Monthly Archives: March 2012
I had high hopes when I started out watching Martha Marcy May Marlene. I’d read the rave reviews for the story, for director and writer Sean Durkin’s work, Elizabeth Olsen’s inspired performance as a psychologically-damaged ingenue, freshly sprung from the arms of a charismatic cult leader. Unfortunately, and I am most definitely in the minority here, I found the movie a tad slow moving and slightly obscure. Additionally (and pettily) – and I’m just going to say it – I hate the title of this film.
Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Can Wrath Of The Titans Take Down The Hunger Games? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions, Weekend of March 30th, 2012
It’s going to be a very interesting weekend at the box office, that’s for sure. We’ve got two new releases looking to make a big noise, while last week’s champ will hope to hold onto the top spot. Of that, I have little doubt. So the question is – just how well will Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror fare going against The Hunger Games. Here are our predictions:
Rolling Stone Magazine is calling Jennifer Lawrence ‘America’s New Sweetheart’ thanks to her breakthrough role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Judging by the huge opening the film had last weekend, the title may just stick. In the meantime, we’ve got a taste of Lawrence’s next film, the horror flick House At The End Of Street, co-starring Elisabeth Shue. It’s the story of a mother and daugher who move into a new house, right next to door to one where a double murder took place.
Check it out and let us know if you’re interested in seeing House At The End Of The Street.
Are you watching Happy Endings? You should be. The comedic acting on this show is better than anything else on TV right now. The writing and all of the pop culture references are absolute perfection, but the best part of the show is the continuity and on-going schticks (Dave’s v-necks, Alex’s eating problem, “A-mah-zing”, “Bitch, it’s 5:30!”). For those of you who don’t watch the show, the season finale is next week so you have lots of time to catch up on Season One & Two before Season Three starts. For those of you who do watch the show and want some scoop on next week’s finale, keep reading…
Some interesting new music out there these days, not the least of which is Port Of Morrow by The Shins. Upon hearing the lead-off single, “Simple Song”, I immediately thought of The Beach Boys. From the production, vocal harmonies and falsetto, to the “Don’t Worry Baby” drum beat (actually a lift of Phil Spector’s “Be My Baby” drum sound) it felt like I was listening to a modern-day Brian Wilson composition. Diving deeper into the album that feeling persists as lead singer, guitarist and main songwriter James Mercer uses a vast array of studio tools to create modern, melodic and multi-layered songs with uplifting melodies that set the backdrop for his moody, albeit at times nonsensical, lyrics.
Avengers Vs Xmen? I, Vampire? Justice League Dark? The Mind (And The Collector) Is Conflicted With Crossovers This Week On The Wednesday Run – March 21, 2012
In the comic book industry, the big, company-wide, every-character-you-can-think-of-going-up-against-the-biggest-baddest-villian-imaginable-with-the-most-ultimate-of-stakes-on-the-line series is generally reserved for the summertime. It’s like sequential storytelling’s version of a popcorn-coma Michael Bay film.
Well, here in southern Ontario (and, actually, much of North America), we’ve had some exceptionally warm weather for the month of March. Maybe it’s that reason, then, that both Marvel Comics and DC Comics are getting their major story arcs in gear a little early this year.
And it’s causing a bit of a dilemma this Wednesday in terms of deciding what one comic a reader should pick up.
How can you decide between these three fascinating comics out today?