Posts Tagged ‘film’

“Coast Modern” – film screenings in Vancouver this week

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

This film has been very difficult to see, consistently selling out (I saw scalpers at the last showing). The Vancouver International Film Fest is hosting this new set of screenings, based on the popular demand. Tickets are selling quickly so if you want to go, buy now.

This film needs to be seen on the big screen.

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Our Man Flint, 1966

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Screenshots from Our Man Flint  (1966) from architectural site Pushpullbar. Our Man Flint was a James Bond parody starring James Coburn.

Not sure if my current trip through 1960s irreverence and parody is unseasonal or not.

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McCabe & Mrs. Miller by Robert Altman: shot in Vancouver, soundtrack by Leonard Cohen

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

McCabe & Mrs. Miller, released in 1971, was one of Robert Altman’s earliest feature films (after M*A*S*H*, That Cold Day in the Park, and Brewster  McCloud). It’s largely considered the first Hollywood film shot in Vancouver, though Altman had already shot That Cold Day in the Park here in 1969 on a lower budget.

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Hiyao Miyazaki and Spirited Away

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Hiyao Miyazaki, one of my favourite filmmakers, is the Japanese director of the animated movies Spirited AwayPrincess Mononoke and Totoro. Of all his films these three are favourite, probably because they are the most Japanese in their aesthetic. And of these three, I have the most affinity with Spirited Away.

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Coast Modern Film – Fundraiser on July 28, Vancouver

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

If you’re in Vancouver on July 28, and are interested in the vernacular modernist architecture of our region, buy a ticket for this event. Ouno is hosting this fundraiser to benefit the completion of the film Coast Modern by my filmmaker friends Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard.

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The Stink Spirit

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Japan has had to endure far more than its share of natural and human disasters and far too much of the lethal wreckage they bring with them—as if one disaster alone wouldn’t be too much. Watching the deeply horrifying tsunami footage, I kept remembering images from Hiyao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away in which characters repeatedly face horrifying dark tides of filthy detritus that overwhelm everything in their path.

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