Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Blue Velvet’s 30th anniversary re-release trailer

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Fri, December 9 2016 » Film, Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia » Comments Off on Blue Velvet’s 30th anniversary re-release trailer

Seven favourite films from seven different time periods

The twitter feed @TheCinegogue has been running a little quiz to name one’s favourite film by the decade, except for the 21st Century. Here are my picks:

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Fri, September 2 2016 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on Seven favourite films from seven different time periods

Lynch’s Mulholland Drive favoured as top film of 21st century

BBC Culture polled 177 film critics from 36 countries to come up with the top 100 films of the 21st Century to date. Placing number one on the list was director David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. (?!?!)

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Wed, August 24 2016 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on Lynch’s Mulholland Drive favoured as top film of 21st century

A complete list of TIFF Midnight Madness titles

Back when I lived in Toronto, I used to attend the Toronto International Film Festival on a regular basis. The programme that had me drooling was Midnight Madness. The screenings of wild and crazy films began at 11:59 p.m. Hong Kong chop-sockey; the mind-bending, if ghoulish, creativity of Japanese director Takashi Miike (IMO, the quintessential […]

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Wed, August 17 2016 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on A complete list of TIFF Midnight Madness titles

A conversation with the Boston Globe’s former ‘Spotlight’ editor

Walter “Robby” Robinson ran the Spotlight investigative unit of the Boston Globe newspaper in 2002 when it took up the story of how priests sexually abused children in the Boston area and how the powerful Cardinal Bernard Law, archbishop of the Boston archdiocese, helped keep the carnage quiet. This work of reportage was honoured with […]

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Sun, February 21 2016 » Film, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A conversation with the Boston Globe’s former ‘Spotlight’ editor

Happy incept date, Roy

Roy Batty, the alpha android in the classic dystopian sci-fi film Blade Runner, became activated on Jan. 8, 2016: #RoysBirthday #BladeRunner pic.twitter.com/IZY9R8pq6P — Joel McHale (@joelmchale) January 8, 2016 Mashable rounded up some Twitter reaction to the milestone. Here is the Blade Runner scene in which Roy meets his maker as his ‘life’ is winding […]

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Thu, January 7 2016 » Film, Main Page, Minutiae, photos » Comments Off on Happy incept date, Roy

Six films that speak to France’s identity as a nation

New York Times film critics Wesley Morris and A.O. Scott have identified six relatively current French films that speak to some of that nation’s internal tensions and social ills. I’ve seen four out of the six, and enjoyed them all for different reasons.

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Sat, November 28 2015 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on Six films that speak to France’s identity as a nation

The stunning cinema of 1982

A lookback by Anne Bilson, a film reviewer with the Telegraph newspaper, at why she thinks the films of 1982 may have been the best collective crop ever. I’ll snip out some excerpts relating to my favourite hobby horse of that year — Blade Runner.

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Sat, March 28 2015 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on The stunning cinema of 1982

The lying ways of Chris Kyle

Former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is the subject of a forthcoming movie, “American Sniper,” and the author of a book on his experiences in Iraq (he was shot to death in 2013 at a Texas gun range). If you accept a court’s 2014 libel judgment in favour of former Navy commando and Minnesota governor […]

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Sun, January 4 2015 » Film, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The lying ways of Chris Kyle

Biopic out on the Godfather of Soul

Imagine trying to capture the combustibility of the late James Brown on film. Here’s a taste of the frenetic  master showman’s dance moves, set to the tune of a blistering There Was A Time, taken off the 1968 album James Brown Live in Dallas: That’s a hard act to cover, doncha think? Well, the BBC’s […]

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Thu, July 31 2014 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on Biopic out on the Godfather of Soul