‘Film Daily’ Category

February 28:

I will not comment on the travesty that was the oscars last night. The only thing I will say is Inception is infinitely more original than The King’s Speech. Original screenplay my ass.

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November 26: I should title this post “How Joel Silver ruined my Saturday night” because that is exactly what happened. Here’s the explanation. For the past month or so, from some reason I have no idea why, zip.ca has been sending me a bunch of crappy movies that are low on my ziplist, instead of the great cinematic films I have on the top ten of the list and this weekend I had Whiteout and the Book of Eli. Reviews for these incredibly absurd and awful movies will be up soon but here’s the kicker. After laughing and rolling my eyes through Whiteout I saw it was produced by Joel Silver and then I realized the reason for my eye rolling. Then after sitting all the way through the Book of Eli (Denzel Washington, what the hell?) I saw that it too was produced by Joel Silver and I had no idea! It was laughably crazy, and I was fraught with confusion as to why he is allowed to produce such bad movies? I just thought it was funny that I had no idea those movies were produced by him because who really knows who produces what, and what viewer cares? Well, now I will care, especially the next time I see a Joel Silver production. And that’s how Joel Silver ruined my Saturday night.

November 2,3 and 13th: It’s Gemini awards time. For those of you not familiar, don’t worry I wont hold it against you. The Gemini Awards are given out to the Canadian television industry – all aspects of it, including costume, makeup, producing, writing, acting etc. They are the Canadian ‘Emmy Awards’.

Now that you know what they are, how’s about an inside look? I happen to have worked on them and here’s the scoop.

November 2nd – Night number one of the Industry Galas.

Industry galas are attended by, well, people in the ‘industry’. Everyone who made a show happen from behind the scenes, and sometimes some of the actors/hosts in the shows themselves show up as well. This year, the big winner was the news coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where may I add Canada won the games with the most gold medals (take that other countries!).

Night one was a little boring, I was there early and got to watch awards presenters rehearse as well as the night’s host Ennis Esmer – he was actually pretty nice, cooler than I thought he’d be.

Oh, and I should mention the shows were at the Kool Haus, which is not the best venue for an awards show with women in evening gowns having to sit in a folding chair and no space to walk through the aisle.

Before the show started George Stroumboulopoulos showed up to show off his presenting chops. I was actually standing beside him, no one else around but couldn’t muster up a hello because of my pathological shyness (think Raj from Big Bang Theory here). But that’s fine, I met him the previous year and he’s super nice.  He was the last presenter and before giving out the last award he made a point to thank the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the workers and all the volunteers for putting on the show and told the audience to give them all a round of applause. I was happy he did that because it just shows how down to earth he is and how he still hasn’t forgotten about the little guy. By the way, the host Ennis Esmer also thanked all the volunteers for their hard work, and I checked the teleprompters – neither George or Ennis had their ‘thank you’ written on them, they came up with it themselves because they are great people.

As for ushering, it was quite the task with a confusing layout and me not being able to memorize the seating chart and when I actually told the guest to follow me to their seat they would end up walking really slow and I’d lose them among the sea of wayward attendees. Most people, however were respectful, which is good and expected of Canadians.

Night two was pretty much the same. I was there early again under the hopeful pretense that if I showed up before my allotted time I would have a different job to do, and sure enough, some people couldn’t make it that night so I was reassigned as a greeter/ticket checker. My job was to stop guests before they entered the cocktail reception area and ask to see their ticket. For someone who is incapable of projecting their voice I exude a certain authoritative quality probably because of my serious demenour but that doesn’t exactly help in a loud, small space. I practically had to yell at people to see their ticket. After a while when it looked like everyone was already inside the reception and after some had already breezed past me ignoring my request I decided just to stand there as a sort of security to make sure no riff raff came in. When I glanced over at the reception, to my delight I saw Polkaroo mingling and dancing to Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly with Me and my happy childhood memories about watching Polka Dot Door came flooding back. It was nice. And I was jealous I didn’t get to take a picture or hug Polkaroo. After lingering until all the guests were inside the Kool Haus (so I wouldn’t have to user, it was a wise decision on my part) I made my way in to watch the show.

