Category Archives: Movies

Here’s to the crazy ones…

In the screenwriting workshop last week, I told everyone I’d seen Paranoia.   Thankfully for free.  It wasn’t a great movie, in my opinion…  too many overt and obvious things, and even with Harrison Ford playing a decent character.  I did enjoy the future technology it presented and where the creators thought we were heading.  That was fun.

When I was talking about the film, someone said that I was jaded because I saw the flaws in it.  Someone else said they watch movies as an audience member, and then dissect the script as a screenwriter.  I analyze as I watch a film.

Then tonight I saw Jobs.

Jobs didn’t like flaws in the work either.

Yes, he was mostly an asshole who left people behind.

Yes, he demanded perfection to the point of anxiety.

Yes, he lost it all, and got it all back again.

And, like some fan boys with their super hero comic book films, I can now relate.  I have my film that I can fawn over.

I soldered components onto motherboards.

I wrote code in assembler.

I created space invader programs on a BASIC programming computer, that I hooked to my 13″ black and white TV screen, and backed up my programs to a tape cassette recorder, in 1984.

I was that girl.

I kinda fell in love with Steve Jobs.

I’m not totally convinced we are better off these days with our tethered lifestyles, but I can safely say he sold an ideal.  He sold the beautiful dream.

And he made the impossible possible for everyone.

 

 

 

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A movie For Every Year of My Life: 1977

So many good movies to choose from…

You can watch my selection for 1977 online in all it’s Lynchian glory. I saw it probably around 1995 for the first time, either at the Bytowne or the Mayfair. It was so messed up. So twisted and insane. I had no idea that movies could be so mental. It was amazing to watch.

I present to you a full version of:

Eraserhead

Release date: March 19, 1977 (A little off my “after my birth date”… but who cares, I’m making up this blog as I go along, including any self imposed rules and my prerogative to change what I want at will…  Oh, the false sense of power the Internet provides…)

Enjoy your dose of classic Lynch.

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NXNE End point…

Strange…  I thought this came through on Monday…  Guess not, so here’s the update.

See the last post for NXNE Days 1-3; on to…

Day 4 – a lazy morning, then a stroll up Yonge Street to see Old Stock, a sweet little Canadian film at the Carlton Theatre; lunch of bad Japanese food, then YDS for Big Black Delta (loved this band…two drummers and one was a lady!), Teenage Kicks, Millencolin (wow… alls to say there); then off to the Bovine Sex Club to meet up with my crazy friend Kid Rock… (apparently at one point, two people were having non-bovine sex in the women’s bathroom, dunno, didn’t see it…) and then came Dearly Beloved, Diemonds, and last but not least, Monster Voodoo Machine, which rocked it as their original lineup, with one of the guys coming all the way from Regina to play…A treat!

Day 5 – more low key…Checked out Laugh Sabbath, a short comedy film festival, which was fun; then Sunday Night Live at Comedy Bar; then hit one last show at The Garrison, a young band called Iceage, who keep their audience in the dark by playing in the dark…they were good, loud, and an appropriate end to an eventful week.

I’ll probably be writing up more indepth stuff as topics on anything I found interesting.

The highlight for me was attending the panels and once again seeing as much music and films as I could manage. There’s just so much going on, but I tried not to overlap with stuff I knew was coming through Ottawa (The Balconies, for example).

The vast majority of panels were very high quality and fun. Well worth the money of admission.

Great programming, I thought. The free booze Kobo party was pretty decent too. I wouldn’t hesitate to go again.


NXNE Midway Point…

Day 1 – Wednesday: Music at Cherry Cola’s – The Normals, The Standstills.

Day 2 – Thursday: Panels – From Thinking Like A Startup to Being One, Government Money for Projects: Fact or Fiction, Film Interactive, Women in Music: More Than Ever Before (w/ Auf der Maur who is an amazing lady); KOBO Party (with an open bar…) with Brendan Canning (DJ), Red Mass; Music at BLK BOX – Cellphone, Ell V Gore, No Joy.

Day 3: Friday: Panels – Sex Sells: Lessons from the digital underground, Re-imaging Work Reclaiming Your Life, Day Jobs That Don’t Suck, The Future of the Music Industry; Music at Yonge & Dundas Square – The National ; Music at Supermarket – Northcote, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs, The Matinee…

And the night is still young…

I managed to sneak in one more show at Cherry Cola’s before I called it a night and strolled home… I went to see The Rabid Whole. What’s interesting about going to see shows at Cherry’s is the diversity of people who show up. The Rabid Whole isn’t what I would call “easy listening”, more like “make-your-brain-vibrate-and-bleed hard listening”. Really great show… and so was sitting beside the woman with the Taylor Swift shirt on.

Fun times.


A Movie for Every Year of My Life: 1976

Wow…  1976 was a stellar year for movies…  Hard to choose just one that kinda spoke to me…

However, with the remake arriving this fall, again just after my birthday…

I choose Carrie!

1976: Carrie (from a favourite director Brian De Palma)

Release date: November 3rd, 1976

2013: Carrie (from director Kimberly Peirce)

Reboot release date: October 18th, 2013 (October 18th has always held this strange magic…  good things happen to me on that day, for some reason).

I really dig Stephen King’s older work.

1975


A Movie for Every Year Of My Life: 1975

Rocky Horror Picture Show…  I saw it the first time when I was 15 or so…  So classic.

Release date: September 26, 1975…

1974


CMW Day 6 – Small venues/Big shows

My last night in town, and I finally made it to Rivoli. Had a chat with the bar manager as I waited for the venue to open up. He’s been doing the Queen Street thing for 23 years. Working in different bars, as security and staff. Neat guy. Had many stories to tell. He was lamenting the fact that the young folks didn’t know who some of the old time musicians were… It was a funny conversation.

I saw Blackie Jackett Jr, Scott Kempner and Glen Matlock. There’s just something spectacular about seeing these musicians in small venues, on a stage with mostly their acoustic instruments. I was thoroughly impressed…

Had a chat with Jimmy, from Blackie Jackett Jr., and his wife about music and movies and such. I thought they should come and play in Ottawa, for sure. They’re the kind of band who would totally fit on the Bluesfest River Stage and probably draw a significant crowd. They have this contemporary rockabilly sound with some catchy lyrics that made you want to sing along.

About movies, Jimmy said he’s been kicking around some short film ideas, and I was telling him about Digi60 180 and that they were looking for filmmakers from other cities. He wanted to see some of the stuff I’d been working on, so I’m going to send him my work. Could be fun to do a collaboration with him.

Then I finished out the week meeting up with Ian again at Bovine. Interesting lad. He was making some broad assumptions about why I had chosen to come to CMW and he thought that I would have more interest in NXNE. That may be true… But the way I see it, I’m a fan of music, and I would much rather see musicians in small venues sometimes… There’s less BS and I can actually see them and maybe even talk to them after. Going to a huge concert is fun too, but I’ve always enjoyed smaller shows. Makes it more real and interactive.

I’ll probably do one more entry about CMW as a wrap up about this incredible experience. Stay tuned.