Checking out “Celluloid” By Holly Curtis

Book Reviews, Rave!

We all know a Jimmy Clifford. In “Celluloid” by Holly Curtis, Jimmy Clifford is a film enthusiast with a strong moral compass. When you pair a tale of justice with the medium of movies, you can not help but get a strong story of emotion, investment, and nostalgia.

Celluloid

Holly Curtis handles this tale of one man’s personal mission to save his local indie cinema from a condo takeover with ease and precision. Jimmy Clifford is like an older kid, something most common among the coveted 18-49 demographic. He owns a shop chock full of film memorabilia, and is supported by characters such as his best friend and a drug dealer who specializes in the hot drug du jour.

Jimmy is personally affected by the news of a condo to be built in place of his revered “Crypt” – said movie theatre. He takes it upon himself to stage a cabaret night to raise awareness of the situation, and to raise money to stop the takeover.

What ensues is a hilarious story of pop culture, a certain coming of age, and a quest to find entertainment to make the cabaret a bonafide hit. It’s a rather unique and interesting tale of the little things that can trigger the resolution in a person long thought dormant, and a pleasure to read.

 

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Nobody Wants to Date You Because You’re a Dog! A Dog!

Film, It Makes Me Feel Better

It just struck me earlier this evening that I have not posted anything about my guiltiest of all guilty pleasure in the universe of guilt….Teen Witch!

Please tell me you’ve seen it. If you haven’t, I’m sure you can find it on YouTube or whatever fine viewing sites one uses these days.

It’s the perfect story of girl likes boy, girl finds out she’s a witch and puts a spell to make boy like her, and girl finds out true love is better than what magic can cast. No – It’s not a spoiler. It’s a fantastic film with annoying little brothers, nerdy best friends, very blonde popular girls, and the amazing Zelda Rubenstein as a psychic.

And meet the newest phrase that will be introduced to your vocabulary starting right now –  Top That!

But the best part? The soundtrack. I guarantee you that you will have “Never Gonna Be The Same Again” in your head for months. It’s the movie that keeps on giving…

Cutting Catastrophe

Best of 2015, TV

I didn’t know why but Sharon Hogan’s face was so familiar to me. I then remembered instantly after a quick google search – she was the caustic lady from Pulling, the criminally underrated UK comedy series that aired a few years back. Her character in her new television show, Catastrophe (which I hardcore binged on) is not too unlike her role as Donna in Pulling. Sharing the same name as her character in Catastrophe, Sharon Horgan brings a prompt accessibility to her role, and a likewise disdain for her character’s sometimes questionable actions. This show is so not afraid to go there.

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Trainwreck Comedy Tour Rolls Through Toronto

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I have something to admit. I’m a comedy nerd. So when I heard that Amy Schumer was coming to Toronto, I had to get tickets. I was thrilled to find out that two of my comedy favourites, Mike Birbiglia and Dave Attell, were also on the bill.
Amy Schumer pulled together an amazing line up for the Trainwreck Comedy Tour in support of her first feature film, Trainwreck. The comedy, directed by comedy guru Judd Apatow, co-stars Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Colin Quinn and Dave Attell. The show proceeds benefited the David Lynch Foundation.

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Mad Brilliance: A Review of Aaron Black’s “Under the Shadow of Madness”

Book Reviews

In the hyper-kinetic world we find ourselves living in, hardly anything is original or unique. With every simple outing, we are bombarded with a mosaic of styles and of formerly popular fads. This fusion of styles has seeped into all of culture’s popular mediums; from music to film, from television to social media, having a voice means inherently having many former voices all rolled into one. It’s both exhausting and revelatory because no rules apply. This new paradigm is what is prominently used to great success in Aaron Black’s novella “Under the Shadow of Madness.”

Set in the exotic locale of Egypt in 1920, the plot has undertones of post WWI newfound peace. The plot further contains elements of the theme of alliance, the generally deemed formal ending of the war itself. Sentiments of hope and confederacy are catalysts to the novella’s collusion of horror, comedy and adventure.

Under The Shadow of Madness