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Art DepartMENTAL’s Top 10 Favourite Films of 2011


Art DepartMENTAL's 2011 Top 10 Favourite Films- Tree of Life

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If there is anything I love more than production design it is film in and of itself. I see roughly 250-300 films a year so while I definitely have a bit of catching up to do I did engulf quite a few films last year. However, I’m still kicking myself that I have yet to see A Separation which I’ve been told is phenomenal. Perhaps once I see it this list will change but as of right now, on Oscar Sunday, here are my Top 10 Favourites of 2011! Don’t judge. Oh, okay, you can judge.

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LINKS & STUFF: Alice, Eve Stewart & Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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It’s time for our bi-weekly Links & Stuff post. If you want to stay in the loop before the weekend rolls around follow ADM on Twitter (@artdepartmental) and on our brand new Facebook page where we post all the latest and greatest Film, Art, Architecture and Production Design news. You can find the last Links & Stuff post here.

Robert Stromberg turns his Art Direction Oscar into the Mad Hatter.

Hold on… gag reflex kicking in… can’t write… *barf*

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  • The King’s Speech Controversy and Eve Stewart’s lying. Figured I had to mention this at some point. I don’t care what she did. I care that she lied about it. I felt a bit betrayed. Some interesting points were also made in the comments section. It seems most people do not understand art direction in the slightest. This needs to change.

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Interview with Joe Alves, Production Designer, of Spielberg’s Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Found this while updating our Art DepartMENTAL YouTube channel. Enjoy!

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Thoughts? Have you come across any fascinating links, stories or articles this week that you would recommend?

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Rose XO.
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The 31st Genie Award Nominations Are…

The Genie Award nominations were announced this morning. For the international readers, the Genie Awards are basically the Canadian Academy Awards. Unlike the Brits though we only nominate from within. The awards will be handed out March 10th in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre. A lot of you out there have not seen any of these films. Hell, most Canadians haven’t even seen these films BUT the point remains- we should.

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Incendies, Directed By: Denis Villeneuve

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I am very surprised by the Best Picture nominees as one of my top ten films of the year happened to actually be Canadian (Trigger, directed by Bruce McDonald) and didn’t make the cut which is absolutely ludicrous. This was a particularly great year for English Canadian cinema so I find it odd to see so many French language films once again. So I suppose what really shocked me is the English Canadian films that were chosen are fairly mainstream and generally not very good films. Incendies will absolutely win the category but it would have been a much more honest ‘race’ had they went with (in my opinion) Incendies, The Trotsky, Trigger, Defendor and I’ll leave the last option blank as I have many bias’. I have not seen 10 1/2 yet either so perhaps that film is great enough to deserve the nomination. While I do believe Xavier Dolan is a truly great filmmaker, Heartbeats is not nearly as good as I Killed My Mother. I can’t say much more without getting myself in trouble as I know too many people in the Canadian film industry who might take offense but just know that the Best Picture nominations do not represent the very best in Canadian film. Like anywhere else politics have a lot to do with the nominations.

Also just wanted to give a big shout out to a film that I production designed and that is very close to my heart, At Home By Myself… With You, which received a nomination for Best Original Score. Congratulations go out to Keegan Jessamy and Bryce Mitchell (Bryce also produced the film). They are two ridiculously talented people and I wish them all the luck in the world on awards night.

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Trigger, Directed By: Bruce McDonald

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Here is essentially a list of some great Canadian viewing such as Trigger, Incendies and The Trotsky (… and, in my opinion, some not-so-great Canadian viewing re: Resident Evil: Afterlife among others).

BEST MOTION PICTURE
10 1/2 – Pierre Gendron
LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES / HEARTBEATS – Xavier Dolan, Carole Mondello, Daniel Morin
BARNEY’S VERSION – Robert Lantos
INCENDIES – Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
SPLICE – Steven Hoban

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION
XAVIER DOLAN – Les amours imaginaires / Heartbeats
RICHARD J. LEWIS – Barney’s Version
VINCENZO NATALI – Splice
PODZ – 10 1/2
DENIS VILLENEUVE – Incendies

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
BERNARD COUTURE – 10 1⁄2
RONALD PLANTE – Piché: entre ciel et terre / Piché: The Landing of a Man
CLAUDINE SAUVÉ – The Wild Hunt
ANDRÉ TURPIN – Incendies
STÉPHANIE WEBER-BIRON – Les amours imaginaires / Heartbeats

