencia for less than 24 hours I felt like I was there longer. Thanks to Carlos - our translator and guide - we learned more in a few hours than I usually learn in a year. Here is a photo of Carlos with Diana Sanchez - intrepid Toronto Film Festival Programmer and Film Circuit representative in Spain. We are standing on the top of the medieval gates of Valencia, while modern European progress looms in the background.
The screenings were held at the La Filmoteca and if I ever get any of the photos of me introducing the film - employing my halting and stuttering Spanish - I will post them. The screening went very well, and even with electronic subtitles (the dialogue appears at the bottom of the screen on a led type display) the humour translated and the audience really got into it. After the screening we all went out to dinner with the nice people from the La Filmoteca. Strangely enough I was not treated to Paella, which Valencia is famous for, but to some very nice French cuisine. However, Carlos - that walking encyclopedia - did give me a thorough run down of all the aspects of paella (type of rice, type of water, types of meats, how the surf and turf mix, which is now common, was a modern thing, etc.) Here we are after dinner, mugging for the camera. Thanks so much to everyone at La Filmoteca.
A true testament to Europe's sense of civilization - a sense that we barbarians in North America have never understood - is the train service. Here is my breakfast on the train (Renfe) from Valencia to Madrid - I love the tiny bottle of olive oil. It was hard to come back to the cattle cars that are offered on Via Rail, here in Canada, and Amtrack in the US.
Then it was on to Madrid and the screenings there. I was joined by Cam Haynes, mastermind behind The Film Circuit, and Sean Garrity director of Lucid, another fine Canadian film showing in Madrid. Here is Sean and Cam in the glass elevator of the Reina Sophie Museum - yes we took in some culture, Picasso's Guernica was showing with all the preparatory sketches. A grim and powerful reminder of the horrors of war - Guernica at the museum and Middle East crisis playing on CNN back at the hotel.
I don't want to make it seem like Spain is nothing but food and lions with big cojones but I do think that if you had to sum up the place in a word it would be - Jamón.
Monday, July 31, 2006
Mexico City Wrap-up
Above is a photo of the center courtyard at la Cineteca National - what a great place to watch a movie. Thanks to Ana Cruz Navarro, Mariana Padilla Lopez and Roberto Garza for hosting the festival and for taking such good care of us.
Thanks to the Canadian Embassy, Jeff Marder, Luis Archundia (academic Affairs and Audiovisual Industry Relations Officer) and The Film Circuit, Robin Rhodes and especially our driver (on loan from the Embassy) Ernesto.
Pictured here from left to right (and standing in front of The Beast). Ernesto, Jeff Marder, Robin Rhodes and Luis Archundia.
It was amazing to watch Ernesto maneuver The Beast through the crowded and crazy streets of the city. A space the size of a Volkswagen would open up beside us in full on speeding traffic and Ernesto would miraculously change lanes - every time I was sure there would be the sickening sound of metal on metal - but we bobbed and weaved through improbably calamitous situations with the grace of a gazelle. Ernesto had the manner of a true zen master, he never broke a sweat, and he never raised his voice - I never saw even a hint of stress cross his face.
I am awaiting some more lively photos to be emailed to me, so stay tuned for more Mexico stories.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Screening Alert! - Mexico City
Sí, Estas Chicas mostrarán en Ciudad de México el 28 de julio. Si usted conoce a alguien que vive allí los avisan. El screeenings estará en el Cineteca Nacional el 28 de julio en 14:30 y 19:00. Yo deberé introducir allí también la película y contestar preguntas. He tenido unos días para practicar mi español en España entonces estoy listo para casi algo.
(Warning this is a machine translation)
Friday, July 07, 2006
Down Under July 12th
Roo #1 "What's that Roo 2? These Girls is now available on DVD even in the outback?"
Roo #2 "That's what I'm saying - and pouch size as well"
Roo #1 "You don't say?"
Roo #2 "I do say"
Okay that's pretty bad but you try to imagine what Kangaroos might be thinking. This may have to become a regular feature here at thesegirlsblog. Matter of fact come back here on Monday and see the two Roos discuss Misandry as it manifests itself in both the text and subtext of These Girls.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Spain in July - Estas Chicas
Wednesday July 12th at 8:00
Screening takes place at
Thursday July 13th at 8:05
Saturday July 15th at 10:30
Screening takes place at Cine Doré
Las fechas y los tiempos para las proyecciones de Estas Chicas en España son como sigue.
Miércoles, 12 de Julio 20:00
Jueves, Julio 13 (20:05)
Sábado, Julio 15 (22:30)
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
What's a Little Nudity?
*The following contains mild spoilers*
There certainly has been quite a buzz and reaction to David's nudity - both positive and negative. Some have gone as far as suggesting that David was manipulated into going as far as he did. This is an excellent rumor and maybe one which I should go along with (I could play the role of the cynical puppet master). Unfortunately, for me, the truth is less dramatic. David was very much in control of the situation – he is, after all, a very experienced and intelligent actor. The ‘jewelry box’ was his idea (I wish it was mine). In the context of the film I still think the nudity is pretty innocent stuff and I know that David wanted to have fun with the role. He knew it would be funny and he had the smarts and the guts to play it funny (with a little edge). I know there are ‘still frame’ images out there that appear to be very revealing but that’s not the movie – in the context of the film the scene is funny and a tease.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Yukon Film Festival
Sunday, May 21, 2006
This is what it is all about
Check it out at http://forums.prospero.com/foxbones/messages?msg=2599.1
Careful, because if you haven't seen the film this discussion does contain SPOILERS. Best to watch the film, then get in on the discussion.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
DVD Warning !
