Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Werner Herzog emerges from the cave

Herzog on his new documentary, ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams premiere was a mess. The 3D cameras weren’t calibrated properly, the picture stalled briefly near the beginning, and the projector shut down completely just after the climax, forcing the theatre to turn on its houselights and bringing the audience to awkward, premature applause. It wasn’t an ideal situation in which to watch a film, but Werner Herzog’s new documentary was brilliant enough to remain completely enjoyable despite its awkward first steps. Herzog and his crew were given unprecedented access to art that has adorned the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc cave in southern France for 32,000 years. A landslide sealed the entrance, preserving the art so that it looks as if early man brought burnt timbre to bulging stone only last week.

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The Oscars: Who should win and who will win

Film critic Brian D. Johnson offers up his picks

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‘Of Gods and Men’: the best film snubbed by the Oscars

A beautiful, tranquil film that should have made the cut

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FUBAR’s Terry and Dean at TIFF

On their new film, Stephen Harper, and life as hoser icons

A couple of greasy-haired headbangers weaved their way into the hearts of Canadians one crushed beer can at a time in 2002 with the hilarious, unconventional and massively under-financed mockumentary FUBAR. The film, from director Michael Dowse, tells the simple story of Terry (David Lawrence) and Dean (Paul Spence) as they drink, listen to their beloved hair metal, and go camping in a bid to give’r one last time before Dean undergoes surgery for testicular cancer.

FUBAR II, premiering Friday, catches up with the boys a few years down the road as they get kicked out of their house and head for Fort McMurray to strike it rich. It’s rare for a sequel to best its original, but FUBAR II manages to cram in even more hilarious lunacy—and does so with a tighter story that also features some intelligent, but not overbearing, social commentary about drugs, friendship, and the problems inherent in fast money. Terry, Dean and Dowse sat down with Maclean’s before their gala opening—which started when they drove up to the red carpet on a flatbed truck pulling headbangers, a band, and strippers—at the Toronto International Film Festival to discuss the film, their message to Stephen Harper, and life since becoming hoser icons.

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Steve Nash on Terry Fox

It’s hard to believe there could be any aspect of Fox’s story left to tell—but don’t dismiss the documentary ‘Into the Wind’

Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope is so ingrained in Canadian culture that it’s hard to believe there could be any aspect of the story left to tell. But don’t dismiss Into the Wind, the new documentary on Fox by Phoenix Sun’s point guard Steve Nash and his filmmaker cousin Ezra Holland.  The documentary, set to air on television as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 program, goes far beyond what most Canadians know about the icon. Through archival footage, new interviews with  Fox’s friends and family members, and complete access to his daily journals, the film goes deeper and explores the fights, anger and the personal struggles he had to overcome, bringing life to the bronze statue, humanizing the legend and proving the man was even more of a hero by showing him as the ordinary and sometimes frail person he was. It sounds cliche, but it’s hard to watch the film without welling up a little. Nash and Holland sat down with Maclean’s to discuss their personal hero, making the movie, and why they feel the story needs to be told today.

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