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Episode 52: TIFF Upper Lip

Corey, Greg, and Ryan are back with another week of TIFF talk – we’re sharing our thoughts on this year’s festival, and reviewing some of the films we got to see along the way.

Films Reviewed: Ten Year, Hardcore Logo 2, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Smuggler, From Up On Poppy Hill, The Silver Cliff, God Bless America, Monsieur Lazhar, Tyrannosaur, Violet and Daisy, Where Do We Go Now?

 
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Intro Clip: Ellie Goulding – Little Dreams
Outro Music: Who The Hell Do You Think You Are (Hard Core Logo OST)

Total run time: 1:05:05
File Size: 93.7MB

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09 2011

Episode 50: TIFF 2011 Preview: From Mom to Bobby Hill

CriticalMassCast turns 50 this week!  In honour of the special occasion, CMC hosts Corey Pierce and Gregory Ashman are pleased to be joined by guest host, Ryan McNeil of The Matinee podcast and web blog to discuss festival culture and their most anticipated films for the upcoming 36th Annual presentation of the Toronto International Film Festival running from September 8- September 18th in Toronto, Canada.

TIFF 2011 Films previewed: Shame, Urbanized, Hard Core Logo II, Extraterrestrial, Your Sister’s Sister, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, RampartSmuggler, God Bless America, From Up on Poppy Hill, Martha Marcy Mary Marlene, The Skin I Live In

 

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Intro music: Festival- Chuck Berry

Outro music: The Show- Lenka from the self-titled album, Lenka

Total Run Time: 1:32:17

File Size: 84.5 MB

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09 2011

Episode 38: ORANGE is the new red

As the Canadian federal election quickly approaches, CriticalMassCast offers up its last two cents on recent events which have seen Jack Layton’s NDP surging ahead of the Liberals as the new centrist party in the country.  We haven’t forgotten about our film/pop culture news though… Cindy is back on the show and gives us her views on Joe Wright’s “Hanna” and we also discuss recent Hobbit news, the final Harry Potter trailer, Hot Docs sensation “Beauty Day” and much more…

 

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Intro track- The Littlest Hobo theme song

Outro track- The Crystal Cat- Dan Deacon from the album Spiderman of the Rings

Total Run Time: 1:07:34

File Size: 61.9 MB

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04 2011

Episode 37: Hanna and other assorted movie epicness

Welcome back to CriticalMassCast for Episode 37!!  In this episode, Corey and Greg provide a full break down of director Joe Wright’s electronica-twinged action epic, Hanna starring Saorise Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett.  We follow up with a chat on what we have been watching lately including Corey’s recent trip to one of Toronto’s newest repertory theatres: The Toronto Underground Cinema for their Defending the Indefensible event- an exciting and unique film series that reinforces the value of film critique with a live debate on the value of a film before the screening, whether you love it or hate it.  Corey defends one of their recent offerings:  The Wachowski Brothers cult classic, Speed Racer.

Other films reviewed: Rubber, the Scream series, Arthur, Your Highness

 

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Intro Track: The Devil is in the Details- The Chemical Brothers- Hanna OST

Outro Track: Hanna’s Theme- The Chemical Brothers- Hanna OST

Total Run Time: 1:17:46

File Size: 71.2 MB

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04 2011

Episode 34: RIP, Liz

Greg, Cindy, Ryan and Corey bid farewell to screen legend, gay icon, and bona-fide superstar Elizabeth Taylor. Plus: a sneak peek at this year’s Hot Docs festival (featuring an in-depth look at Beauty Day), more film reviews, and a recap of Sarah McLachlan’s concert at Massey Hall.

TCM: 24-Hour Elizabeth Taylor Movie Tribute

Film Reviews
Beauty Day, How Do You Know, I Am Number Four, Jane Eyre, Dogtooth, The Village, PaulI Saw The Devil

Concert Reviews
Sarah McLachlan @ Massey Hall

 
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Beauty Day Trailer from Jay Cheel on Vimeo.

Intro Clip: Captain Planet Theme
Outro Music: Sarah McLachlan – Ice Cream

Total run time: 1:03:15
File Size: 92MB

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03 2011

Episode 28: We don’t need another hero… or do we?

In what will definitely be the final episode of 2010 (we just can’t get enough!), Cindy and I attempt all-out geek reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as well as the Walden Media cinematic abortion (spoiler?) that was The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  But what would the holidays be without the old classics?  We end off with a discussion of the Frank Capra classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the Soulpepper stage production of “A Christmas Carol” which is currently running in Toronto, Canada from December 6-30, 2010.