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
DENISE CRONENBERG – Resident Evil: Afterlife
MARIO DAVIGNON – The Trotsky
NICOLETTA MASSONE – Barney’s Version
PATRICIA MCNEIL – The Wild Hunt
BEVERLEY WOWCHUK – Gunless

ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
MICHELE CONROY – Splice
MONIQUE DARTONNE – Incendies
MATTHEW HANNAM – Trigger
VALÉRIE HÉROUX – 10 1/2
YVANN THIBAUDEAU – Piché: entre ciel et terre / Piché: The Landing of a Man

ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION / PRODUCTION DESIGN
GILLES AIRD – 10 1⁄2
ANDRÉ LINE BEAUPARLANT – Incendies
ARV GREYWAL – Resident Evil: Afterlife
MYRON HYRAK – FUBAR II
CLAUDE PARÉ, ÉLISE DE BLOIS – Barney’s Version

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP / MEILLEURS MAQUILLAGES
KATRYN CASAULT – Incendies
PAUL JONES, LESLIE SEBERT, VINCENT SULLIVAN – Resident Evil: Afterlife
ADRIEN MOROT, MICHELINE TRÉPANIER – Barney’s Version
HÉLÈNE-MANON POUDRETTE – The Wild Hunt
MARLÈNE ROULEAU, CJ GOLDMAN – Les sept jours du Talion / 7 Days

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SCORE
BRENDAN CANNING – Trigger
PASQUALE CATALANO – Barney’s Version
JONATHAN GOLDSMITH – High Life
KEEGAN JESSAMY, BRYCE MITCHELL – At Home, By Myself… With You
SOOK-YIN LEE, BUCK 65, ADAM LITOVITZ – Year of the Carnivore

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SONG
BUCK 65 – Year of the Carnivore – What’s Wrong With That?
MARY MILNE – The Trotsky – Already Gone
CHERIE PYNE – Crackie – Tender Steps
MARK SASSO, CASEY LAFORET, STEPHEN PITKIN – Grown Up Movie Star – West End Sky
PAUL J. SPENCE – FUBAR II – There’s No Place Like Christmas

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
JAY BARUCHEL – The Trotsky
PAUL GIAMATTI – Barney’s Version
ROBERT NAYLOR – 10 1/2
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT – High Life
FRANÇOIS PAPINEAU – Route 132

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
MARTIN DUBREUIL – 10 1/2
DUSTIN HOFFMAN – Barney’s Version
ALEXIS MARTIN – Route 132
CALLUM KEITH RENNIE – Gunless
ROSSIF SUTHERLAND – High Life

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
LUBNA AZABAL – Incendies
TATIANA MASLANY – Grown Up Movie Star
MOLLY PARKER – Trigger
ROSAMUND PIKE – Barney’s Version
TRACY WRIGHT – Trigger

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
SONJA BENNETT – Cole
ANNE-ELIZABETH BOSSÉ – Les amours imaginaires / Heartbeats
MINNIE DRIVER – Barney’s Version
TERRA HAZELTON – FUBAR II
MARY WALSH – Crackie

ACHIEVEMENT IN OVERALL SOUND
CHRISTIAN COOKE, STEVE MOORE – Defendor
LEON JOHNSON, STEPHAN CARRIER, KIRK LYNDS – High Life
MICHEL LECOUFLE, DANIEL BISSON, LUC BOUDRIAS, JEAN-CHARLES DESJARDINS – Les sept jours du Talion / 7 Days
JOHN THOMSON, ANDREW STIRK, ANDREW TAY, MARK ZSIFKOVITS – Resident Evil: Afterlife
JEAN UMANSKY, JEAN-PIERRE LAFORCE – Incendies

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
PIERRE-JULES AUDET, MICHELLE CLOUTIER, NATALIE FLEURANT, NICOLAS GAGNON – Les sept jours du Talion / 7 Days
STEPHEN BARDEN, STEVE BAINE, KEVIN BANKS, ALEX BULLICK, JILL PURDY – Resident Evil: Afterlife
SYLVAIN BELLEMARE, SIMON MEILLEUR, CLAIRE POCHON – Incendies
MARK GINGRAS, TOM BJELIC, KATRIJN HALLIDAY, DALE LENNON, JOHN SMITH – Defendor
DAVE ROSE, DAVID MCCALLUM – Splice

