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Magic Odd Couple

I’m afraid that I can’t really tell you all that much about ‘Is Anybody There?’. I haven’t seen any of the previous work of the writer or director, haven’t even watched the trailer yet. I know from the synopsis from the Mayfair schedule and from IMDb that it’s an

The simple art of murder

When you come to see The Long Goodbye at the Mayfair (and for God’s sake, come see this film!), keep in mind the words Raymond Chandler wrote in his essay on detective fiction, “The Simple Art of Murder“: “The realistic style is

Lock up your sons!

Before I was involved with the Mayfair in an official capacity, I was in one afternoon to see a movie, wearing my Slaughter Daughters shirt.  If you are not in the know, the Slaughter Daughters are Ottawa’s local roller derby team.  I was complimented on the shirt, and

VJ on Q

On yesterday’s episode of Q, guest host Kevin Sylvester interviewed director Anders Ostergaard about his new documentary about the 2007 Safron Revolution, Burma VJ (which, not coincidentally, begins its Ottawa premiere engagement tonight at the Mayfair). The interview also included, by telephone, one of the VJs

Inglourious

Are you looking forward to Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds? Me, too. And now Slashfilm.com brings news that “The Weinstein Co has released a faux trailer for Nation’s Pride, the movie within the movie of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. (You can watch below, or see a better-quality version on the

Nothing says goodbye like a bullet

Raymond Chandler is one of my favourite authors of all time, and Robert Altman‘s The Long Goodbye (playing, not coincidentally, Aug 12 & 13 at the Mayfair) is my favourite screen adaptation of his writing. Turns out Roger Ebert is pretty big on it, too. Take a look

Kicking Goddard's ass

“Someone like Jean-Luc Godard is for me intellectual counterfeit money when compared to a good kung fu film” – Werner Herzog Tonight at 11, as part of our ongoing Drunken Master’s Dojo screening series, the Mayfair presents Cynthia Rothrock in The Blonde Fury (aka the much-less-excitingly-titled Lady Reporter).

What do movies look like in other countries?

At the end of August (and early in September), we’re showing one of my favourite films of all time, Sorcerer. We’re also showing one of my favourite Woody Allen films, The Purple Rose of Cairo. Both were big international hits, and as movies open in different countries around

Drawing a blank

Following up on yesterday’s Mann-centric post, here’s a link to Film the Blanks, “an ongoing experiment to abstract and/or reduce film posters. Some are famous, others are not so famous but they all have one thing in common – they’re pretty cool.” New blanks are posted Mon-Fri at

Zen Pulp

In August (7-9, 12&13 to be exact), the Mayfair is screening Michael Mann’s  latest, Public Enemies. Which makes this the perfect time to take a look at Matt Zoller Seitz‘s excellent five-part video essay, Zen Pulp. It explores  Mann’s concerns, themes and aesthetic, and you can view all

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