70: Curling (LAFF 2011)

Emmanuel Bilodeau in Curling

(This review is crossposted as part of The House Next Door’s coverage of the 2011 LA Film Fest.) Denis Côté’s Curling is also touched by issues of mortality; it’s the most oblique and challenging of the three Québécois offerings, starting with the fact that there’s a relative dearth of curling in the film. Bowling is instead the […]

69: Le Vendeur (The Salesman) (LAFF 2011)

Gilbert Sicotte in Le Vendeur

(This review is crossposted as part of The House Next Door’s coverage of the 2011 LA Film Fest.) The art of the sale is a delicate one, a push-pull struggle for power between buyer and seller, a battle that we begrudgingly undertake when there’s a purpose to it. But what happens when that purpose is stripped […]

68: En Terrains Connus (Familiar Ground) (LAFF 2011)

Francis La Haye and Fanny Mallette in Familiar Ground

(This review is crossposted as part of The House Next Door’s coverage of the 2011 LA Film Fest.) There’s been an incredible amount of snow in Los Angeles this week. It’s coming in from Alaska, from Wisconsin, from Latvia; it’s all up on screen, with a considerable number of movies set in bleak white snowscapes. Maybe […]

Good By Any Metric

As an American, I often find it difficult to talk about popular music, especially when I mention how good Canadian music is. The reply is usually, “Canada? Really?”

Yes, Canada. Really. k-os, Tegan and Sara, The New Pornographers, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, The Hidden Cameras, The Dears, Constantines, The Weakerthans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Stars, Death from Above 1979, Feist, Peaches, Duchess Says, We Are Wolves, Wolf Parade, The Stills, Final Fantasy, The Unicorns, Royal City, Cuff the Duke, Black Mountain, The Luyas, Wax Mannequin, Chad VanGaalen, The Meligrove Band, Jim Guthrie, Veda Hille, Tokyo Police Club, Islands, Frog Eyes and Sunset Rubdown, to be more precise. If you didn’t know, Sum 41 is Canadian as well, if you’re into them.