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
MICHAEL KONYVES – Barney’s Version
LEE MACDOUGALL – High Life
VIC SARIN, DENNIS FOON, CATHERINE SPEAR – A Shine of Rainbows
PATRICK SENÉCAL – Les sept jours du Talion / 7 Days
DENIS VILLENEUVE – Incendies

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
LOUIS BÉLANGER, ALEXIS MARTIN – Route 132
CLAUDE LALONDE – 10 1/2
ADRIANA MAGGS – Grown Up Movie Star
PETER STEBBINGS – Defendor
JACOB TIERNEY – The Trotsky

BEST DOCUMENTARY
LA BELLE VISITE / JOURNEY’S END – Jean-François Caissy
IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY – Shelley Saywell, Deborah Parks
LAST TRAIN HOME – Lixin Fan, Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross
LEAVE THEM LAUGHING – John Zaritsky, Montana Berg
YOU DON’T LIKE THE TRUTH, 4 DAYS INSIDE GUANTÁNAMO – Luc Côté, Patricio Henriquez

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA
FILE UNDER MISCELLANEOUS – Jeff Barnaby, John Christou
MARIUS BORODINE – Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, Vincent Hoss-Desmarais
OUT IN THAT DEEP BLUE SEA – Kazik Radwanski, Dan Montgomery
SAVAGE – Lisa Jackson, Lauren Grant, Lori Lozinski
VAPOR – Kaveh Nabatian, Stéphane Tanguay, Cédric Bourdeau

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
LIPSETT DIARIES / LES JOURNAUX DE LIPSETT – Theodore Ushev, Marc Bertrand
LA TRANCHÉE / THE TRENCHES – Claude Cloutier, Marc Bertrand

CLAUDE JUTRA AWARD
JEPHTÉ BASTIEN – Sortie 67
Honourable mention / Mention d’honneur – PETER STEBBINGS – Defendor

GOLDEN REEL AWARD
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE
Producers / Producteurs : Don Carmody, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer,
Distributor / Distributeur : Alliance Films

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The Trotsky, Directed By: Jacob Tierney

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What do you think of the nominations? Did you see any of these films? Have you even seen one Canadian film this year? If no, why not? I’m not being preachy, I’m honestly curious. Will you go see any of these films now that there is sufficient buzz around a few of them?

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Rose XO.

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NOTE: Out of respect for my colleagues, future and former bosses I will not be commenting on the Best Production Design nominees- good or bad. Politics :/

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PROGRAMMER’S CHOICE: Great Art Direction at TIFF ’10

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I asked 5 TIFF Programmers via Twitter to recommend their favourite films with the best art direction at the Toronto International Film Festival this year and to my delight, they answered!

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@artdepartmental: “Which films have the best art direction this year at #tiff10 ?”

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Cameron Bailey

Co-Director and Programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival

@cameron_tiff: “For great art direction at #TIFF10 try LITTLE SISTER, THE HOUSEMAID, BLACK SWAN, NEVER LET ME GO, MADE IN DAGENHAM”

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LITTLE SISTER


Little Sister- Feature Film (2010)

Director: Richard Bowen | Production Designer: Zhai Tao

Film Description: “Based on one of the earliest versions of the beloved story of Cinderella comes a beautifully crafted film filled with wonder and magic that reveals the Chinese origins of this widely known fairy tale.”

Official Film Trailer: Watch the trailer on the TIFF website.

Programme: Sprockets Family Zone | Country: China, USA | Runtime: 96 min

OF NOTE: Little Sister was also recommended by Jane Schoettle (@jane_tiff) for great art direction at TIFF ’10. See below.


THE HOUSEMAID


Director: Im Sang-soo | Production Designer: Lee Ha-jun

Film Description: “In this erotic thriller, the housemaid of an upper-class family becomes entangled in a dangerous tryst. A satirical look at class structure, reminiscent of the work of Claude Chabrol, this sexy soap opera is a story of revenge and retribution.”

Programme: Gala Presentations | Country: South Korea | Runtime: 107 min


BLACK SWAN


Director: Darren Aronofsky | Production Designer: Thérèse DePrez | Art Director: David Stein | Set Decorator: Tora Peterson

Film Description: “A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company. Black Swan takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect. Black Swan also stars Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder.”

