July 8th, 2009
Are product designers the new rock stars?
You may decide so after seeing Gary Hustwit’s latest doc, Objectified, which looks at how everyday objects from toothbrushes to door handles have become contemporary objets d’arts. This fascinating film gets into the creative minds of designers like Marc Newson, maker of the million dollar Lockheed Lounge (pictured), and Karim Rashid, the brainchild behind the Garbo plastic garbage pail.
Finally, some insight into our obsession with Ikea water glasses.
Objectified, tickets $10; until July 16 at Cinema du Parc, 3575 Parc Ave., Montreal, 514-281-1900, www.cinemaduparc.com
April 13th, 2009
We’re skipping out on summer reruns for some charming summer flicks as chosen by the Vitamin Daily team. Lights, camera, action!
It’s the summer of 1987 and instead of taking off to Europe post-grad, comparative literature major James is forced to take a job at the local amusement park. Consider it this year’s Juno—smart, funny and utterly endearing. In theatres now, www.adventurelandthefilm.com
Joy Pecknold, Vancouver editor
Based on the classic documentary of the same name, Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore play the delusional mother-daughter duo (Big Edie and Little Edie, respectively) who retreat from high society into their own eccentric and decaying world. Catch it on HBO Canada, 8 p.m. on April 18, www.hbocanada.com
Maria Tallarico, managing editor
State of Play
Conspiracy, free speech, mistresses and politics: the perfect recipe for a crime thriller. My girl crush Rachel McAdams is reason enough to watch this drama. Opens April 17, www.stateofplaymovie.net
Malwina Gudowska, Calgary editor
Its kooky charm won over most critics, and it did the same for me. Starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt as sisters who start a crime-scene cleaning business, this film is a delight. In theatres now, www.sunshinecleaning-themovie.com
Athena Tsavliris, Toronto editor
Before he became known for his bearded antics, Joaquin Phoenix was Hollywood’s go-to brooding boy. In this classic romantic tale he plays a troubled man torn between passion and comfort when he becomes involved with both his icy and beautiful neighbour (the perfectly cast Gwyneth Paltrow) and reliable family friend Michelle (played by break-out star Vinessa Shaw). Opened this weekend, www.twoloversmovie.com
Sarah Bancroft, editor-in-chief
March 13th, 2009
Remember walking yourself to Kindergarten, playing kick-the-can till dark, and breaking into the school gym to do ABBA airbands while your mom was still at work?
In the new documentary Lost Adventures of Childhood airing tonight, Toronto’s award-winning director Scott Harper laments the rise of helicopter parents who micromanage every aspect of their kids social lives.
But beyond pure nostalgia ("Remember our wood-paneled station wagon with no seat belts and a hole in the floor?") the well-researched doc finds evidence from London, England to Edmonton, Alberta to support the theory that free play promotes brain development in a way Wii never will.
Now plug your kids into Rockband and watch this!
Lost Adventures of Childhood premiers tonight, 7 p.m., on CTV.
December 29th, 2008
After a month of cocktailing and carousing, spend a night in with our DVD picks from 2008.
Athena, Toronto editor
I never got to see Karl Lagerfeld striking a pose in Lagerfeld Confidential so I'll be getting my fix over the holidays.
Malwina, Calgary editor
The critcally lauded Bella, beautifully shot in New York, chronicles separate lives intersecting in one day—with life changing results.
Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Counterfeiters is an intense, harrowing story of a Jewish forger who is imprisoned in a concentration camp during the war and forced into helping the Nazis falsify money.
Elsa, Montreal editor, French edition
Finish the year laughing with The Party, an outrageously funny film featuring Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers.
Maria, Copy chief
Destined to go the way of Arrested Development (critically acclaimed and largely ignored by TV viewers), Friday Night Lights is smart, touching, heartbreaking and funny—don’t let the football-inspired title deter you.
December 10th, 2008
What to buy the film snob in your life?
We’re going with Cinéma du Parc’s Super Movie Card. Tucked into the basement of La Cité, this gem of a theatre screens only critically-acclaimed docs and features. The programmers deal directly with international distributors so you’ll catch top-quality flicks never before seen in Québec. We also love the choice of 15 annual festivals and the revolving art exhibit in the lobby.
Butter on your popcorn?
The Super Movie Card includes eight movies and two sneak previews, $48.
