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Fall from Innocence

‘Stand by Me’ used to be the movie and story that Stephen King fans would point to in defense of his ability to write more than just straight horror tales. Sure, he’ll always been known most for bringing us stories of haunted cars, evil dogs, anger inducing hotel’s and

THE DEAD ARE AMONG US!

The film ‘Zombie’ (or ‘Zombi’) has had a bit of a confusing past behind it. The film was initially released as ‘Zombi 2’, which would make you think that there was a predecessor to it. Strangely enough, from a certain point of view, there is no actual ‘Zombie’ part

WEIRD IS RELATIVE

As insane of a concept as this might seem, there was a point in recent motion picture history in which the brainstorm for films was actually original stories for the most part. Unlike the world we live in now, where nine out of ten films released are adaptations, remakes, reboots,

Blood and Ice Cream

Love is a strong word. But I love Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. Back in 2004, a poster showed up online for ‘Shaun of the Dead‘. I had never heard of the movie, and didn’t know who the man in the poster was, but being a zombie

The Godfather of Parliament

The Ottawa Sun says, “Il Divo is fast, frantic and often funny, beautifully photographed and held together with an endlessly provocative soundtrack.” The Ottawa Citizen praises Il Divo for “dazzling cinematography and Sorrentino’s impeccable editing, not to mention a blood-pumping soundtrack… [and] the brilliant

How to enjoy one of the worst films ever

The cult phenomenon The Room plays September 18 and 24 at the Mayfair. Is it really, as Entertainment Weekly called it, “the Citizen Kane of bad movies”? Pretty much, yeah. But that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable. Quite the opposite, really. Read on, and discover how to make the best

GUNS and DOVES

Back in the good ole’ days (in this case being my high school years of 1989 – 1994) a screening of ‘The Killer’ at the Mayfair was far from your run of the mill watching and enjoying of a new action classic. I can’t lay claim to having

Don't you forget about he

In the September Mayfair guide, we quoted from Molly Ringwald's NY Times eulogy for John Hughes - but only a small excerpt. Now, you can read the entire article.

Buffy version 1.0

Besides for the fact that it gave way to what would become (I’m pretty sure most of the time) my favorite TV series ever, I remember this movie for three reasons. One: When I saw it initially during it’s theatrical run, girls were very excited to see it ’cause Luke

Do you know Jack?

EDIT: this post started as a rough draft for an article for The Cultural Gutter. You can read the finished article here. This past month, we showed two films that seemingly have little in common: Robert Altman’s neo-noir The Long Goodbye and Woody Allen’s

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