Programme: Gala Presentations | Country: USA | Runtime: 103 min


NEVER LET ME GO

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Director: Mark Romanek | Production Designer: Mark Digby | Art Director: Paul Cripps | Set Decorator: Michelle Day

Film Description: “Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) spent their childhood at a seemingly idyllic boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school, the terrible truth of their fate is revealed and they must confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.”

Programme: Special Presentations | Country: United Kingdom | Runtime: 103 min

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MADE IN DAGENHAM


Director: Nigel Cole | Production Designer: Andrew McAlpine | Art Director: Grant Armstrong | Set Decorator: Anna Lynch-Robinson

Film Description: “Sally Hawkins stars as Rita O’Grady, the catalyst for the 1968 Ford Dagenham strike by 187 sewing machinists which led to the advent of the Equal Party Act. Working in extremely impoverished conditions for long, arduous hours, the women at the Ford Dagenham plant finally lose their patience when they are reclassified as “unskilled.” With humour, common sense and courage, they take on their corporate paymasters, an increasingly belligerent local community, and finally the government itself. The film also stars Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James and Rosamund Pike.”

Programme: Special Presentations | Country: United Kingdom | Runtime: 113 min

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Giovanna Fulvi

Asian Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival

@giovanna_tiff: “Anpo is a hidden gem at #tiff10. One of the hottest topics in Japan and has stunning art direction.”

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ANPO

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Director: Linda Hoaglund 

Film Description: “ANPO depicts resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan through an electrifying collage of paintings and photographs, as well as animated, narrative and documentary films by Japan’s foremost contemporary artists.”

Programme: Real to Reel | Country: Japan, USA | Runtime: 89 min

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Jane Schoettle

International Programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival

@jane_tiff:#tiff10 To best art direction picks question: Look, Stranger;Wasted On The Young;Easy A; Little Sister; Blame;–all good choices!”

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LOOK, STRANGER

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Director: Arielle Javitch | Production Designer: Nevena Mijuskovic | Art Director: Gus Powell | Set Decorator: Predrag Petrovic

Film Description: “An elegant, spare and powerful telling of one young woman’s journey through a wartorn landscape in an effort to get back home.”

Official Trailer: None Found. More photos here.

Programme: Discovery | Country: USA | Runtime: 83 min

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WASTED ON THE YOUNG

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Wasted on the Young Feature Film- 2010

Director: Ben C. Lucas | Production Designer: Sam Hobbs

Film Description: “When a high school party goes dangerously off the rails, one teenager finds that revenge is just a computer click away. Wasted on the Young plays like a cross between Gus Van Sant’s Elephant and the upper-crust teen drama of Gossip Girl. Visually innovative, deeply disturbing and boundary-pushing in both content and form, Ben C. Lucas’s debut feature explores the dangerous possibilities of social networking, as practiced with both cruelty and cunning by high schoolers on the verge of adulthood.”

Official Trailer: None Found. More photos here.

Programme: Discovery | Country: Australia | Runtime: 97 min


EASY A

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Director: Will Gluck | Production Designer: Marcia Hinds | Art Director: Bo Johnson | Set Decorator: Karen Agresti

Film Description: “After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean-cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s in The Scarlet Letter, which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumour mill to advance her social and financial standing.”

Programme: Special Presentations | Country: USA | Runtime: 93 min

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BLAME

Director: Michael Henry | Production Designer: Clayton Jauncey | Art Director: Emma Fletcher

Film Description: “A group of young vigilantes seeking revenge for a sexual betrayal fall far from grace. When the truth is out, they find themselves on the dark side of justice.”

Programme: Discovery | Country: Australia | Runtime: 89 min

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Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo

Co-Programmer of Canadian Features for the Toronto International Film Festival

@agata_tiff: “Lots of good ones. check out YOU ARE HERE, HEARTBEATS, INCENDIES, CRYING OUT and DAYDREAM NATION from the Canadian line up.”

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YOU ARE HERE

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Director: Daniel Cockburn | Production Designer: Nazgol Goshtasbpour | Art Director: Stephanie Chris | Set Decorator: Sophia Chirovsky

Film Description: You Are Here is a smartly-crafted commentary on our modern day existence. Comprised of interconnected mini-narratives, the film’s characters find themselves trapped in bizarre social experiments of their own making. The film features Tracy Wright and Nadia Litz.”

