Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

What We Do in the Shadows

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

I ended TIFF on a high last week with What We Do in the Shadows, directed and starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. It’s a hilarious mockumentary following a group of vampires in New Zealand as they deal with the usual fights between flatmates, past relationships and dealing with newcomers. It won the People’s Choice award for the best of Midnight Madness and an added joy was having Jemaine and Stu present for a Q&A after the screening (very rare for the last day of TIFF!).

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In tribute of a brilliant cameo, I made a werewolf button available at Cunning & Crafty.

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TIFF 2014 – Song of the Sea

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

It’s that time of year again, where I drop a lot of dough to line up and watch some films. The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and I do find it a thrill to be in the audience as a director giddily presents the premiere of their labour of love.

It was an honour to see the world premiere of Song of Sea yesterday, a story of a brother and sister in their fantastical journey dipping in Irish folklore. Each frame is a beautiful rendering that you want to freeze-frame just to study all the details and humour (I especially love Ben’s hand-drawn map and how he sees the world). The film was written and directed by Tomm Moore and created by Irish studio Cartoon Saloon who are also the creators of The Secret of Kells. The story is as rich and lush as the images.

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You can learn more from the Cartoon Saloon website and production blog: http://www.cartoonsaloon.ie/2009/06/feature-films-song-of-the-sea/

Seek it out when it comes to your town!

I also noticed the voice of the main character was David Rawle of Moone Boy! Also a funny series worth checking out: http://www.sky.com/tv/show/moone-boy

BBC’s Sherlock

Monday, March 12th, 2012

I just finished watching Series 1 of BBC’s Sherlock series, a modernization of Sherlock Holmes. Only 3 episodes per season, but 1.5 hrs. long each, it’s still not enough. More Sherlock! Itching to get my hands on the Series 2 DVDs. Aside from the brilliant crime solving and Holmes-Watson comradery, there is some beautiful wallpaper. I’d love to live in 221B Baker Street, though rooming with Sherlock…hmmm…”You make the tea! I made the tea last time! and move your magnifying glass!”.

The main sitting room wallpaper is from Zoffany called Navarre. The Finches also caught my eye in the front hallway. It’s a print by Sanderson.

Above:  ‘Dandelion Clocks’ also from Sanderson.

Holmes and Watson investigating murder, with a lovely tree print in the background.

Monster Factory

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

YY and I have been fans of Monster Factory for years, seeing them at the One of a Kind Show and the Toronto Outdoor Art Show. They are Toronto-based monster designing dynamos. These awesome plush monsters each have unique characteristics and personalities. You get drawn in by their charms and then get a kick out of reading their accompanying bios. Here are two of our acquaintance:

Here’s Kyle who has “remarkable computational abilities and is a bit of a hypochondriac.”

And Royce, (which I got for YY’s brother, cause if he came from a Monster Factory, he’d be Royce).

I just discovered they made some Monster Factory films too!! What could be better??!?

 


More videos are available on the Monster Factory website.

The Ice Book

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

This is an ingenious use of paper cut-outs, light and projection! Check out this video about The Ice Book, by Davy and Kristin McGuire. More information can be found on their website.

Go Canada!

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Nominated for an Oscar this year in the Best Foreign Film (Canada) category, “Incendies” directed by Denis Villeneuve tells the story of twins, Jeanne and Simon, who journey to the Middle East to carry out their mother’s last wishes. Through this, they unravel their mother’s past, and in turn, discover their own roots in a history challenged by war and hatred but ultimately endured through love and acceptance.

Go see it. It’s great.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

The Silver Snail, one of Toronto’s main comic book/action figure/collectibles stores always has an interesting window display and here’s the Christmas window. A family of AT-AT Walkers enjoying their cozy Christmas morning (apologies for the poor photo with the reflections, just doesn’t do it justice). Mom and Dad are a little frazzled, but finding solace in their cups of coffee and the two junior walkers tearing into their gifts. Love the family portrait over the mantel too.

Hope you all are also having a lovely holiday season. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the sweatshop and have a safe and happy new year!

Here’s more AT-AT fun with an awesome film by Patrick Boivin:

Skateistan

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Looking forward to a feature length release in 2011! Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Kabul is a documentary about the first co-educational skate school in Afghanistan that offers skate workshops and other educational classes since 2007.

Read more here from wired. com.

Check out their website and you can help donate to keep their school going! ~ Lurgs

Suite Suite Chinatown

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Ventured out into the foggy foggy night to catch Suite Suite Chinatown, a series of short films that’s part of Toronto’s Reel Asian Film Festival. The question “What is your Chinatown?” was posed to seven local Chinese Canadian filmmakers. The result was an interesting mix of media, collaboration with a film score performed live by the stage band from Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School and the EXERCISERS. It was a unique and entertaining experience to have the mix of film, animation, and live performance and also getting the opportunity to participate when the audience was asked to be the foley artists for a segment with sound effects props already distributed throughout the theatre. The films were both poignant and funny — though my Korean friend felt a bit left out as the Chinese-speaking cackled at the nuances between the cantonese and mandarin dialects in one part.

There’s a free encore screening of Suite Suite Chinatown next Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 7:30pm. at the Scarborough Civic Centre! Click here for more info.

The festival continues for the rest of the weekend, so still opportunities to check out some films. Here’s the full schedule.

~ Lurgs

For the love of talking food!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

I have a not-so-secret love of anthropomorphized  inanimate objects and I can’t get enough of these Excel and Extra gum commercials.

Poor donut. Characters designs are by artist Morten Rowley. You can check out some sketches on his website here. Great drawings that show some of the development of some characters and their personalities.

I believe my love of talking foods must have started with the Muppets.

All these happy foods make me think of Heidi Kenney of My Paper Crane. She’s an awesome craftster who started with plush toys and now has an empire of vinyl toys, artwork, fabrics, and other lovely things. Check out her shop for your own cute pieces of food.

~ Lurgs