Archive for March, 2009

Axe “The Fixers” Interactive Project

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Check out: Axe “The Fixers” site.

The Fixers

Content is okay, if not a little broad, but this is an extremely rich and robust site. Makes me pretty excited about the future of interactive stuff and thinking about what is possible in this medium!

Renata Kaveh in WOMEN x WOMEN Exhibit

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

From Renata Kaveh photography

blogTO features an interview with the co-founders of the WOMEN x WOMEN photography exhibit on this week during Toronto Fashion week. It’s at The Fashion House at 560 King St. West. on March 21-22. The article mentions my friend Renata towards the end. Says one of the co-founders, Alice:

I’m happy for some of the other emerging artists whose visions really solidified in their submission piece for WOMEN x WOMEN, Renata Kaveh and Mila Victoria in particular, who are showing really different but fantastic pieces.

(I had to correct misspellings “peice” and “peices” up there… ugh… anyway.)

So¬† go support this great show and talented emerging photographers. I’m excited to see!

Wordpress is pretty awesome

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

It just took me two seconds to change the entire look at my site. I downloaded a theme, unzipped and then uploaded it on my ftp. After I reloaded my presentation tab, the theme appeared, I clicked on it and now it’s done. So simple.

I like looking at this video a lot

Friday, March 13th, 2009

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Phoenix “Consolation Prizes” directed by Dan Askill and shot in Paris with some sort of stop motion magicness looks so sick:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9xWBle5s9s

(YouTube has embedding disabled, the lousy stinkers and by lousy stinkers I refer not to YouTube, but disabled embedding.)

Being Erica is actually good

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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I read this article (and stole the sexy picture which is fun but not really representative of the show) from BlogTO about my new favourite TV show. They agree with me. Being Erica is much better than anyone expected once you give it a chance. It’s totally Canadian in the sense that it’s got it’s own great rhythm and thing going on. It’s smart, endearing, interesting and well-acted. CBC did something very right by making this show and putting so much publicity behind it. They shouldn’t have changed the time slot to the same as Lost though… That was silly and it’s always a competition for which viewing party to attend between the two and of course the longer running show tends to win out among the people I know. I hope Being Erica starts getting better ratings so it’s not cancelled!! I want to find out the answers to so many questions… ahem… Erica’s brother Leo… ! That episode is going to be huge, I can tell already. Go to the CBC website to catch up on episodes online (they are all there!) cause it’s pretty great.

Oh, and for the record, I’m pretty sure the lesbian plot was not an after-thought for ratings. A friend of a friend is an actor on the show and she was shooting over the winter and spring of last year so all the episodes have been finished for months it seems. If anything it was a cheap ratings boost, but planned well in advance… Maybe I’m just naive, but I thought the plot kind of made sense in the context of the show anyway… Like they wanted to do something a little daring, but it wasn’t outside of Being Erica’s world too much… Right? If more people watched the show, maybe we could discuss this…

One Week was kinda good.

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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Canadians of our generation will catch a few winks from Michael McGowan’s film about Pacey from Dawson’s Creek taking a motorcycle trip starting from Toronto and going West across Canada. Wait, that’s not a nice way to say it… What I meant is the appropriately Canadian Joshua Jackson stars in One Week as Benjamin Tyler, a young man diagnosed with terminal cancer, who wants to get the most out of the time he has left by taking an epic trip and “collecting moments.”

Cameos by local icons (i.e. Gord Downey and Emm Gryner), references to cafes on College Street and French Canadian folk songs, and all those highway-side “world’s largest” monuments to ordinary things makes you feel like you’re a part of a national inside joke. There are shout outs to Canadian-ness throughout this film. Despite it’s blatant commercial implications, we still laugh knowingly when the main character gets spiritual direction from a roll-up the rim cup from Tim Horton’s. It’s oftentimes corny and leans too heavily on slow melodic acoustic guitar and piano music from every single hip Canadian indie band you can think of to help carry the rhythm of the film. Yet this is one of the most enjoyable parts of watching. Even Josh’s performance was great!… though he outshone some of the other actors.

When Campbell Scott’s rich voiceover asks the audience questions like “What would you do it you knew you only had one day, or one week, or one month to live?” I want to both probe deeper into my humanity and smirk self-conciously at the same time. The film tries to be whimsical and interesting in the same way Amelie does, but can’t quite pull it off. It’s got backstory with found footage and flash editing (including “whoosh” noises), some insights into the lives of minor characters and snapshots into the lead character’s imagination told visually, and some other “magic” filmic touches that seemed copied from other movies that are more mischevious and I thought didn’t really work in this context… I know it sounds like I’m tearing it apart, but I found the attempt quite charming. Instead of cringing at the contrivedness, I found myself mostly grinning and understanding the underlying ambition.

Despite the film’s derivativeness and tendency to lean on cliche, you tend to want to root for it because it is so earnest. The way One Week is not subtle at all is actually disarming. I get it! And I think Canada is amazing and beautiful too. Only we miss out on the East side… Maybe Sam (Liane Balaban), the girlfriend character, should take a soul-searching snowmobile ride to Newfoundland in One Week II.

YouTube Remix

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I would rather you just go here than me describe. Trust me though. This is very superbly awesome:

THRU YOU