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list: my top 6 birthday scenes

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Last week was my 20th birthday. After having a lovely celebration with my friends I began to think of my favourite birthday scenes from the movies and thought I’d share them with you:


6. Angry Birds – Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963)

Our birthdays are supposed to be our favorite day of the year, which  makes a birthday party the perfect setting for things to go wrong.


5. He’s in for a Surprise – District 9 (2009)

After coming into contact with a mysterious alien liquid, Wikus van de Merwe begins to develop some curious symptoms. In an extremely dark and poignant film, this brief scene is hilarious.


4. A Very Merry Unbirthday – Alice in Wonderland (1951)

While technically your unbirthday is every day that isn’t your actual birthday, this trippy scene is definitely a classic celebration!

3. Harry Gets His Wish – Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

What kid doesn’t wish to be told that they’re a witch or wizard on their 11th birthday?

 2. Maleficent is a Party Pooper – Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Maleficent is one of my favourite Disney villains. As a child I was honestly terrified every single time she appeared on my TV screen. While she is capable of turning into a fire-breathing dragon, I find her most terrifying in her first appearance in the film when she crashes baby Aurora’s birthday celebration.


1. Bilbo Baggins’ Eleventy-First Birthday  – The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

This scene has it all – fireworks, storytelling, dancing, and magic. And you know it isn’t a good birthday party without an awkward speech!



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from king to creep?

The film world always readily anticipates a recent Oscar winner’s next mov(i)e.  In most cases, actors tend not to make the best decisions: Remember Halle Berry’s stellar choice to play Catwoman after her win for Monster’s Ball? How about Reese Witherspoon’s not-so-great flick Rendition?  Yet something tells me that we have nothing to worry about with recent Oscar winner Colin Firth.

This week, the short film Steve, actor Rupert Friend’s directorial debut opens at Aspen Shortfest, one of the world’s top short film festivals. The short stars (ex-girlfriend) Keira Knightley and Tom Mison as a couple who begin to receive frequent and strange visits from their next-door neighbour played by Firth. From what I can tell from the brief trailer, Mr. Firth is still at the top of his game. Check out the trailer below.

Creepy, no?

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list: 6 great musical moments in film from the 2000s.

Here’s a list of my top 6 musical moments in film between 2000-2009 (or at least the scenes that were available on youtube – there were some great ones from Slumdog Millionaire, Hustle & Flow, and Love Actually that I would have liked to have included…) So take a listen and look, and enjoy!

6. Ellen Page and Michael Cera, “Anyone Else But You”  (Juno, 2007)

Page and Cera serenade each other with a lovely Moldy Peaches cover at the end of the film. Just two kids in love.

5. Hall & Oates, “You Make My Dreams” ((500) Days of Summer, 2009)

This genius little musical interlude lightens up this not-a-love-story, capturing Tom’s momentary happiness after sleeping with Summer for the first time. If this scene doesn’t get your foot tapping or a smile on your face, well… then you’re just heartless.

4. Elliot Smith, “Needle in the Hay” (The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001)

A haunting choice to accompany Richie’s suicide attempt. Even more haunting considering Elliot Smith’s own death.

3. Elton John, “Tiny Dancer” (Almost Famous, 2000)

After a rough and strange night, the Stillwater gang sing Elton John’s classic, and you really believe that you are “home” with them. I’d even say  that this magical moment can sum up the feeling of the entire film.

2. The Dropkick Murphys, “Shipping Up to Boston” (The Departed, 2004)

When this Irish-American Celtic punk song blasted through the cinema, you knew this movie was about to get epic.

1.  The Shins, “New Slang” (Garden State, 2004)

One can’t think about Garden State without thinking about it’s perfect soundtrack. There are countless great musical moments to choose from in this film, from the epic scream into the ‘infinite abyss’ in the rain while Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy in New York” sweeps in, to Large’s ecstasy-trip accompanied by Zero 7’s “In the Waiting Line”. Yet it’s one of the simplest scenes that tugs at your heart the most, and as Sam says, The Shins will change your life.

So there are my picks. What are yours? Feel free to leave a comment!

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must see: march 2011

Welcome to March! This month, an incredible amount of interesting and highly anticipated films will be released. So here are the film’s I know I’m going to try my best to watch this month (thank you Spring Break!), and I hope you all get to watch as well. The release dates I’ve put up are the U.S. release dates. (All synopses are from IMDb unles otherwise stated.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

(March 4)

Synopsis: A dying Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee explores his past lives as he contemplates the reasons for his illness. [Synopsis courtesy of Indiewire]

It won the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Watch the Trailer below:

The Adjustment Bureau

(March 4)

Synopsis: The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart. Stars Matt Damon and  Emily Blunt

Watch the Trailer below:

Take Me Home Tonight

(March 4)

Synopsis: Follow an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night. Stars Topher Grace and Anna Faris.

Watch the Trailer below:

The Certified Copy

(March 11)

Synopsis: Set in Italy, the Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami’s latest stars Juliette Binoche, the 2010 Cannes Film Festival’s poster star. According to an IMDb description, “In Italy to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a young French woman and jets off to San Gimignano with her. [Synopsis courtesy of Indiewire]

Watch the Trailer below:

Jane Eyre

(March 11)

Synopsis: A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret. Stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell

Watch the Trailer below:


(March 4)

Synopsis: About a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Abel is Y tu mamá también‘s Diego Luna‘s directorial debut.

Watch the Trailer below:


Red Riding Hood

(March 11)

Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure. Stars Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Lucas Haas, Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Julie Christie

Watch the Trailer below:



(March 4)

Young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved. Written, directed, and starring Josh Radnor.

Watch the Trailer below:

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so, now what?

And so The Oscars bring another awards season to a close. Overall the awards were quite predictable — in fact all but one big winner had won the award in their respective guild – Screen Actors, Writers and Directors. I personally wasn’t as disappointed with the Oscar telecast as a lot of film critics are (See Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman’s bash here, and Roger Ebert’s rant here.) I thought Anne Hathaway was great, Morgan Freeman and Alec Baldwin’s cameos in the opening sketch were hilarious; Kirk Douglas and James Franco’s Grandmother stole the show; and some fantastic acceptance speeches, particularly from screenplay winners Aaron Sorkin and David Seidler.

So what do we do now that award season is over? Cannes doesn’t start until May! Get creative!

Take a look at the trailer for Some Boys Don’t Leave a short film from 2009 Starring The Social Network‘s Jesse Eisenberg and newcomer Eloise Mumford. The film is about when a couple breaks up but the actual breaking up doesn’t happen. The film was selected for 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and is available for download on iTunes. I truly recommend this short but heartfelt film.

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oscar hosts head to boot camp

It seems that the youngest host’s in Oscar History are hard at work preparing for Sunday night. Take a look at the hilarious promo video below.

These two have great chemistry — I can’t wait to see their schticks on Sunday!

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