Cinéma du Parc, 3575 Parc Ave., Montreal, 514-281-1900, www.cinemaduparc.com
October 1st, 2008
This week we’re clearing our schedules and taking to the night for Pop Montreal. Seven years in, this edgy-but-lovable fest makes use of charming venues (churches and social clubs) and offers an eclectic pairing of musical genres.
Our top pics include performances by Burt Bacharach, French synthesizer-and-drums duo Zombie Zombie, and experimental group Interceiving. We’re also jonesing for the Film Pop screening of Patricia Chica and Mike Wafer’s Rockabilly 514, about a Montreal sub-culture influenced by music from the 1950s.
Tired of cabbing it from venue to venue? Rent a bike and you’ll be Speedy Gonzales on two-wheels ($50/week).
Pop Montreal, October 1-5, www.popmontreal.com
September 24th, 2008
In this time-challenged age, those of us with short attention spans no longer need to sit through a 120-minute epic to get our thrills and chills.
The Filminute 2008 competition features 25 on-line featurettes from 16 countries, and nary a one is over 60 seconds. Clock ticking? We recommend you head straight for Quebecer Mathieu Ratthe’s provocative Lovefield. This beautifully-shot film will send you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, from fear and anger to shock and relief.
Go ahead—we’re pretty sure one-minute of entertainment at your desk won’t cost you your job, and it’s fewer calories than a bicky-break.
Vote for your favourite at www.filminute.com
July 30th, 2008
After a barrage of festivals, large crowds and drinking beer on the streets into the wee hours, we’re quite content to wile away the summer in dark, air conditioned movie theatres.
We’ll be starting our repose at the Cinéma du Parc for Scott Hicks' feature documentary Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts. Hicks followed the star composer for 18 months as he celebrated his 70th birthday and travelled the globe meeting up with famous pals Ravi Shankar and Martin Scorsese. The film is a fascinating look at the man’s complex personality and his creative process.
That’ll keep us out of trouble, for two hours anyway.
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, August 1-7, Cinéma du Parc, 3575 Parc Ave., Montreal, 514-281-1900, www.cinemaduparc.com
July 19th, 2008
You’ve seen Bee Movie so many time you can recite it by heart (“He better not marry a W.A.S.P.!”).
Time to subject your kids to the cinematic obsessions of your own youth.
Fresh Air Cinema inflates a massive screen in parks across Western Canada and is coming to Vancouver this weekend.
Lay out your lawn chairs in Yaletown’s David Lamb Park on Sunday night at dusk for the free screening of E.T. (don’t forget the Reese’s Pieces!).
“E.T. phone home!” You said it not us.
For schedules across Western Canada, click here.
June 17th, 2008
Just because you don’t have a Park Avenue penthouse and personal stylist doesn’t mean you can’t live a Sex in the City lifestyle. Here are a five ways how:
1. Enjoy some steamy bed time reading with your own copy of Love Letters of Great Men and Women: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day by C.H. Charles available on Amazon.ca. It may not have that New York Public Library smell, but it’s très romantique.
2. Get your own Carrie-worthy made-to-measure walk-in at California Closets. After a free, two-hour consultation, designers there will custom-make the closet of your dreams (blue satin Manolos not included). California Closets, 1373 Greene Ave., Westmount, 514-939-9621, www.calclosets.com
3. Loved Samantha’s auction ring? Costume designer Patricia Field chose several pieces for the movie from Carole Tanenbaum’s vintage collection, all of which can be bought on-line. We’re coveting the triple-strand turquoise necklace c. 1960 ($600). www.caroletanenbaum.com
4. Sex in the City would be oh-so-dull without Louis Vuitton cameos. Sources tell us everything seen in the film has sold out, except the decadent, hard-sided Damier Azur Boite Flacons case carried by Charlotte on her trip to Mexico ($3,190). Louis Vuitton, 1307 Ste-Catherine W., 514-849-6520. Can’t afford your own? Do like Carrie’s assistant Louise and rent an “it” bag at www.shouldercandy.com
5. You’ve seen the movie three times, how about reviewing the entire six seasons? Go on, you know you want to. Sex and the City: The Complete Series (Collector's Giftset), ($149.99).
Now you just have to decide if you’re a Carrie, a Miranda, a Charlotte or a Samantha…