Ray Harryhausen passed away last week. This has been noted by people more qualified than I to discuss the master of stop-motion magic—Rick Baker, Adam Savage, Todd Masters, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and more. The superhuman talent and perseverance evident in a Harryhausen effects sequence can easily be seen in countless visual effects artists since he first brought his creations to frame-by-frame life on the big screen. That makes sense. So how can I really say anything of worth when I say that I was also profoundly influenced by the artistry of Ray Harryhausen? With modesty, and a story about Clash of the Titans. Continue reading…
The FantAsia site is up and running with many, many trailers to get you ready for the festival. (Or at least, what films to keep an eye out for).
SV Bell talks about programming film for his internet and international tv station, the Quebec-based Black Flag TV, including promotion, mature content and monsters with Monster Island Resort Podcast.
Greg Klymkiw responds to The Globe and Mail‘s panel of film experts and their thoughts on the Canadian film industry.
Canadian film-maker Patricia Rozema writes a manifesto describing what the Canadian film industry needs.
William Shatner talks about his book on CBC Radio’s Q and his world on NPR’s Fresh Air.
A clown rises from the dead.
It’s been just over a year since I became a partner in the Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa’s oldest operating cinema. We’ve shown a lot of films in that time (we average about 40 a month), and I’ve written the synopsis for almost every one.
Ian’s girlfriend discovers he has a secret in his pants in this animated film by Guillaume Chartier. (thanks, Dr. O!)
Scroll down to see scans of Colin Geddes’ Fantasia Hong Kong film poster exhibit at Cinematheque Quebecoise: The Magnificent Butcher, Twelve Deadly Coins, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, City on Fire, Exiled, Triangle. Sammo Hung, Cheng Pei-Pei, Ti Lung, Donnie Yen, Chow Yun-Fat, Anthony Wong.
Sad you didn’t make it to Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival? Ease the pain with an interview with Gordon Liu. (Thanks, Colin!)