Bully’s bully: a new low for MPAA ratings monopoly — Updated

Activist trends come and go—time will tell if KONY 2012 can have any lasting impact—but anti-bullying sentiment seems to have stuck around. A whole slew of anti-bullying campaigns have exploded into the cultural eye in the last 15 years, including recent Western guest Dan Savage’s ultra-successful social media campaign, the It Gets Better Project. The power…

Carnage is an annoying little film

I wasn’t quite sure who to like in Carnage, Roman Polanski’s annoying little film about two sets of wealthy Brooklyn parents bickering over their children’s schoolyard fight. Was it the women, demeaned to one-dimensional wrecks? Was it the men, miscast or otherwise reduced to unconvincing buddy-film cliché? Though Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet offer a…

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Top 10 Movies of 2011

There’s really nothing more subjective than top ten lists. We break them down and sketch them out and rearrange them like there’s some kind of science to it, while in the end, it’s all just a matter of opinion. But also, all those other critics are wrong and these are the year’s best movies. After…

Lars von Trier’s Melancholia is slow but artful

Melancholia is not for everyone. It is at times painstakingly art-house, unpleasant, and frustrating, but all the while beautiful, mesmerizing, and bewitchingly intense. I imagine that there will be a certain crowd who will turn away from the film – at least question their choice for the evening – within its first five minutes, a…

Gervais should be praised for subversive jabs

Kanye is right – the douchebags need a toast. While there was some of the usual glass-clinking going on at the Golden Globe Awards last Sunday, the praise was mixed for sophomore host Ricky Gervais. Some applauded his wise-cracks with a hesitant clap while others criticized the comedian for his supposed “bad form,” begging the…

BLUNDERS: Top 10 of 2010

We went with “blunders”, but this list might as well be called “2010’s biggest money-grabs” – more than half the items on this list consist of the favouring of money over art, quantity over quality. But that’s not to downplay the serious mistakes of the other items. Check out our list of money-grabs and plain…

MOVIES: Top 10 of 2010

It’s not often that the best movie of the year is also the movie with the best box office numbers, but 2010 was one of those years. In fact, last year saw some of the most popular and most talked-about films became the best of the entire year. Check out the year’s 10 best movies…