Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Atom Egoyan

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketIf all a person knew about Canada they'd learned from reading our literature and watching our movies, they might think this is a bleak country where only bad things happen and nobody ever laughs...

Partly responsible for this misapprehension is Atom Egoyan, who today turns 50; because of people like him - although by no means is he the only one to blame - Canadian comedians must leave Canada in order to be funny on film.

Although his career peaked a full decade ago, when his critically acclaimed film The Sweet Hereafter* was nominated for an Academy Award, it would be a mistake to count him out just yet. Film, unlike many other fields of endeavour in the arts, is an older man's game. Something tells me Egoyan's got plenty of ghoulish, haunting images left in him yet...

*Based on Russell Banks' novel of the same name.

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