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    A (straight) person’s guide to talking about queer cinema

    Growing up gay as a suburban teenager in the mid 90s, my access to queer culture was severely limited (ie nonexistent). Before the proliferation of the internet, one relied on the “gay” section in bookstores and video stores, if there even was one, to seek out examples of visible representation in the media throughout the […] More

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    Mondo’s Latest Paul Thomas Anderson Poster Art Series

    Mondo has just announced a poster series based on the films of one of our favourite directors, Mr. Paul Thomas Anderson. Curated entirely by Aaron Horkey, one of Mondo’s most popular artists, the series will be sold by Mondo online throughout the month of May. More information and artists details with each art print below. […] More

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    ‘Punch-Drunk Love’

    Punch-Drunk Love Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson Written by Paul Thomas Anderson 2002, USA There’s something about films like Punch-Drunk Love that can leave you feeling faintly bloated – not quite to the extent of a three-course meal; those sort of delicacies are saved for the epics (Ben Hur, anyone?), but more like an overflowing […] More

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    Even for those who don’t grow up, your heart may still die

    *Disclaimer: the following is based on and an expansion of an article written by Peter Howell, the Toronto Star Movie Critic. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a film of the lowest common denominator adds nothing to the institution of cinema. But as profiteers like Adam Sandler have already understood, when money speaks, truth is […] More

  • Top 5 Manic Pixie Dream Girls

    On January 25, 2007, Onion A.V. Club critic Nathan Rabin inadvertently added a phrase to the movie lexicon. One that would eventually get it’s own Wikipedia page and it’s own NPR story. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl. In his review of Elizabethtown, Rabin said the following of Kirstin Dunst’s character: “Dunst embodies a character type I like to call The Manic Pixie Dream Girl (see Natalie Portman in Garden State for another prime example). The Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is an all-or-nothing-proposition. Audiences either want to marry her instantly (despite The Manic Pixie Dream Girl being, you know, a fictional character) or they want to commit grievous bodily harm against them and their immediate family.” More

  • The Best Films of the Decade: 2000 – 2009 Part 6 (Revised)

    90- Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) Directed by Mike Leigh Genre: Comedy / Drama In a shift away from his usual exploration of the dark and dreary, director Mike Leigh takes a lighter look at life with Happy-Go-Lucky. Sally Hawkins is a comic revelation as the lead character Poppy, delivering a nervy, utterly captivating tour de force performance. […] More

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    5 Memorable Film Scores of the 00s

    Undertones: Volume 8 As we approach the end of the decade, it seems fitting that this installment of Undertones concern itself with some of the most memorable film scores of the ‘00s. Though the films range in financial or critical success, and opinions may be divided as to the strength of some of the films […] More

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    The 100 Best Films of the Decade: 2000 – 2009 (part 6)

    Before I get to number 49 I feel the need to list fifty honorable mentions. This is a very personal list and I am confident that I could have easily chosen 100 foreign language films or 100 independent art house films and skipped out on all the Hollywood flicks, but I decided to go with […] More

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    Naked Lunch Radio #16 – Punch Drunk Radio

    A special one hour review on director Paul Thomas Anderson and his ingenious body of work. Anderson is known for films with large ensemble casts and interweaving story-lines, as in the case of Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999). Anderson is a member of the first generation of VCR filmmakers”, much like director Quentin Tarantino […] More