Programme: Canada First! | Country: Canada | Runtime: 78 min

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HEARTBEATS

(LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES)


Director: Xavier Dolan | Production Designer: Xavier Dolan

Film Description: “Wunderkind filmmaker Xavier Dolan returns with his second feature – a sophisticated comedy about close friends, Francis and Marie, who pursue their mutual obsession with a young man. As they face off in competition, cracks in their friendship begin to appear with both comic and tragic results.”

Programme: Special Presentations | Country: Canada | Runtime: 102 min

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INCENDIES


Director: Denis Villeneuve | Production Designer: André-Line Beauparlant

Film Description: “After their mother Nawal’s death, twins Simon and Jeanne embark on a journey to the Middle East that shines a disturbing light on their mother’s past and culminates in a shocking revelation. Based on the acclaimed play by Wajdi Mouawad and directed by Genie and Jutra award-winner Denis Villeneuve (Polytechnique).”

Programme: Special Presentations | Country: Canada/France | Runtime: 130 min

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CRYING OUT

(À L’ORIGINE D’UN CRI)

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Director: Robin Aubert | Production Designer: David Pelletier

Film Description: “Three generations of men from the same family drunkenly careen across the Québécois countryside in an emotionally powerful journey through the past from one of Québec’s most intriguing young filmmakers.”

Programme: Contemporary World Cinema | Country: Canada | Runtime: 115 min

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DAYDREAM NATION


Director: Mike Goldbach | Production Designer: Renee Read

Film Description: “Seventeen year-old Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings) has just moved to a tiny, nowhere town where an industrial fire burns ceaselessly and a serial killer is claiming young victims. When Caroline realizes she has nothing in common with the permanently stoned kids that populate her new school, she pursues the one person she connects with — her handsome young teacher, Mr. Anderson (Josh Lucas). A bizarre love triangle ensues between Caroline, Mr. Anderson, and a stoner classmate (Reece Thompson). A mash up of genres and tones, Daydream Nation is a coming of age story for the 21st century.”

Programme: Canada First! | Country: Canada | Runtime: 98 min

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Colin Geddes

Midnight Madness, Real to Real, Visions, and Vanguard Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival

(AKA- Programmer of everything, creepy, shocking, gross and awesome)

@mmadnesstiff: “Best art direction of my picks?  BUNRAKU is pretty rad as is RED NIGHTS. A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE also worth noting #TIFF10

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BUNRAKU

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Director: Guy Moshe | Production Designer: Chris Farmer | Set Decorator: Malcolm Stone

Film Description: “In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett), a young samurai and a bartender (Woody Harrelson) plot revenge against a ruthless leader (Ron Perlman) and his army of thugs, headed by nine diverse and deadly assassins. This visually stunning film is filled with uniquely choreographed action sequences of a new style that melds east with west and old school with new. The film also stars Demi Moore.”

Official Trailer: None Found. More photos here.

Programme: Midnight Madness | Country: USA | Runtime: 118 min

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RED NIGHTS

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Director: Julien Carbon & Laurent Courtiaud | Production Designer: Horace Ma

Film Description: “This shocking debut by director duo Carbon and Courtiaud is a seductive cat-and-mouse thriller set in Hong Kong, about a woman’s obsessive desire to own a rare object that hides a deadly and perverse secret.”

Programme: Midnight Madness | Country: Hong Kong/China/France Runtime: 98 min

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A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE

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Director: Adam Wingard

Film Description: “When a serial killer escapes from prison, the dangerous past of a young woman dealing with alcoholic rehab quickly begins to catch up with her.”

Programme: Vanguard | Country: USA | Runtime: 85 min

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Will you be attending any of these films? Do you agree with the programmers based on the trailers and photos? Which do you think looks like it has the best art direction? Which films are you looking forward to?


Rose XO.

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The Art of Reality Television

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GOOD: Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, Season 1

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From the creators of Project Runway comes the newest reality competition on Bravo, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. I am in love with this show. It is already 8 or 9 episodes in but I really hope they renew this show for another season.

There was one episode in particular where the competitors were to create a work of art with children’s materials based on their very own childhood. I found myself so inspired and a little teary-eyed by the end of the episode. A lot of the artists had similar experiences of Art saving them from a life unlived, and a life as an outcast. I remembered that same feeling when I was in elementary school and later in high school, that Art was my way of being accepted but also a great source of escape into my thoughts that I could not get out as a shy young girl. It reminded me of my original passion for Art and particularly the beauty and escape that art can provide.

