“Talent is more erotic when it’s wasted.”
* * *
It was a very brave creative move on David Cronenberg’s part to make a 14-hour film.
Okay, okay, I know it wasn’t a 14-hour film. That’s only what it felt like.
What was that piece of dialogue from the film again? “Everything is days.” Yes, yes, it was.
I didn’t know much about this movie other than a movie still of Robert Pattinson’s cool alabaster visage graced the cover of World Film Locations. I also knew that it was about a man going to get a haircut.
Robert Pattinson going to get a haircut? I thought that could make a great movie. Okay, maybe that’s not so clear in retrospect.
“If he was any dreamier, we’d have to put him on life support.”
It’s Canadian content. It’s by David Cronenberg. It’s a microcosmic, minimalistic attempt to transcend easy craft. It has Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti, and a Bond villain channelling Dave Foley.
I want so much to love it, or to like it, or just to appreciate it. Heck, I’m willing to concede I simply don’t understand Cosmopolis. But even if someone could explain it to me, would my right brain follow my left?
It’s a bit like religion, I suppose, I just don’t feel it.
“I love this stupid town”
* * * *
Now this is how it’s done.
Corner Gas: The Movie stands as a wonderful example of how to adapt a TV comedy to feature film duration. In stark contrast to the mean spirit of Duct Tape Forever and the flailing provocation of Don’t Legalize It, this crowd-funded reunion embraces and extends what made the series beloved.
Of course we’re reacquainted with the cast of familiar faces, as well as a few new ones in cameos or larger roles. Personal favourite actor Don Lake is among them, playing a sympathetic sort-of-antagonist.
It was a year of unusual transitions, when our once-predictable lives were unbalanced, leaving us less free time than in recent memory, and more activities to compete for those dwindling moments. Our posts have dropped in frequency to roughly one a week, down from an average of every other day.
We also saw more Canadian content than we got to write about. Some things we’d rather forget. Others deserve the recognition, so here are six stubs to acknowledge them . . . at least until we get to write some more.