A definite surprise at the box office this weekend, with a venerable franchise managing to claim the top spot against an animated classic making its way back on to the screen. Here’s how the weekend went down.
Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth film from Milla Jovovich and producer/director Paul Anderson hit the number one spot this weekend with $21 million. While it’s not amazing money, the smallest opening weekend take for the franchise, and down from what we predicted, it still shows that there’s some life left in the series. While not guaranteed, a sixth film is already pretty likely.
Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump.
Last week the Queen and I had a chance to watch the Canadian indie comedy Moon Point, staring Nick McKinlay, Paula Brancati, Kyle Mac and Kristen Gutoskie and directed by Sean Cisterna. The film follows 23-year old Daryl and his friend Femur on a quest to find Daryl’s elementary school would-be sweetheart, Sarah Cherry, now an actress filming a horror movie in…Moon Point. Traveling via a wagon hooked up to Femur’s electric wheelchair, along the way the duo meet up with an eccentric cast of characters, including the freespirited Kristen.
I dug the trailer for the film right when I saw, and the Queen and I wound up enjoying Moon Point quite a bit. The script is funny, the acting across the board is solid, and the landscape is pretty darn gorgeous; it is Canada, after all. The movie doesn’t go where you think it will, which made it even more of an enjoyable watch.
Check out the trailer for Moon Point below, and then after the jump you can watch our exclusive interview with Sean Cisterna, Nick McKinlay and Paula Brancati from the film. Our chat was a lot of fun, as you’ll see. The three of them had a natural chemistry and I believe it shows up.
Sun Domingo are a Florida based Alternative-Progressive Rock band who have released 2 albums and have toured North America and Europe over the past several years, slowly building a strong steady following with their catchy, thoughtful and intense styles. This tight 4-piece band features Kyle Corbett on Vocals and Guitar, Edgel Groves Jr on BVox and Guitar, Daniel Gordon on Bass, Keys and BVox, and Rodrigo Velente on Drums. At times they fall into Crowded House territory and other times they are more King Crimson.
With 4 excellent singers their harmonies are fantastic both on record and in a live setting. My first introduction to the band was in 2009 when they opened for Marillion at their first North American Convention. It was an impressive set of material that caught everyone’s attention. Two years later, on Friday April 8 2011 my band Tempus Fugit played a show with Sun Domingo at Brutopia in Montreal during the afternoon prior to the first night of the 2nd North American Marillion Convention. The band returned to Canada in December 2011 where they played their entire 2nd album Songs For End Times, as well as all of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. The Toronto show was impressive to say the least.
Following my interview with Steve Rothery and Pete Trewavas of Marillion on Wednesday June 20, 2012, I caught up with Kyle Corbett (Vocals, Guitar) and Edgel Groves Jr. (BVox, Guitar) prior to sound check as they just pass the half way point opening for Marillion on their current North American Tour. Read on after the break!
For fans of food-focused movies, documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi deserves a spot at the top of the list. The film explores Sukijabashi Jiro, a tiny sushi restaurant in the basement of an office building and it’s nearly 90 year old chef Jiro, known as perhaps the best sushi chef in the world. Despite the unassuming appearance of the restaurant, it is strictly reservations-only, with an extremely long waiting list for a table. Each meal lasts approximately 30 minutes and prices start around $300 depending on the types of fish available that particular day.
Despite the recent chill across much of the northeast of this continent, spring is still upon us. There’s landscaping to be done in the backyard and those colourful impatiens are now showing through. Warmer weather, I’m sure, is just around the corner.
So is the local comic book shop.
And that’s where we should all find our green thumb today – as we hit up something exotic. Something, oh, I don’t know, in the form of the beautiful and delicate orchid?
A black orchid, to be precise.
I was spoiled because of my 40th birthday last year and enjoyed a week at the San Diego Comic Con. This year, however, with a reno looming, I was looking for a cheaper and closer option. Narrowing down the options, I had to choose between Chicago’s C2E2 and the Boston Comic Con. C2E2 conflicted with Toronto’s Wizard World so Boston was the choice. My buddy John and I packed up the car last Friday and headed East.