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A Goth’s Month in Review: July 2012

by on 2012/07/31

As is our custom in July, we celebrate the greatness that is Canada. is hard-core CanCon and these aren’t just hollow, empty words. As of this writing, we have 91 reviews about the glory that is Canadian moving pictures to prove it.

Despite road trips, staging marathon Avengers and Batman cram schools for my beloved Miss_Tree and a life-changing visit from a wild baby bunny (it turns out my cats are deathly afraid of wee bunnies), I managed to squeak in my CanCon quota somehow, unbelievably this month.

This month gave me a chance to revel in some of my very favourite things including Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Ruby Gloom and The Lost Girl.

It has been three great Julys of celebration on this site. Here’s to many more.

Happy Canada month.

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (2010-2012) on 2012/07/14

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“Yes, Todd was laden – sagging even – with inappropriate language. Yes, the special effects masters responsible for the show invented new and progressively more powerful ways to jettison buckets of red paint 10s and then 100s of metres into the air. Yes, there were adult situations and more references to boobies than you can possibly imagine. The Winnipeg Sun called it aptly, ‘Buffy with potty mouth.’ And how. But I loved it, the way a doting mother chimpanzee might love her feces-throwing offspring.”

Oliver Sherman (2010) on 2012/07/30

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“If you want to recreate the quiet discomfort of that Thanksgiving where your insane drunken uncle punched your neighbour in the mouth, this is your film. Oliver Sherman is a solid work of Canadian cinéma vérité.”

Alter Egos (2004) on 2012/07/27

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“Alter Egos is a breath-stoppingly affecting film about the life of artist, sculptor and National Film Board animator. I say breath-stoppingly affecting without any exaggeration because I realized I had completely stopped breathing by the end of the film. Literally.”

Porky’s (1982) on 2012/07/21

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“If you are looking for concrete evidence that we are nothing more than a bunch of rutting mammals, look no further than this goofy, devolutionary piece of Canadian film history.”


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Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (2012) on 2012/07/12

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“It’s an audio-visual interpretation of a northern missing link, between the worlds of Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor. It makes me want to turn around and get back to Orillia . . . tomorrow, or today, or yesterday.”

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