Happy Holidays and join us for the start of another year of CriticalMassCast in January when we tackle our top 10 films of 2010!!

 
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Intro Music: Bluebeard- from the album Four-Calendar Café (Cocteau Twins)

Outro Music: Nina’s Dream- Black Swan Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Clint Mansell)

Total Run Time: 1:04:42

File Size: 59.3 MB

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12 2010

Flashback: Holiday Cavalcade of Film!!

The Cast of "Peter's Friends"

Before we record and post our first anniversary show and final episode for 2010, we thought it would be fun to post our holiday show from last year where Ryan and I waxed nostalgic on the holiday films nearest and dearest to our Christmas hearts.  Some of the films we cover include: Peter’s Friends, The Holiday, A Christmas Carol, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Love Actually and even the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special... and that is just for starters!!

 

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Total Run Time: 53:18

File Size: 51.2 MB

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12 2010

Episode 23: TIFF Reviews, Part II

This week, we review 10 more films we saw at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival:

The Town ** & ***
Monsters ***
The Big Picture ****
Trigger ****
Special Treatment ** 1/2
Little White Lies ****
Les Amours Imaginaires *** & *** 1/2
The Conspirator *** 1/2
Ceremony **
Tabloid ***
The Trip * 1/2

* - Poor
** - Average
*** – Good
**** - Excellent

 

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Intro Music: The Knife – Pass This On
Outro Music: Dalida – Bang Bang

Total run time: 45:08
File Size: 65MB

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10 2010

Episode 22: TIFF Reviews, Part I

This week, we review 10 films we’ve seen during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival:

The King’s Speech ****
Amazon Falls **
The Illusionist
****
Rabbit Hole
***1/2
Easy A
***
Beginners ****
Norwegian Wood
*** 1/2
Meek’s Cutoff
***1/2
Blue Valentine
**1/2
Kaboom ** 1/2

* – Poor
** – Average
*** – Good
**** – Excellent

 
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Total run time: 45:52
File Size: 44MB

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10 2010

Episode 20: TIFF Preview

We’re back! And just in time for the Toronto International Film Festival. This week is all about the TIFF buzz in the city – and we discuss which films we’re looking forward to seeing most.

 

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Total run time: 48:08
File Size: 46.3MB

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09 2010

Episode 19: Return of the 90s

The return of Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair has us waxing nostalgic for the 90s, a decade full of music we love/hate. We discuss the evolution of girl pop over the last two decades, review several new releases and TV shows, and provide an update on the TIFF 2010 gala presentations.

Concert Review: Lilith 2010
Film Reviews:
Despicable Me, Salt, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
DVD Reviews: Winter Light
(Criterion Edition), BBC’s Beautiful People
TV Reviews: Mad Men (Season 4), Pillars of the Earth

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The New York Times – Girl Pop’s Lady GaGa Makeover
Press Release - TIFF 2010 Gala Presentations

Intro Music: Sarah McLachlan – Building a Mystery
Outro Music: Lady GaGa – Bad Romance

Total run time: 1:07:27
File Size: 98.1MB

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10

08 2010

ESSENTIAL CINEMA AT TIFF’S BELL LIGHTBOX

A collection of artifacts and images from the history of film will be gathered together in Essential Cinema, the first exhibit to be held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Toronto Film Festival’s new downtown home. “This is truly a representation of what happens at the festival, a back and forth between programmers, the audience and conversations in line,” says Noah Cowan, artistic director of the Lightbox. “The pieces show the history of cinema, writ large. It’s a conversation with the audience on why film matters to us all.” The exhibit, which includes original scripts and storyboards, memorabilia and new art projects from artists such as Atom Egoyan and Guy Maddin, is free to the public and open during the entire film festival, from Sept. 9-19.  Read more about Noah Cowan’s favourite exhibit pieces in this National Post piece.

The Essential Cinema exhibition will transform the gallery spaces of TIFF Bell Lightbox into a journey through the Essential 100, TIFF’s list of the most influential films of all time. Bringing together iconic costumes, film stills, posters, music samples and film clips, the exhibition charts these works – all 100 of them – that have played such a key role in defining film culture for more than a century. Highlights include Robert De Niro’s cab license, used while researching his role in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976), original release posters from Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948) and Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), and original storyboards from Gone With the Wind (1939) depicting the evacuation of Atlanta. The exhibition will also include a special section, developed in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, exploring elements of the creative process behind Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller Vertigo (1958), from costume design to Saul Bass’ iconic title sequence.  Audiences will have at least two opportunities to see each of the films before the end of 2010.

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07 2010