Pick of the Day: The Artist

This French film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. As far as the average North American moviegoer goes, it was perhaps a bit high concept. To begin with, there were no violent explosions and other forms of carnage. Or inane potty humour. In fact, there was no dialogue at all.

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius,  The Artist is set in the late 1920s and early ’30s when films were transitioning from silent to “talkie” status. That dynamic is represented by actors Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo. The former plays an aging star of the silent age, while the latter plays a young beauty who blossoms into a star in glamorous Hollywood-style musicals.

The Artist screens at the RPL Theatre tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Friday and Sunday at 9 p.m. Here’s the trailer.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your puny human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

4 thoughts on “Pick of the Day: The Artist”

  1. Please take note!!! This is news from SK Federal Liberals…

    For the first time in more than ten years, the boundaries of all federal ridings in Saskatchewan are being redrawn. While Saskatchewan will continue to have 14 ridings, the shape of many ridings will change.

    A three person commission has been appointed by the Harper government to do this work. Details are available at: http://www.redecoupage-federal-redistribution.ca/content.asp?section=sk&document=index&lang=e

    Canadian citizens have until APRIL 15th to submit preliminary ideas for what the Electoral Boundaries Commission should accomplish. Above all else, the most glaring boundary issue to be corrected in Saskatchewan is the current existence of eight artificial rural/urban mixed ridings (known as “R’urban ridings”) – four around Saskatoon and four around Regina.

    In these awkward ridings, neither rural nor urban issues get focused attention. This reality has long been recognized elsewhere in Canada. Saskatchewan is the only province in which these strange co-mingled ridings exist.

    The importance of having strong primarily rural ridings and strong primarily urban ridings was generally the norm in Saskatchewan prior to the mid-1990s. Now, 15 years later, in part due to the rapidly growing populations of Regina and Saskatoon, the “mixed” riding concept is increasingly untenable.

    To fix this situation, Saskatchewan could easily return to a practical set of boundaries with six predominantly urban ridings (three in Saskatoon and three in Regina), while the remaining eight Saskatchewan ridings would be predominantly rural. This practical approach would provide for M.P. representation that is more fair & effective, and better reflects the reality of Saskatchewan’s current and future population demographics.

    WE ASK YOU TO TAKE A MOMENT TODAY TO SUBMIT YOUR VIEWS IN A BRIEF E-MAIL – OR – BY MAILING A SHORT LETTER TO THE COMMISSION TO URGE THEM TO RECOGNIZE AND CORRECT THIS UNTENABLE SITUATION.

    If you support the concept of dedicated urban and rural ridings for Saskatchewan, and abandoning mixed urban/rural ridings, please send a non-partisan email or letter with your personal viewpoint to the commission BEFORE APRIL 15th, either by:

    E-mail: saskatchewan@rfed-rcf.ca

    OR BY POSTAL MAIL TO:

    Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Saskatchewan

    440 – 2nd Avenue North, Suite 203

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K 2C3

    (Please provide your mailing address at the end of your e-mail or letter, so that the commission understands that your message is from a Saskatchewan resident.)

  2. You know what this blog could use? A place to discuss issues not covered already by PD articles – like Talbot Fresh Jr’s news.

    Thanks to Talbot for doing this – did you want to attach it to another, more newsy article to make sure it gets attention from the newsy readers?

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