The highlight was the special award given to Polka Dot Door and the creator of the show accepting the award and at the end of his speech, in the Polkaroo voice I heard all the time at home he said “Polkaroo! Polkaroo! Polkaroo!” It was adorable. So was seeing Polkaroo sitting in the front row among tuxedos and evening gowns.

Degrassi was also honoured as being one of the great Canadian tv shows that has helped generations of kids with their raw and relatable stories about simply being a kid in junior high and high school. I love the old Degrassi, not too fond of the new one but I appreciate what it does for Canadian television and for kids and teens the world over.

Art Kindle was the host for the night and may I mention he did not thank the volunteers? Yeah.

At the end of the night, we had to clean up after everyone (gross) and with my aversion to germs I just collected programs that were left behind and then moved on to the task of ripping labels off of the folding chairs, folding them back up and stacking them in piles for the truck to take them away. But the fun wasn’t over yet, the Gemini Award Gala awaited me on the 13th.

The Gala – Broadcast Awards (meaning, the award show they actually show on tv)

The venue was the Wintergarden Theatre, an old vaudeville theatre rich in history and is so visually stunning and wonderful to be in, especially when you think of all the acts that have gone on that stage before, and all the people that have walked the aisles. Ah, nostalgia.

For this event I decided to dress to the nines, since I don’t usually have the opportunity. On this night I was supposed to be ushering but when I got there I noticed the theatre had supplied its own staff to make everything run smoothly. So, more people then were needed showed up and I ended up not really working but I got to watch the show anyway and stand near the door with some authority. Cory Monteith from Glee was the host and he seemed nice enough, I suppose. The only work I did was reading off of a card in place of some kids from Degrassi because the show producers needed to get the placement of the actors right – I guess that makes me a stand in. That was pretty cool and I got to hang out backstage two feet away from Enrico Colantoni who’s a cool guy. When I show started I saw a lot of people from tv shows I recognized like Mark McKinney, Kenny and Spenny, Grace Park, Sergio Dizio, Robert Carlyle and tons of other people I recognized but couldn’t remember their names, ah the joys of being a Canadian star. For me, the most boring part of the show was the part that everyone else was excited about and loved: the performance by Elvis Costello, Feist and Ron Sexsmith. I for one am not an Elvis Costello fan (can’t stand him) and the song he sang was so boring, I nearly fell asleep standing up. It was one of the most unenergetic performances I’ve seen and I was left confused and tired by the audience’s cheers when it was over – I was relieved, they were revived.

Fortunately, there was no clean up after the show and all in all it was an interesting experience though I much prefer working with the Genie Awards since film is more up my alley, but those are around April and we shall see what happens then.

End of 2010 Gemini Awards Industry Gala and Broadcast Gala report. Until next year?

28Oct

October 28th

October 28: Gosh. What’s new in the film world? Not a whole lot I see. There aren’t even any movies I’m looking forward to seeing in theatres, except M which I am seeing tomorrow at the new TIFF Bell Lightbox. I suppose Due Date might be one to see, though I hope it isn’t just a rehash of The Hangoverhumour, I loved that movie and I hope the director doesn’t sully its reputation. Since its slow for movies right now, anyone watch any good tv? Anyone watch Supernatural? I’m hoping Sam isn’t a demon or anything but is just regular Sam having been traumatized by being taken over by Lucifer and put in the Cage, of course that would make one a little hardened. As long as he’s still Sam and nothing more that’s fine, if the writers are like, he’s a demon or he’s possessed I’m going to yell at the tv in cursive!

Other good shows to watch in this drought of films: Boardwalk Empire, Bored to Death, The Walking Dead (premieres Sunday!), Fringe (seriously where has it been? Stupid baseball and they better get the real Olivia back to Universe A soon! Enough already!) and The Big Ban Theory. Oh, and of course South Park. :)

Happy tv viewing!

25Oct

October 25th

I have not updated in a few star dates because I have been vacationing in the deep dark recesses of the cold night. Take from that what you will, but I will attempt to be more forthcoming with film reviews and updates.

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