Thursday, March 31, 2005

Film

PRIMER @ Park Lane
Monday, April 4, 2005
Trailer

"PRIMER is the headiest, most singular science-fiction movie since Kubrick made 2001." - Esquire

PRIMER is set in the industrial park/suburban tract-home fringes of an unnamed contemporary city where two young engineers, Abe and Aaron, are members of a small group of men who work by day for a large corporation while conducting experiments on their own time in a garage. While tweaking their current project, a device that reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it by blocking gravitational pull, they accidentally discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities--ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next.

PRIMER is a mesmerizing thriller that introduces a filmmaker with an exciting new sensibility. Shane Carruth, a former engineer who spent three years teaching himself filmmaking, conceived, wrote, directed, edited, and scored PRIMER and also plays one of the lead roles. His impressive feature debut – set in the very world Carruth abandoned to make movies -- tells the story of two engineers who stumble upon a remarkable invention which changes their lives in unimaginable ways. Engrossing and provocative in its exploration of the dark side of human nature and science, PRIMER electrified audiences at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award for films dealing with science and technology.

"Primer ranks among the best of recent thrillers such as "Memento" or "The Matrix," which rupture the fabric of reality and radically destabilize the narrative." - The Onion, Scott Tobias

"Fascinating and completely successful." - Roger Ebert

"Primer unites physics and metaphysics in an ingenious guerrilla reinvention of cinematic science fiction." - Village Voice, Dennis Lim

"Refusing to dumb down... Primer is "Mullholland Dr.," "Memento" for mad geniuses, or simply one of the most inventive films ever made." - Premiere, Aaron Hillis

"Prepare to be obsessed." - Miami Herald, Rene Rodriguez

"Love it or hate it, you won't be able to leave it alone." - Dallas Observer, Robert Wilonsky

Radio / Food

Windom Earle whips up some delicious cupcakes on CKDU

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Tech

iPodlounge Buyers' Guide 2005

Column

Atlantic News Perspective #136 (Mar 28, 2005)
Investing in eco-tourism, awarding artistic merit and bank card skimming.
By: Iain K. MacLeod

Event

Ć’uck art, let's dance!
April 2 at the Khyber Club
$5-10 (sliding scale)
1st floor: Special Noise, Windom Earle, Radarfame
2nd floor: INDIE DANCIN' with Da Deco Gangsta, Shiver Me Tatters, Readdan Whyte, Johnston Max
3rd floor: HIP HOP with Alphaflight and friends

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

TV

Conan's Walker Texas Ranger Clips | GorillaMask.net

Post (Halifax Locals)

12 Reasons to Attend the Weakerthans/Constantines Show
In no particular order.

12 A coveted Coast Feature on the Weakerthans.
11 The cover art for Reconstruction Site was done by Marcel Dzama of Winnipeg's Royal Art Lodge (who is also responsible for Beck's upcoming Guero release)
10 The Music: The Reasons, Psalm For The Elks Lodge Last Call, Plea From A Cat Named Virtue, Aside, The Last One, Our Retired Explorer (Dines With Michel Foucault In Paris, 1961) LIVE, On A Beautiful Day, Watermark, Confessions Of A Futon-Revolutionist
09 Two words: Weakerthans Karaoke!
08 E-card and videos: The Reasons, Psalm For The Elks Lodge Last Call, Our Retired Explorer (Dines With Michel Foucault In Paris, 1961), Watermark, Diagnosis
07 You don't have to go to Winnipeg!
06 Fancy pants label affiliations: Subpop and Epitaph in US (Three Gut and G7 in Canada)
05 The Music Part Deux: Long Distance Four, Young Offenders, Arizona, On To You, Nighttime Anytime Its Alright, Blind Luck.
04 Check out one of their videos.
03 The Constantines are "big on crowd participation" and are "pretty fucking close" to writing anthems, according to Pitchfork
02 You don't have to go to Guelph!
01 Friday is a holiday...WWJD?

Work

1) AFF Signature Series Presents The Dark Crystal
Wednesday, March 30, at Empire 8, Park Lane, 7:00 pm. $7.25 at the door.

2) The 4th annual ViewFinders guide is online. Here are trailors for Millions and Turtles Can Fly.

3) 25th Atlantic Film Festival Call For Entry.

