2017. Solid round numbers ending in a lucky seven, the words have a strong ring. Hearing them I see blue and silver. Already, the US presidential campaign, which left many of us feeling black and blue, has produced a silvery consequence.
The New Zealand-made The Babadook is a smart, inventive and genuinely terrifying psychological horror movie.
Sparks fly as a manic free-spirit meets a jaded middle-class couple in Centaur’s production of The Goodnight Bird.
As The Gazette loses more blood, Matthew Hays pays tribute to two departing heavy hitters and asks what’s next for Montreal’s English-language daily.
Much news from the book publishing industry is dire. Here’s an exciting exception, and it’s 100 per cent Montreal. Great translation ideas and more fiction.
The last part of a trilogy that began with the epic Fall On Your Knees, Ann-Marie Macdonald’s latest novel, Adult Onset, offers an intimate portrait of a troubled past.
What got us excited in 2014? Everything from a city-stomping lizard to crucified Ronald Macdonalds, from a cool cat Jesus to the inventor of the theramin.
To mark the release of Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, we pick the best, or just the weirdest, cinematic treatments of the Holy Book.
The winner of this year’s Infinitheatre playwriting competition talks to us about LA, family drama, and a bizarre love triangle in space.
Earnestness, formula and the inimitable Bill Murray in Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent.
A review of Celia’s Song, by Lee Maracle (Cormorant Books)
Two of Quebec’s top filmmakers have turned out major movies about difficult boys and neglectful parents. Mommy overwhelms. Boychoir goes for the heart.
In Michael Crummey’s novel Sweetland, the crusty hero clings to the old Rock with an irrational tenacity. Sweetland is populated with vivid, distinctly drawn characters: Queenie Coffin, a chain-smoking agoraphobic who sits by the window of her house reading romance novels, the wild Priddle brothers, Irish twins who make piles of money in Fort Mac and then come home to drink it all away and the aptly named Loveless and his unfortunate cow.
Rover theatre critic Anna Fuerstenberg gives her rundown of Montreal Fringe 2014 so far. Some highs: Blood Wild, High Tea, Strapless Comedy, Sense Gentle and Shakespeare Crackpot.
This Friday, I traipsed through the rainy streets of Montreal over to Cinema du Parc to catch the first part of Masaki Kobayashi’s nine-and-a-half hour epic…