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January 19, 2006
  Film Review: Sex, drugs and twangPDF files may take a moment to load

The short days of January are the big leagues for cliches. It's always during the first few lectures when profs pull out their dusty ol' colloquialisms and use them anew. Meanwhile, every student is heard spouting the same old resolutions about better study and sleeping habits. But not even the most blow-hard history prof could beat The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico. The film is to the cliche Olympics what Kenyans are to marathons.

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September 08, 2005
  Movie Review: Ruined last days don't ruin Last DaysPDF files may take a moment to load

Gus Van Sant movies always create a buzz. When Elephant came out in 2003 there was great talk of his haunting scenes of a school shooting, while 1991's My Own Private Idaho is first to come to mind when talking of hustlers and wasted youth. Now Van Sant has joined forces with the likes of dead rock stars and Michael Pitt to present Last Days, a movie many people are talking about once again.

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April 14, 2005
  Movie Review: The best goddamn hustle in the bizPDF files may take a moment to load

Walking into Kung Fu Hustle, it's difficult to know what to expect. The title and trailer for the film promised many people getting punched, kicked and hit with things, but the hype remained ambiguous. Considering the movie actually has the words "kung fu" in the title, most would anticipate a cut-and-dry martial arts punch-fest about a pupil avenging the death of his master or some such.

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April 14, 2005
  Movie Preview: Calgary's own undergroundPDF files may take a moment to load

Let's say all the Jennifers, Toms and Micheals disappear. Now take away the millions of dollars, the egos, the huge movie companies, flashy directors and superficial filmmakers and what's left? Underground movies willing to stray from the norm and provide original and authentic entertainment.

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March 31, 2005
  Movie Review: Definitely worth going to Hell forPDF files may take a moment to load

Visit lovely Basin City. See soaking remains of men pounded into the floorboards; hear the crackle of staccato gunfire in dark alleyways; marvel at noir grotesquerie painted with dollops of jaw-dropping nudity, blanched blood and steely one-liners.

Visit, but don't stay. It's murder trying to live in Sin City.

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March 31, 2005
  Movie Review: Scraping goodness inside of Deep ThroatPDF files may take a moment to load

Sex sells. It always has and always will. The industry nets $57 billion worldwide every year. Inside Deep Throat takes a long, hard look at the history of pornography by examining one of its most infamous and financially successful films.

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March 24, 2005
  Movie Review: Time bendingly brilliantPDF files may take a moment to load

A haunting sense of paranoia accompanies the conclusion of Primer, the eerie fulfillment of director/writer/lead actor Shane Carruth's sagacious take on modern life and science. Carruth, with his background in mathematics and corporate engineering, seems to have filled in all the variables. The movie's fractals dance is a masterpiece that can communicate a sense of ethics without preaching.

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March 24, 2005
  Movie Interview: How I learned to love the zombiePDF files may take a moment to load

'Horror films are the teat upon which I was weaned," says Hussein Juma, writer and director of the soon-to-be-completed 16MM zombie short School of the Dead. Created by his graduating film class at SAIT, the project fulfills Juma's long-standing dream of becoming a horror filmmaker. Certainly as early as junior high CALM 20 class where he openly admitted his aspirations, Juma has been a longtime fan of the horror genre and blood and gore.

"When I see that kind of stuff I feel giddy like a school girl."

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March 17, 2005
  Movie Review: Phil the Alien cool in that Canadian wayPDF files may take a moment to load

If someone were to list the coolest things ever, aliens, talking beavers, hot French girls and shadowy government agencies would definitely appear. It stands to reason a movie with all of these elements rolled into one neat little package has enough concept-driven strength to carry it through two hours. This unapologetically Canadian epitome of awesome is Phil the Alien.

The first full-length foray by the Ontario-born Rod Stefaniuk, Phil the Alien, pulls no punches with its random, irreverent sense of humour.

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