For a reality television show to allow me to think that deeply into my own life is something very special and different. I’ve heard people speak this way about Fashion with Project Runway but it still never quite connected with me on the same level that this show has. I highly recommend this show. Even if it doesn’t hit you on that gut level, the art is interesting enough to look at on a base level.

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GOOD: Project Runway, Season 8

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Project Runway is back and now airs for an hour and a half (a half hour longer than previous seasons). It’s bigger, badder, and better than ever. I’m particularly loving their colour choices for the rooms at Parsons this year. The sewing room is beautiful and inspiring. This is a reality show done right in a realm filled with the trashy and wrong.
This show over the years has helped me to understand the beauty, creativity, and I would even say significance of the fashion industry as a whole.

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BAD: Big Brother, Season 12

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I have watched Big Brother since the very first season as it was a favourite among my family during the summer months but I must say that the house/set is among the worst production design I have ever seen air on television. It’s like a bad Cosby sweater come to life. Where interiors come to die. I thought last years Big Brother set was ugly but this one tops the cake. Now while the video below doesn’t look so bad except the appallingly bad Palm Room and Sunset Room, if you watch the show as I do you will find the background so god awful and distracting it is hard to watch sometimes. Over decorated and over designed. Less is more people. Ugh…

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SIDE NOTE: You may be asking yourself, “If she hates it why does she watch it? “

I have a secret affinity for trash television which includes the following: Big Brother, Survivor, The Hills, and Jersey Shore. I can’t get enough of the dumb and dramatic. It’s perfect after a long day of overthinking things.

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I hope you are all enjoying your summer and catching the good, the bad, and the ugly of what television and film have to offer.

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At the very least Mad Men is back!!!

(Full post on Mad Men, Season 4 to come!)

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Rose XO.

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SHAMELESS PLUG III: At Home By Myself… With You

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Official Premiere of

“At Home By Myself… With You”

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It’s official. “At Home By Myself… With You” has a distributor. Thank you Mongrel Media for having such impeccable taste in Canadian and International filmmaking. We now also have our official poster and our official trailer and our official ads in Now Magazine and Eye Weekly. To make this all even more official we are starting our theatrical run at the fantastic Royal Cinema here in Toronto at College and Clinton (which also has one of the most fabulous marquees in all of Toronto). So PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE join in the fun and come see “At Home By Myself… With You” at the Royal if you live anywhere near Toronto or will be visiting from March 5-11. You can find dates and times, further news about the film, and ways to request the film in a theatre near you, at the Pocket Change Website where all of this began.

I fell in love with the script and I would have begged to work on this movie had they not asked me to do it first. Now I’ve fallen in love with this film. People keep telling me, “Well you have to like it since you worked on it.” The answer is always, “NO, actually, I don’t.” I have absolutely hated some projects I’ve worked on and wouldn’t recommend them to anyone let alone inform people I actually worked on such nonsense. Even if I like my work in a project I am pretty honest and I do not endorse films I don’t genuinely believe in. So having said that I will admit that I definitely fit the key demographic of the film, not to say that men won’t like it, but I’ve found in my experience men usually write off romantic comedies before they even watch them. It is a romantic comedy with a heart of gold and is cute as can be without being annoying or stupid. I love chick flicks BUT I downright loathe bad chick flicks (“27 Dresses”, “Valentine’s Day”, “When in Rome”, “The Ugly Truth”, “He’s Just Not That Into You”). “At Home By Myself… With You” fits into the good chick flick scenario (“Bridget Jones’ Diary”, “When Harry Met Sally”, “Lovely and Amazing”, “Shopgirl”, and most recently “Adam”). In my opinion I would most liken AHBMWY to “Adam” which was a small independent film out of NYC which did very well last year at Sundance and went on to be the indie darling of 2009. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it. Perhaps watch “Adam” and then come out to the Royal March 5-11 and see AHBMWY. It’s the perfect double bill and probably the most perfect date night choice out there in Toronto this coming weekend.

SO… now that I’ve talked this film up to pieces I think you should take a look at the fantastic new trailer. The trailer only begins to tell you what the film is about. I would attempt my own synopsis of the film but I think I’d give too much away. Just watch:

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Go see it and support extraordinary independent Canadian Cinema! You’ll thank me for it later. I swear.

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Rose XO.

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