For Canadian actor, writer, director, and producer Paul Gross, the term "daunting task" doesn't seem to exist anywhere in his common lexicon. Previous to this hugely-scaled film on the Canadian campaign in the Afghanistan war, Hyena Road, he tackled Canada's role in The Great War in Passchendaele, so when the opportunity presented itself to hang out with Paul Gross for a morning's worth of Hyena Road conversation, I had to find out what his definition of a daunting task meant.
This week on DVD and Blu-ray: Paul Gross stars as a gun-slinging American in the Canadian western, Gunless; a medicore band makes it big with a little help from their vampiric bassist in Suck; plus a look at The Last Song, starring Miley Cyrus.
Opening this week in theatres; Freddy Kreuger slashes his way back onto screen with the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street; Paul Gross stars in the Canadian comedy, Gunless; and Brendan Fraser is attacked by nature in the eco-comedy, Furry Vengeance.
This week on DVD, two couples go on very different adventures, with teenagers enjoying an all-night escapade in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, while two adults aim for more x-rated fun in Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Plus, Paul Gross' Canadian war epic, Passchendaele, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Bottle Shock.
Writer, actor, and director Paul Gross gives Canada a history lesson this week with the epic war film, Passchendaele, while south of the border, Oliver Stone recounts the life (so far) of U.S. President George W. Bush with the somewhat controversial film, W. Also opening this week is video-game-turned-action-movie, Max Payne, the sweet drama, The Secret Life of Bees, and the teen romp, Sex Drive.
You'll have to excuse the relative silence that has taken over on these pages the past few weeks, but big things are in the works. Even as I was prepping for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, which starts tonight, I have been working on The GATE's brand new video channel that will launch this weekend (with TIFF content included, of course).
Paul Gross' epic war drama Passchendaele has been named as the opening film for the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival, which is set to open on September 4. The film was written, directed, and produced by Gross, who also stars in the film as Sgt. Michael Dunne.