*It looks like Amazon.ca will ship to the US - so just point and clic.*
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
May 16th, 2006
The DVD of These Girls is now available all over North America so now there is no excuse for not having seen it (except if you live in the rest of the world).
Ask for it at your local rental place or put it on your Netflix list (or Zip.ca list in Canada) - or you can buy it online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other online retailer.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Maryland Film Festival
I've been to this festival before and it is a lot of fun so I will be there to introduce the film and drink any free beverages that might be on offer. The program this year looks to be pretty interesting and they run a series of films presented and introduced by prominent people - this year includes John Waters (one of Baltimore's more (in)famous exports), Matthew Modine and Branford Marsalis.
The last time I was there I received a wooden crab hammer in my gift bag and I have cherished it ever since. I can't wait to see what we get this year. There should be a blog just for festival swag - as I an writing this I am wearing a pair of shoes provided by a viral marketing company at The Toronto Film Festival. Although nothing beats a crab hammer - great when dealing with hard shelled sea food and also handy in a dark alley when your 'next project' starts falling apart. Bring it on Baltimore.
Or you can use your teeth.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
A Peek Behind the Curtain - DVD
We recorded the commentary in Toronto in March and this is an actual photo from the session – I kid you not. This is a photo of film stars without digital effects.
A curious aside – I had been up half the night before socializing and hadn’t had time to eat breakfast before our early morning session – my stomach was growling so loud the microphone was picking up the sound and I could hear it in my headphones. I hope the sound engineer cut most of that out but I think we actually talk about it at one point. (No, that is not a plane landing on the building).
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Whose birthday is that?
Thursday, April 13, 2006
That DVD feeling! May 16, 2006
This could be the biggest scandal since they airbrushed what's her name's what's its name.
I think there should be a special edition where the shirt is actually a sticker which you can peel off once you get the DVD home from the store (if you are into those things).
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Hey, the spellcheck on this blog doesn't recognize the word 'blog'. Is that ironic or what?
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Philadelphia Film Festival Wrap-up
As well, they really know how to take care of their guests at The Philadelphia Film Festival - hats off to Guest Services. The Consulate General of Canada in Philly even had a little get together in the name of all things Canadian at the festival. A fun time was had by all.
Friday, March 31, 2006
*A little known fact: In his time, Stanislavski's original ideas on "Method Acting" were considered progressive because they replaced earlier techniques involving pliers, metal clips and steel cages.
Friday, March 24, 2006
The Toronto Star
The Calgary Sun
The Georgia Straight
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
How Do We Rate?
In Alberta - once upon a time, a very Liberal province for film Classification - we get the 18A - you can't see this film without an adult if you're are under 17. I myself can't imagine too many 15, 16, or 17 year olds going out to the movies with parents or aunts or legal guardians. Here is what they had to say about the content - which, to me, sounds more like a list of selling points to the teen audience than a warning.
Frequent use of the sexual expletive, some in a sexual context; frequent use of crude sexual language
Infrequent weapons and hand-to-hand violence-some blood
Portrayal of sexual activities between adults and minors-no nudity
Buttock nudity in a non-sexual context
Frequent portrayals of illegal drug use for recreational purposes involving minors
The journey towards maturity
The exploration of adolescent sexuality
Using sexual power to manipulate others
In Ontario - which has had a very conservative classification policy in the past - we rate 14A. If you are under 14 you need to call your favorite uncle who likes to corrupt his nieces and nephews.
In British Columbia we rate 18A as well but they have by far the most detailed breakdown of "contentious material". Also they get the award for using the most outdated terminology. Who says 'fisticuffs' these days? - I guess it is 'British' Columbia. Read on...
The determinative classification rationale was sexually suggestive scenes involving minors. The following is a list of the most contentious material noted by classification staff:
- Approximately four sexually suggestive scenes involving minors;
- Nude breasts and buttocks in a sexual context.
In addition to the foregoing content, classifiers noted the following:
- Approximately 91 instances of coarse language including blasphemy;
- Three instances of drug use depicting characters smoking marijuana;
- Fisticuffs including a character being hit in the head with a tire iron.
What I can't understand is how buttock nudity can be 'in a sexual context' for one person and in a 'non-sexual context' for another? Maybe I am showing my naive side.
Here are links to a couple of articles about the film that came out in the last few days.
MSN Sympatico + The Edmonton Sun
Monday, March 20, 2006
Courting Controversy - Nuts to You
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
How Much Fun Was That?
Later we had a few drinks at the reception and met this friendly fellow to whom Holly took a shine.
This is me and Lorraine Hopkins from the Film Circuit vying for the big guy's attention. I have to admit that he did have a smooth soft face.
More on Kingston in the coming days.
Friday, March 03, 2006
"This is a funny, funny film."
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Soundtrack Fact - The Von Zippers
Monday, February 27, 2006
Behind the Scenes - Donnell MacKenzie
Photo courtesy of Colin Berry