Blu-ray Review: William Friedkin’s ‘Sorcerer’

Blu-ray Review: William Friedkin’s ‘Sorcerer’

Sorcerer
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou, Ramon Bieri

Let me state right off the top that I believe William Friedkin’s film Sorcereris not only one of his best films but probably one of the most overlooked films of the classic packed era of the 70s. This tough, relentless adventure film is both epic in scope and claustrophobic and intense at…

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'The Wizard of Oz' turns 75

‘The Wizard of Oz’ turns 75

Whether you like it or whether you aren’t so taken with it, The Wizard of Ozis one of the most enduring classics in cinema history, and that fact is not really up for dispute. This 1939 musical film was hailed in its day as a technological marvel because of its use of colour and make-up effects and those very elements of the film are just as evident today, in watching the new Warner Bros. Blu-ray…

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The article is still to come, but until then check out my MasterChef Canada interview from earlier today with the three judges: Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile and Alvin Leung.

Disneynature’s Bears opens in theatres today, and follows the first year of a mother brown bear and her two cubs living within the beautiful vista that is Alaska. Featuring actor John C. Reilly as the narrator, who explains the lives of the animals, and fills in some of the imagined inner-thoughts of the beautiful creatures, the film is a postcard from the wild that offers a rare glimpse into the lives of brown bears.

Nicknamed Sky, Amber and Scout, the three stars of the film are icons for conservation efforts to protect the wilderness we still have in the world, and the creatures who live there. To capture their habitat, Bears was filmed in and around Katmai National Park and Preserve where an estimated 2000 brown bears live, in addition to the area of Hallo Bay.

Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to sit down with Jeff Young, the Wildlife Care Supervisor at the Toronto Zoo, at the zoo’s Canadian Domain, where we chatted about the film, the bears, and the other animals who co-star in the movie.

Young has been working at the Toronto Zoo since 1990, where he started as a Keeper. Since 2012, Young has been the Wildlife Care Supervisor, which has him overseeing the Americas Pavilion, Tundra, Mayan Temple and Canadian Domain at the zoo.

Watch the interview with Jeff Young:

Watch the Disneynature feature on conservation efforts related to the film:

Gallery:

During the film’s opening week, Disneynature will make a contribution to the U.S. National Park Foundation courtesy of Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for every ticket that’s sold.

Disneynature’s ‘Bears’ at the Toronto Zoo Disneynature’s Bears opens in theatres today, and follows the first year of a mother brown bear and her two cubs living within the beautiful vista that is Alaska.

Photo: At the Toronto Zoo today for an interview about Disneynature's Bears and also saw this bear, and a wee polar bear.

Logitech launches G502 Proteus Core tunable gaming mouse

Logitech revealed the very customizable Logitech G502 Proteus Core tunable gaming mouse earlier this week, which features a 12,000 DPI sensor that can be tuned to any surface thanks to their Delta Zero technology.

On top of that, gamers can customize the balance and weight on the G502 using small 3.6 gram weights, and program the mouse for special functionality like one-button triggers,…

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Photo: My parting gift from last week's Trailer Park Boys interview: their new board game!

MuchMusic Video Awards celebrate 25th anniversary on June 15

MuchMusic Video Awards celebrate 25th anniversary on June 15

The MuchMusic Video Awards will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, taking over the corner of Queen and John in downtown Toronto on Sunday, June 15, and for the first time the event will be simulcast live on CTV and MuchMusic.

Featuring red carpet arrivals, musical performances, and stars from film and television, the MMVAs delivers the awards show to the street for all the fans to get up…

Carice van Houten seems like a normal actress, if you meet her in person, but on HBO’s Game of Thrones she’s the wickedly powerful Melisandre, servant to the Lord of Light, and one of the characters who seems most likely to inspire fear among all other mortals.
Last year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, Houten answered a few questions about filming the fourth season of the epic series, and it’s almost easy to forget while you’re chatting with her that her counterpart on screen is downright frightening. Beautiful, but darkly foreboding in almost every way.
During a recent interview about season 4 of Game of Thrones, Houten talked about Melisandre first appearance this season, her character’s goals, and the fact that this deadly woman also calls upon magic from time to time–unlike most of the other heroes and villains. But, some of the best moments in the interview are when Houten opens up about playing this part, the fan reactions to her character, and the fact that she’s actually allergic to horses so a stunt person fills in for her when they need to show Melisandre on horseback.

Question: Set the scene for your character as we begin season 4.
Carice van Houten: “We start by seeing her doing a certain ritual–I can’t be more specific than that–and then we get a little peek behind the scenes of Stannis’ [Baratheon, Stephen Dillane] household. So you see Stannis and his two wives–basically, me and his own wife Selyse [Tara Fitzgerald]–and you get to enjoy the dynamics between the three of us.”

seems like a normal actress, if you meet her in person, but on HBO’s she’s the wickedly powerful Melisandre, servant to the Lord of Light, and one of the characters who seems most likely to inspire fear among all other mortals.

Last year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, Houten answered a few questions about filming the fourth season of the epic series, and it’s almost easy to forget while you’re chatting with her that her counterpart on screen is downright frightening. Beautiful, but darkly foreboding in almost every way.

During a recent about season 4 of Game of Thrones, Houten talked about Melisandre first appearance this season, her character’s goals, and the fact that this deadly woman also calls upon magic from time to time–unlike most of the other heroes and villains. But, some of the best moments in the interview are when Houten opens up about playing this part, the fan reactions to her character, and the fact that she’s actually allergic to horses so a stunt person fills in for her when they need to show Melisandre on horseback.

Question: Set the scene for your character as we begin season 4.

Carice van Houten: “We start by seeing her doing a certain ritual–I can’t be more specific than that–and then we get a little peek behind the scenes of Stannis’ [Baratheon, Stephen Dillane] household. So you see Stannis and his two wives–basically, me and his own wife Selyse [Tara Fitzgerald]–and you get to enjoy the dynamics between the three of us.”

HBO’s hit series returns Sunday night for its fourth season of blood, heartache, misery, and mind-blowing television, and after all of the teasers, it’s looking like a huge season ahead, dragons and all. [x]