Posts filed under "News & Notes"

The Strange Fate of Kim’s Video

Posted by Brandy Dean September 22, 2012 0 Comment 2434 views

This article from The Village Voice chronicles the sad, strange tale of what happened to the collection from New York’s Kim’s Video. Kim’s Video was a very strange place, and a very New York place. Despite that this twisted story ends up in Italy, it’s a very New York story. It’s a long piece, but […]

Toronto Urban Film Festival

Posted by Brandy Dean September 6, 2012 0 Comment 859 views

Hey, did you know there’s another film festival going on in Toronto? The lines are still kinda long, but it will fold into your average day far more neatly. You can catch one-minute, silent films on screens across the TTC this week, brought to you by the Toronto Urban Film Festival. If you were lucky […]

Pretty Clever Films Goes to TIFF

Posted by Brandy Dean September 5, 2012 2 Comments 1786 views

It’s that time of year again. The cottage is shuttered, the first hint of autumn is in the air, and hordes of cinemaniacs descend on once peaceful Toronto to gorge on movies – It’s TIFF time! Also known at Pretty Clever HQ as “that time of year when I see talkies.” Pretty Clever Film gal […]

Coming Up in Toronto: “Summer Shorts” from Robert Bruce

Posted by Brandy Dean August 14, 2012 1 Comment 1331 views

Every so often, composer/pianist Robert Bruce graces us with his live accompaniment to silent films. He’s returning to Toronto this Thursday, August 16 to present “Summer Shorts.” Catch 4 classic silent films from Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Harry Langdon with live piano accompaniment at Trinity – St. Paul’s United Church. Be there! […]

Vertigo is the Greatest Film of All Time

Posted by Brandy Dean August 2, 2012 2 Comments 3915 views

Yeah, duh, I coulda told you that last week. But now it’s official, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is the Greatest Film of All Time, unseating reigning 50 year champ Citizen Kane in Sight & Sound‘s decennial critics poll. See Orson Welles? It pays to work from within the system. The revised top 10 list, culled from […]

Scouting New York Does Annie Hall

Posted by Brandy Dean July 23, 2012 0 Comment 1643 views

So here I sit at 3:30 pm on a Monday, wondering precisely when it’s socially acceptable to pop the cork on a bottle of wine. Do I really have to wait ’til 5 pm? As a great man once said, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere… Anyway, if you’ve found yourself in the Monday afternoon doldrums too, […]

The Speechless Blogathon

Posted by Brandy Dean July 17, 2012 1 Comment 1196 views

I staggered out of the woods yesterday, hot, itchy from mosquito bites and looking for something fun to do. And lo and behold… I come across the Speechless Blogathon from Eternity of Dream. The challenge of the blogathon is watch a silent film you’ve never seen, write about it, and publish it on on August […]

My TCM Picks of the Weeks

Posted by Brandy Dean June 24, 2012 0 Comment 1152 views

I know, every time you take a look at the TCM schedule for the upcoming week, you’re tempted to quit your job and order all your food for delivery. What’s a classic film fan to do? I have a better solution. Get your self a big fat DVR and just peruse my recommendations for the […]

My TCM Picks of the Week

Posted by Brandy Dean June 18, 2012 0 Comment 1002 views

I’m thinking of buying a new TIVO, even though it’s not really functional in Canada, just for some extra TIVO hard drive space. The responsibility for this very stupid idea falls solely on TCM. Damn you TCM! You make it hurt so good. In that spirit, here are my TCM picks of the week. Monday, […]

Outdoor Movies at Open Roof Festival

Posted by Brandy Dean June 14, 2012 0 Comment 1390 views

I love watching movies outdoors. There’s something that feels slightly subversive, like you shouldn’t be able to see a movie outdoors but you totally are! Typically, I’m restricted to small screen devices to indulge this peccadillo but thanks to the Open Roof Festival in Toronto, I can do it with a big screen. And other […]

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