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Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Whip It! Flickr links to the world of Derby as seen through the lens of Midnight Matinee

Ever since the advent of Whip It! a little Derby movie that made its first splash at the Toronto International Film Festival last year we've taken the plunge into the world of action amidst all the ladies with all their skates and equipment and can we say sexy uniforms and Derby names?


Oh hi ! We are back here again to let you know there is a new Flickr Pro account that holds many of our most recent shots as well as some previous Derby material.

So the new Flickr site is at
Midnight Matinee24 on Flickr

The most complete list of our Flickr sites is actually now over here:
Midnight Matinee Photography

The other page is also where we are doing most of our writing now but we'll put something interesting here now and then.

A partial list of all the Midnight Matinee Flickr photo sites with all our Derby photos is listed here [and will be continually updated].

The latest batch from A Fistful of Brawlers Tri-City Thunder vs. Montreal Sexpos is up on Flickr at
fistful of brawlers

These are the Derby shots from Midnight Matinee sites up at Flickr.
TORD 2010 Cubs vs Cougars - TORD Championships 2009 - Gore Gore Rollergirls vs. Smoke City Betties - Whip It at TIFF2009 - Death Track Dolls 2009 - Year of the Doll
Smoke City Betties against Gore Gore Rolergirls November 21, 2009
Toronto Roller Derby - CN Power vs. Rideau Valley Vixens
Quad City Chaos
Quad City Chaos [CN Power vs. Hammer City, CN Power vs. New Skids on the Block, Hammer City vs. Terminal City Rollergirls]
Quad City Chaos [CN Power vs. Terminal City Rollergirls]
Quad City Chaos [CN Power vs. New Skids on the Block]
Edmonton E-Ville Dead vs. GTAR Derby Debutantes
Fresh and the Furious

GTAR Chrome Mollys vs. Shockwave
Fresh and the Furious - Rage vs. Quad Racers - June 12, 2010
Clam Slam 2010 - July 2, 2010
GTAR Derby Debutantes vs. FCRG Thames Fatales - Thames Fightin' Words - June 26, 2010
Clam Slam 2010 - July 2, 2010
Shark Attack
Cruisin' for a Bruisin' - Part C - Tri-City Thunder vs. Lake Effects Furies

Cruisin' for a Bruisin' - Part B - Tri-City Thunder vs. Lake Effect Furies
GTAR only page
GTAR only page
Right To Roll Riot - WEWRA Rollergettes vs. Forest City Stepmoms
Cruisin' for a Brusin' - Part A - Cruisin' for a Bruisin' - Tri-City Thunder vs. Lake Effect Furies
FAN CHOICE at The Hangar - 32 pins - who gets picked last?
Chrome Mollys [away] vs. Rollergettes [home]
Hammer City last game - Death Row Dames vs. Hamilton Harlots - Batch A
Dames vs. Harlots - Batch B
Dames vs. Harlots - Batch C
Fistful of Brawlers-Montreal Sexpos vs. Tri-City Thunder [at home]
A Fistful of Brawlers-Montreal Sexpos vs. Tri-City Thunder [at home]
Montreal Sexpos vs. Tri-City Thunder [at home]

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Thoughts on a Sunday afternoon - A Knight's Tale and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

While watching the wildcard playoffs going down the drain on a lazy Sunday afternoon - the Packers down ten at the half and the Pats getting whipped on hometurf - (update: so maybe the Pack are making a comeback)

A Knight's Tale revisited on blu-ray is a very pleasant surprise. The transfer looks immaculate and what's even more surprising is the sound. There are two audio soundtracks - PCM 5.1 and Dolby Digital surround tracks - the LPCM soundtrack truly kicks it loud. The visuals are bold and bright too. A young and dashing Heath Ledger as the knave reaching for the stars to becoming a true knight and champion -A Knight's Tale has all the ingredients of a great story - the underdog overcoming his upbringing and surroundings, finding love along the way - the fierece adversary of noble background, the ascension of the hero, the climactic build-up towards the final joust - it's a true romance.

A Knight's Tale will really rock you.

After the wild and mesmerizing experience that is Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus one could only say that the Monty Python director still has it - and it is saddening to think that this film dedicated to the friends of Heath Ledger would be the ultimate film of his life.

It took the trio of Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to add the dashing, the debonair and the dastardly ingredients that encompassed Heath Ledger's role as Tony - a character raised from the dead with a nebulous past with a knack for the persuasion and the parting of someone's money.

A reimagining of a tale a la the Daniel Webster and the Devil pact - Christopher Plummer as the Doctor and Tom Waits as the Devil excel in their roles. Just go along for the puzzling ride as the tale unwinds around you. The young Lily Cole is the scrumptious "daughter" Valentina who falls for the newly arisen and confused Tony.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Avatar - /* Outstanding! */

James Cameron is back in full force with this full-blown IMAX 3D experience.

Blue blue my world is blue blue is my world now I'm without you

Cameron spins a tale comparable to Dancing with Wolves with heroic elements of Braveheart.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Brothers - and all I want is you

The inverse of Susanne Bier's original Brothers - Jim Sheridan's version allows the camera to breathe and have a dose of fun before settling into the nitty gritty of war and the relationships between all the protagonists.

Tobey Maguire is the handsome dashing brother Tommy Cahill whilst Natalie Portman is Grace, his high school sweetheart now his wife. Out of the picture in the beginning of the tale is the just out of prison Jake Gyllenhaal as Tony Cahill.