Music

For those that don't own the 7 Belle & Sebastian EPs issued by Jeepster records (my personal fav being "Jonathan David"), you will be able to get them all in a 2CD set called "Push Barman To Open Old Wounds" on May 24th through Matator Records. Here is a track listing:

CD1
Dog On Wheels
The State I Am In
String Bean Jean
Belle and Sebastian
Lazy Line Painter Jane
You Made Me Forget My Dreams
A Century Of Elvis
Photo Jenny
A Century Of Fakers
Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie
Beautiful
Put The Book Back On The Shelf

CD2
This Is Just A Modern Rock Song
I Know Where The Summer Goes
The Gate
Slow Graffiti
Legal Man
Judy Is A Dickslap
Winter Wooskie
Jonathan David
Take Your Carriage Clock And Shove It
The Loneliness Of The Middle Distance Runner
I'm Waking Up To Us
I Love My Car
Marx & Engels

Source: Jeepster Singles compiled at last

Monday, March 21, 2005

Film

The Austin Willis Moving Images Centre at St. Mary's University in Halifax wants to restore Bay Boy and get approval for a non-profit tour of it, including a showing later this year at the 25th-anniversary celebration of the Atlantic Film Festival, which featured Bay Boy as its inaugural presentation. However, the centre can't find a 35-mm print of the film -- former distributors such as Orion and Spectra have folded and their inventory scattered -- or any of its constituent parts (the negative original, master positive, soundtrack), or the person or company who owns its rights. (Saving Canadian Celluloid | Globe & Mail)

Column

Atlantic News Perspective #135 (Mar 21, 2005)
Online identity theft, "National Skip Day," and Hell Angels open for business.
By: Iain K. MacLeod

Trailer

It's back. My pathetic voice over work (I am a storm tropper that says "Halt" in a lego version of a Star Wars 3 trailer) is still haunting the internet. Originally posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2002.

Video

"I Saw The Way You Looked At Me" by Windom Earle

Film

Sarah Silverman's Jesus is Magic (NSFW)

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Music

What’s a Windom Earle?
P.E.I. Band brings Rocktronica to Halifax
By Jessica Whyte (Dal Gazette)

Update

For the record, i wasn't me that was mugged or did the mugging on the corner of Brunswick and Duke.

Event

North By North End
Halifax, NS
Gus's Pub, 2605 Agricola ($4/10pm)

Windom Earle
Pop Secret
SS Cardiacs
Camaromance

Note: rumoured to feature a Windom Earle video set. Also, leperchauns must be accompanied by a guardian at all times and don't do the shamrock shake without proper safety precautions.

Column

Atlantic News Perspective #134 (Mar 14, 2005)
Atlantic Canada's largest license plate factory goes multinational, two stolen bobcats in Halifax and Mardi Gras in Fredericton.
By: Iain K. MacLeod

History

The Onion's Irish-Heritage Timeline

Monday, March 07, 2005

Column

Atlantic News Perspective #133 (Mar 7, 2005)
The mysterious twig people of Wolfville, linking Newfoundland and Labrador and detonating a WWII shell on Magazine Hill.
By: Iain K. MacLeod

Music

The Most Expensive Album Never Made | NYTimes

Beck at a Certain Age | NYTimes

The War on Autoparts

Violent New Front in Drug War Opens on the Canadian Border | NYTimes

On Thursday, four officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were shot to death in Alberta, British Columbia's neighboring province, as they were searching a marijuana-growing operation, one of many on the rise there. The killings stunned a country that has apparently not lost that many officers at once since the mid-19th century.

Leigh H. Winchell, special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle, which investigates border crimes and is part of the Department of Homeland Security, said the police killings in Alberta were stark evidence of "how serious the B.C. bud issue is getting, how much money is involved and the lengths to which these criminals are willing to go to protect it."

He added, "It's getting worse and worse, and we need to address it at every level. The funding needs to be there, and the resolve of law enforcement to address it needs to be there - on both sides of the border. It's a very dark day for all of us."

Roszko killed officers then himself: RCMP | CBC

When the Mounties arrived at the farm, they found what they say was stolen truck parts and about 20 marijuana plants...Roszko had a long list of criminal convictions, including a two and a half year prison term for sexually assaulting a boy.