hang me, oh hang me

inside-llewyn-davis-2013-03When I first began HSB, I was publishing posts at least five days a week. While I long to get back to my old writing schedule, right now it is next to impossible. One way that I was able to keep up with my daily posts was through various reviews. Mondays were usually dedicated to songs or reads, and Thursdays to film. That left only Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for other topics (sort of like what I do now). I think that every blogger can relate when I state just how hard it is to find, create, photograph, and put together imaginative, fun, and engaging posts 3 days a week. Even if you are full of drive, sometimes the inspiration is just not there. Rather than writer’s block, we get blogger’s block, and it can be a bitch to pull yourself out.

I am probably the worst reviewer on the internet. I rarely ever get the double meanings or subliminal messages that are often hidden in movies and music. I prefer to write about what parts I did or didn’t like, and to hear your opinions as well. I am still somewhat amazed that I was able to pull off a twice-weekly review, but I’m considering doing them again. Would you guys like that?

What I do like are Coen brothers movies. I love their wide angle camera shots, the grittiness to their films, their dark humour, and the fact that they are often inspired by great literature. Even more so, I love folk music from the 1960s. Inside Llewyn Davis should therefore have been a winning film for me. However, I think that in the end I preferred the music over the movie itself. Oscar Issac brought a modern slant to old folk songs, and because each one was filmed live, it added more to the film than pre-recorded songs ever could have. Most were heartbreaking, some were playful, but all were incredibly soulful. I think what I didn’t like was that the star studded cast was too distracting, and I couldn’t relate to any of the characters themselves. Watching it made me feel as if I was thrust into a time machine and would come out to either witness a fight or a dramatic situation. Then, just as I would turn back to enter the machine for safety, someone would begin to sing (usually Isaac), and all would be peaceful again. 

In my opinion, the music is what saved the film. At the same time, maybe that was the point, because there was no way that you could make a movie about the pre-Bob Dylan era without having it filled with tumultuous conditions and just really amazing music.


down on broadway

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_14.jpg IMG_7.jpgIMG_8.jpg IMG_9.jpgIMG_10.jpg IMG_11.jpgIMG_12.jpgA few weeks ago, Geoff and I spent the night on one of our city’s most infamous streets. The name is Broadway Avenue. Broadway is home to independent clothing stores, coffee shops, and restaurants, multiple bars, two schools, and much more hipster goodness. The Broadway Theatre dates back to 1946, and it’s there where we ended up going for date night. To the theatre, that is, not back in time.

This particular night we went and saw the remake of Oldboy. Although the theatre put on a special screening of both the original and the remake, we only caught the newer version. Both Geoff and I thought that it was a shocking, gory, and well-acted film, and was very different than what we were expecting. That being said, if you were going by movie ratings alone, it may not be one that avid Rotten Tomato followers will be willing to see. This 2013 version currently sits at 43% on RT, while the version from 2003 is at 80%. Inevitably, it’s probably another Hollywood remake that probably shouldn’t have been remade in the first place. I think that there should be a general rule in Hollywood that any film above 70% on RT cannot be redone. That way, the classics will always remain just that. Except for Oldboy, that is. Reviews aside, I highly recommend seeing it! 


s for snow. v for vendetta.


Saskatoon_Bridge_Winter_14.jpg Saskatoon_Bridge_Winter_16.jpgIMG_Tru.jpg Saskatoon_Bridge_Winter_17.jpgnow i cannot speak for all of canada, but where we live, we seemed to have completely skipped fall. we went from an indian summer to our first big snowfall on sunday. and i was looking forward to having my favourite season come our way! c’est la vie, i suppose. here come the warm, patterned sweaters, cute dresses, colourful socks, and trendy boots. :-)

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to celebrate winter coming early (not really), we went to see a movie on the silver screen. the roxy theatre will always be one of my favourite theatres. you may be able to see why from these photographs. take me back to the prohibition era any day. that is, for the fashion and architecture, not the social conflicts. ;-)))

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hello, winter. i am ready for you!


talkie thursdays.

inception (2010).

12 34 5inception is christopher nolan’s 2010 action adventure starring leonardo dicaprio, joseph gordon-levitt, tom hardy, and slew of others including *e*’s favorite, marion cotillard.

cobb (dicaprio) is the best extraction thief in the game with the ability to steal valuable secrets and important details deep within the subconscious of a victim while they sleep and dream. this skill has both made cobb a fugitive and given him a second chance to obtain his life and family back.

in the grand scheme of things, there is nothing new here: the protagonist has a great skill (extraction) and needs one last big heist to win back everything he once lost. i wish hollywood would come up with a new way to tell a story instead of rehashing the same formulaic plot line again and again …

even though nolan’s method is derivative, the idea of extraction is a great medium of mystery. the idea that someone can obtain the truth or information from someone else while they are in a state of hypnosis or dream (supposedly when the brain is at its most vulnerable state) has been around for years. in fact, hypnosis has been used by agencies all around the world to try to break into the minds of criminals and spies for years, but to date there is no scientific proof to support this. the unfortunate truth is that facts and information is always clouded by a persons feelings and emotions, the two cannot be separated and so truth is never objective but rather subjective. so it is impossible to find out what really is truth but rather how someone feels about what they know (neat right?).

the story is fantastic, full of action and colorful dialogue. each actor does a tremendous job to escalate and charge the story forward.

nolan did an amazing job with this film and i never pass up an opportunity to watch it!


talkie thursdays.

the paperboy (2012).ThePaperBoy_24x40.inddthe-paperboy2the-paperboy3THE PAPERBOY - DAY 4-363_775.nefTHE PAPERBOY - DAY 6-600_194.nef once in awhile i would like to write about a more current film (one after the 1990s) that i feel must be on hello scarlett. not necessarily because it was good, but because it just needs to be discussed. the paperboy is said film. also, it was set in 1965 so it’s kind of like i’m talking about a classic movie, right?

the paperboy is based on the novel by pete dexter. ward jansen and yardley acheman have come to moat county, florida to help clear hillary van wetter of his charges in killing the town’s sheriff. ward employs his young brother jack as their driver. they also enlist in the help of hillary’s fiance, charlotte bless. however, given that this story takes place decades ago in the deep south, with one of the main characters being gay and two characters (yardley and anita/narrator) being black, there are many issues involving race, acceptance, and sexuality.  

the new york times described the book as “eerie and beautiful” and the film does not fall short of that description either. it is also very thrilling. inwardly, ward jansen battles a great number of demons. physically, he strives to help everyone around him regardless of whether they are good or bad people, and goes so far as to putting his life on the line in order to do so. this is such a complex role and yet matthew mcconaughey plays him to perfection.

when i heard that the film was going to come out and saw the list of stars that were in it, i groaned when i heard zac efron’s name. hearing that he was playing jack jansen made it even worse. seeing the movie and realizing that he is a believable actor? priceless.

nicole kidman gives a fair performance as a sexed-up charlotte bless, while john cusack as hillary van wetter is beyond disturbing. beyond!! he remains one of my favorite actors but until i see him in another role, i will continue to be haunted by his performance.
i will also be haunted by the ending of the film. although very different from the novel, it is quite an ending at that.
this talkie was given mixed reviews, and did not rate highly overall. however, it rated extremely high in my books. 
if dark, sexy, or thrilling, well-written scripts with great actors interest you, then you must watch the paperboy.


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