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It's Canada Day, eh?

Funny how being far away from one's country actually revives a certain sense of patriotism.
Not that I ever was a flag waving type of person. But darn it, I do miss home.
(Thank You Radio-Canada for allowing me to listen to you on the web...when it works).

Thanks to halcyonjazz for posting this a few days ago.
Careful, may be catchy.

Just one week ago was also St-Jean Baptiste day- or the National celebration of Quebec.
In celebration of Quebec and Canada celebration, some music, sketches and stuff from home.

In french:
Claude Dubois et Natasha St-Pier: Laisser l'ete avoir 15 ans
(no video value, just the song)

Quebec comedy group RBO makes fun of the Beatles
Also RBO- This one may offend some people, but darn it, I still love it <3

Pierre Lapointe- Le Colombarium (music video)

Les 3 accords- silly Quebec group with sometimes weird, funny lyrics. Chose this video because of stereotypical Quebec clothes and some snow, ha ha!


In English:
Arcade Fire, and their interactive video Neon Bible:

The Kids In The Hall- Too many funny videos, but that's still one of my faves

Rock And Rule- an old animated film. Not that many feature length animated films were made in Canada. I remember seeing this one on television and being totally fascinated.
Two scenes: first the club one - spot the moose!
Interesting bits: there are TWO versions of this film: one had a new voice for the main character, Omar. Changes of dialogues, added bits of animation, all for the American release.
For some reasons I don't know, the canadian version wasn't accepted by the US broadcasters.

I guess Triplettes of Belleville would count: a lot of the production was done in Montreal (and elsewhere...but darn it, it's still in good part canadian!)
M, the singer in this clip, is french (France).

Continuing with animation, how about the good old National Film Board of Canada?
I'm adding Black Fly. Though the setting is North Ontario, I come from the northwest of Quebec and I know about Black Flies! Gah!

I could keep going on with the canadian stuff, but I better stop there. We've all had enough? Yes? No?



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Jul. 1st, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Here is what wikipedia said about Rock and Rule (which I now kind wanna see):

"Because of scenes involving drug use, implied devil worship, and mild sexuality, the film could only be marketed to an adult audience. It performed poorly at the box office (with only $30,000 in ticket sales [2]), and no soundtrack album was ever released (though some of the songs appeared as B-sides on subsequent albums by the musicians involved with the film). Commentary on the Special Edition DVD partially lays the blame for the film's poor performance in the U.S. on MGM. The DVD claims that management at MGM changed and the new overseers of the project were not as enthusiastic about the film as their predecessors. This caused script revisions and other changes which damaged the flow of the story, delayed its release and raised costs. In the end, MGM was still unhappy with the film and gave it a small release in North America with next to nothing in terms of advertising.

"In spite of its poor commercial performance, the film soon received a cult following in the United States, although it was already popular in its native Canada. It occasionally received late-night airings on the cable channels HBO and Showtime, allowing the film to build a fanbase."

So there ya go!
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
I should have listened to the DVD commentaries, ha!
I do have the DVDs- the boxset has the two versions, Canada and US. Unfortunately, the Canadian one is of poor quality, the master film having been destroyed in a fire.
I have trouble listening to the US editions for the reasons stated in the excerpt you quoted (damaged story flow, dialogue changes that make you go "why?" and I mean come on! Omar's voice in the original wasn't bad at all!
The film aged a bit, in looks and everything, but it still holds a special place in my heart.
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Joyeuse Fête du Canada Johane! :D





And there's also Cirque du Soleil...and dark chocolate covered blueberries... and and...ok I'll stop here. Thanks for sharing Blackfly! My favorite teacher at Concordia directed it... such a wonderful man he is!

Passe une belle journée! :)

Jul. 1st, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing more videos!
Oh man, that National anthem- total fail! Ouch! Ha ha!
Les Bleus Poudres- I had almost forgotten Bob Binette! Ha ha!
Ah, Frederik Bach! Crac is indeed such a lovely little film. <3 <3 <3 <3
I hadn't seen Karkwa's video! That was a total, very nice surprise. Thank you again!
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
I -do- want to be Canadian, but my parents ruined that for me early on by rejecting my dual-citizenship. :(
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Aw man! Dual citizenship would have been so sweet! It's like...having a plan B!
(no subject) - pandoras_closet - Jul. 1st, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Halfway through the video, I started pondering how to put together an outfit resembling that on a limited budget. For fun, mind you, not for impersonation of a Canadian officer.
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Kind of like what these two are wearing. The coat may be easy, but the right hat would be more tricky.
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Jul. 1st, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
I don't know which cut my bootleg version of Rock & Rule is, but it was pretty terrible. The story seemed cursory, and all the characters looked like rotoscoped people wearing muzzle appliances. The redeeming feature is Mok. (Thanks a lot.)

So if you have a thing for, y'know, sensual, 'mature' villains, I guess you might like it. ;)
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
I do love Mok- I happen to have an original drawing of the character by its main animator. He sneers at me smugly from the wall.
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Jul. 1st, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Damn it, now you've got me watching all the Rock and Rule videos that cross link on YouTube. ^_^

Interesting bits: there are TWO versions of this film: one had a new voice for the main character, Omar. Changes of dialogues, added bits of animation, all for the American release.
For some reasons I don't know, the canadian version wasn't accepted by the US broadcasters.

Buh? This is my big "wtf" moment, lol. Now I want to see the Canadian version, darn it! (And maybe re-watch the US release: have not seen the movie in years).
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
The canadian version is sadly not on YouTube at all (not as far as I've found anyway. Maybe hidden somewhere far away).
If you rent the DVDs, the canadian version is on one of the discs.
(no subject) - snapes_angel - Jul. 1st, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Speaking of classic NFB films, don't forget about:
"The Big Snit"
and "The Log Driver's Waltz" (A favourite from my childhood! The animated part doesn't start until around 0:44)

BTW, did you know that Cordell Barker (who made "The Cat Came Back") has a new film out this year called "Runaway"?
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
I have heard good things about the Runaway- it did pretty good at the Annecy festival, I believe.
Big Snit is definitely a classic ("stop shaking your eyes!"). And that cat that yells out so loud, ha!
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Haha, that is AWESOME. I'll have to post it too!!

Happy Canada Day my fellow Canuckie! I am wearing a Canadana.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Happy Canada Day to you too!
Jul. 1st, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
OMG!! Rock n Rule! *loves you forever for mentioning it*
Also for Canadian animation, The Big Snit is one of my faves. The Cat Came Back is also awesomesauce!

Log Driver's Waltz? =D (Which I wrote gothic noir fanfiction about.)

I love that first video you posted! I like they use 'please'. So polite.

Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Rock 'N Rule may not be the greatest animated film out there, and it has grown old a bit, but it is still special.
Big points for these other two great NFB short animated films.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
cette chanson, j'adore!! XD
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
wait...which song? The "Hawaienne" one or another?
(no subject) - engelen - Jul. 2nd, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
Musical heaven with les 3 accords
I crack up every time the second singer appears and belts out "Je voudrais que tu soy hawaienne". It's the way he pronounces the "soy" that gets me, without fail. Those guys are outstanding musicians and they just can't hide it, despite all the sillyness.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
Re: Musical heaven with les 3 accords
First time I heard them was before their first cd was officially out. They were doing a few shows and selling the cds by themselves. Someone at work had it on heavy rotation and we were all listening and borrowing the cd.
That "soy" part is so...perfectly, delightfully slangy.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Happy Canada Day!
Jul. 2nd, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Happy Canada Day to you too!
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