Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

‘The Onion’ apologizes for a doozy of a vulgar tweet

Of all the people they could target at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, the Onion targeted nine-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis for a horrible tweet. After an hour of outrage, the online news site took it down. And on Monday, the satirical news site issued an uncharacteristically sincere apology.

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Mon, February 25 2013 » Film, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘The Onion’ apologizes for a doozy of a vulgar tweet

‘Some day, this war’s gonna end’

Since this was Remembrance Day, I posted a link to Twitter about a Feb. 27, 2008 post based on the monologue of Col. Walter Kurtz (Marlon Brando) to Capt. Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) in the masterpiece-level 1979 film Apocalypse Now Redux (The horror, the horror). I particularly liked the writing, and the truth within, […]

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Thu, November 11 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Film, Main Page, multimedia » 1 Comment

‘Metropolis,’ restored

Metropolis, a cinematic work that fully deserves to be called “visionary,” will be screening over the next seven days at the Bell Lightbox.

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Wed, November 10 2010 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on ‘Metropolis,’ restored

Speaking of sequels, “Hard Core Logo”? Really?

From The Globe and Mail: Hard Core Logo 2, the sequel to Bruce McDonald’s beloved punk rock mockumentary, will have its world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival. In the sequel, Bruce the filmmaker (McDonald) receives a call asking if he wants to interview Canadian punk band Die Mannequin lead singer Care Failure, who claims […]

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Fri, November 5 2010 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on Speaking of sequels, “Hard Core Logo”? Really?

“Goin’ Down The Road” – The sequel

Donald Shebib is doing a sequel to his Canadian classic Goin’ Down The Road — 40 years after the fact. I say we need a remake for our times, not a sequel.

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Thu, November 4 2010 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on “Goin’ Down The Road” – The sequel

Picking a small bone with the ‘Taxi Driver’ script

Saw the monster Martin Scorsese movie Taxi Driver tonight at the Bell Light Box. It’s unquestionably one of the great films of the 1970s (it’s number 45 on TIFF’s list of the 100 essential films), and I love the way it captures the street life of Manhattan during that period of urban decay in the Big […]

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Sun, October 24 2010 » Film, Main Page, multimedia » Comments Off on Picking a small bone with the ‘Taxi Driver’ script

Gunfighter songs

I posted these to Twitter. The first is the theme song for Sergio Leone’s For A Few Dollars More. I love the film’s set-up lines: “Where life had no value, death, sometimes, had its price. That is why the bounty killers appeared.” Gunfighter songs: Ennio Morricone, “For a Few Dollars More” –http://tinysong.com/yHu1 Johnny Cash, “Don’t take […]

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Sun, September 26 2010 » Film, Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Gunfighter songs

Stars, pathological fans and black, black comedy

I tweeted the following tonight: The intersection of #TIFF10, fans & stars has me thinking of one film — and one film only: http://bit.ly/aTvt1L Of course I meant Martin Scorsese’s incomparable The King of Comedy:

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Thu, September 9 2010 » Film, Main Page, multimedia » Comments Off on Stars, pathological fans and black, black comedy

Leaning, leaning …

Hopefully, you will have seen that as a The Night of the Hunter reference — one of my favourite films of all time. Here’s a YouTube clip: Here’s Roger Ebert’s review. I find it to be spot-on.

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Fri, August 27 2010 » Film, Main Page, multimedia » Comments Off on Leaning, leaning …

Dear film critics: When it comes to genre films, you’re irrelevant

Pity the poor film critics. While The Expendables gave them a good chance to flex their sarcasm muscles, the audience kicked sand in their faces on the way to the theatres, proving them to be taste-making weaklings.

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Sun, August 22 2010 » Film, Main Page » 7 Comments