Press +1 Announces Move to THE CANADIAN FILM REVIEW
Toronto, September 1st, 2013 -
In a move that exemplifies commitment to Canadian film, Press +1 Magazine announced that they will be dedicating their online presence to Canadian screen-based productions.
Moving forward in a show of solidarity with The Canadian Screen Awards, The Canadian Film Review will be continuing the online presence established by Press +1 magazine by focusing solely on Canadian Film, Television and Web Series.
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Kindah Mardam Bey, says “As much as I have loved showcasing the enormous talent across Canada and across multiple platforms of arts and entertainment, it has become clear to me that unlike any other aspect of Canadian entertainment, our films need dedicated advocates to stand up and commit themselves solely to the Canadian screen based industry, which is exactly what I am doing with the Canadian Film Review.”
What began as a web series showcasing new Canadian Film in 2011, THE CANADIAN FILM REVIEW shone the spotlight on a variety of Canadian film productions such as GOON, TAKE THIS WALTZ and EDWIN BOYD: CITIZEN GANGSTER. To build upon the success of the first season, the “little-show-that-could” made the move to Television audiences in Toronto and area on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough on November 6, 2012. The Canadian Film Review television show continued to advocate for Canadian film with industry spotlights featuring media moguls such as ROBERT LANTOS (Serendipity Point Films), interviews with Canadian screen celebrities like JAY BARUCHEL (Goon), JOSHUA JACKSON (One Week, Inescapable) and KRISTIN KREUK (Irvine Welsh’s ECSTASY) and showcase news on emerging talents like TATIANA MASLANY (Picture Day, Cas & Dylan), SARAH GADON (Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method) and JASON BUXTON (Blackbird). The second season was a resounding success drawing viewers both online and to watch the TV show.
Kindah Mardam Bey sees new challenges for Canadian films, “The old mindset that Canadian films are lacking in some way when compared to other films in other industries is a myth at this point. Being one of the rare people who watch almost every Canadian theatrical release in a year, my informed opinion can easily state that Canadian films are vibrant, challenging, courageous, funny, scary and often poetic that audiences embrace when they see them. As a publisher, web-show Producer and TV show Producer of the Canadian Film Review, I can also say that Canadian audiences are eager to be informed and engaged about their homegrown films.”
Press+1 Magazine has also shown their enthusiasm towards the small screen this year through recaps and articles on ten different Canadian television series with such varied audience appeal as Arctic Air, Mr. D, Orphan Black and Lost Girl.
Press+1 broke new ground with coverage of Web Series, a format fast becoming the future of entertainment and garnering attention through quality writing along with original concepts and content. Working closely with the Bell Media Fund and the Independent Production Fund to showcase series such as Guidestones and the stand-alone hit tween series Ruby Skye, P.I. now headed to CBC this fall, Kindah Mardam Bey’s publications are the frontrunner for covering Canadian Web Series.
The Canadian Film Review will have a brand new online address
Launched in 2007, PRESS+1 now has over 50 journalists from coast to coast submitting daily coverage. It is Canada’s largest independent online entertainment magazine. Publications such as The Globe & Mail, Huffington Post, Calgary Herald and British newspaper The Guardian have recently used PRESS+1 in coverage and as an expert reference based on its original content. www.pressplus1.com
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|Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verses|
|REVIEWS - ALBUM Reviews|
|Written by Sean Marchetto|
|Sunday, 24 February 2013 16:26|
"...the album is nevertheless filled with beautiful tongue turning phrases embedded within melancholic minor key ballads..."
Artist: Frightened Rabbit
Album: Pedestrian Verse
Release Date : February 4, 2013
Reviewed by: Sean Marchetto
Google Map “Selkirk, Scotland”. Located somewhere halfway between Newcastle-upon-Tyne (whose chief moment of pop culture fame is the portrayal of its bleak parking lot structure in Get Carter), and Edinburgh (whose equally bleak hinterlands are made memorable as symptomatic of all that is wrong with Scotland in Trainspotting), the tiny township comes off as a bucolic oasis. There’s a rugby club, a golf course, a high school, a cemetery, and of course, Frightened Rabbit, currently one of Scotland’s most in demand exports.
Despite these somewhat idyllic surroundings, Frightened Rabbit have developed a reputation as dour and moody, broken-hearted balladeers. Pedestrian Verse is no exception, but the album is nevertheless filled with beautiful tongue turning phrases embedded within melancholic minor key ballads, starting with the somber “Acts of Man” where “a knight in shitty armor rips a drunk right out of her dress” and “one man tears into another, hides a cowards heart inside his lion’s chest”. Dark deeds to kick off an album full of characters harbouring secrets “smothered underneath paving stones”. Things rarely reach the upbeat heights of “Old Ol’Fashioned” from The Midnight Organ Fight, but lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Scott Hutchison, with help for the first time from the rest of his bandmates, engages in some brilliantly lyrical songwriting.
Pedestrian Verse is starkly drawn, a place where “December's traditions suck the last of summer from our cheeks/Draws the curtains, strips the trees” and and decorated with washed out bridges, death marches, backyard skulls, and oil slicks that double as an image of self-loathing “All the dark words pouring from my throat/Sound like an oil slick coating the wings we've grown/. . . I've got a voice like a gutter in a toxic storm”. Even relationships seem desolate, confined to empty houses where “In so-called living rooms, Scottish pastimes come to roost/Love's labor's stain a linen sheet”.
And yet, all of this despondency is captivating. Crestfallen choruses change tempo to resound and finish off with a fiery resiliency capable of warming the heart and ears of listeners. While they’ve still yet to write the anthem that many fans and critics anticipate from them, Pedestrian Verses finds Frightened Rabbit inching ever closer.
1. Acts of Man
2. Backyard Skulls
4. The Woodpile
5. Late March, Death March
6. Housing (in)
7. Dead Now
8. State Hospital
9. Nitrous Gas
10. Housing (out)
11. The Oil Slick
Check out our interview with Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison!