Let me begin by stating I am white and a centrist. Had to get that out there. I wanted to wait a little until my hatred of the haters dissipated. Academy Award time is the one day (lately) to side with conservatives about liberal Hollywood.
I have watched six of the eight nominated “Best Picture” films this year—much more than the recent past. This year must have been a particularly bad year as I seem to remember the Academy pushing the category from five films to ten some time ago. They couldn’t find two more?
I did not see Vice, about a white man becoming vice-president. I didn’t catch The Favourite, about white noble British women in the 18th century. Nor did I see First Man, a film about a white man going to the moon or Can You Ever Forgive Me, about a white woman forging letters by dead authors. The latter two were not on the list of the great eight. I mention my having not seen these films to provide context.
Yes, one is a country while the other is a mythical planet, yet they invite comparisons.
Krypton grew from humble beginnings to become a great and thriving society. The governing body and some of the population believed they were infallible and later became ignorant then dispassionate to their future failings.
This once great civilization boasted advanced science and technology. However, it failed to respond to unstable geological conditions. Sound familiar?
Leading citizen, Jor-El (from the renowned house of El) made passionate pleas to the council, his own colleagues, about the impending doom and final destruction of the planet and its people. Even though he was one of the greatest scientists of his era – no one listened. Continue reading →
The one thing I love to do I write. Unfortunately for me I have let the world, and my part in it, quiet me down lately.
Canada doesn’t get much talk in the gun violence world but maybe it’s time we started. I have always believed that you need to get ahead of any potential problem and this one is coming fast.
I lost someone I knew recently, and it was a kid who I liked very much. He was special in that he was smart and kind and had an amazing smile which made everyone around him smile as well – and only twenty-one. His light was snuffed out far too early and for no good reason because of a cowardly person who had a gun.
This was a kid who was going places and would have been amazing at anything he did. The potential he had will never be reached and that in itself is a crime. However, on top of being a great student, he had time to love and care about his family as well. He was one-of-a-kind.
I can’t say anymore but please read below…
I write this with a heavy heart and not much forethought …
The other morning I woke up to hear that someone I knew well was shot and killed last night in Malvern near Lester B. Pearson School by his family’s apartment. He was a twenty-one-year-old, one-of- a- kind kid. He had it all – he was very smart (attending the Schulich School of Business in Toronto,) good-looking and had a smile which was infectious. Continue reading →
When exactly did this new God complex happen? I suppose the internet has given everyone super-strength to say and do whatever they wish. A simple bad experience is magnified into something that everyone should fear. Movies and television shows have been downgraded by bad word of mouth before they even begin. For example many… morons who believe they have an informed voice don’t like a choice before they even see or hear the person on screen. And not just actors, sometimes it’s the music or theme song as well. Continue reading →
Okay Toronto, you’ve done it. You proved it. You’ve been flexing your muscles for many years now and it might possibly be time to stop. Toronto the Good has become Toronto the Terrible.
The final nail for me was just this morning when I noticed, on my way to get a morning coffee, was THE sign. The sign that showed, in beautiful detail I might add, that the only remaining parking lot in the area (and area with sunshine) will be no more. Instead, we will get something new… a condo! Continue reading →
They were good – very good. It has taken over a year in all to escape and readjust. From the aliens, I mean (BTW – heard they were coming out with a new movie.) Wasn’t easy to breakout but I managed to watch and learn and eventually understand their transporter and stealth technologies. Then, just like that… I was gone.
So, I am back… but back to what? It’s only been twelve months or so (do you still count time that way?) However, much seems to have changed. Continue reading →
They say movies are in a bad realm these day. Again, not sure who they are but they say it. Fortunately for us, the couch potatoes of the world, television is on an incredible upswing. Thanks to cable and streaming services even the networks have had to up their game.
Because more and more TV is switching from episodic to serial form, which only go ten to thirteen deep in a season, a lot of the extraneous fluff has gone by the wayside. It also makes binge-watching more palatable because you need to know what happens next. Very few of the tired episodic network dramas have to chutzpah of the new wave. Continue reading →
I stepped into the vortex and found myself on the other side, in another dimension. It was difficult to get back but here I sit… if anyone cares.
December always brings about year-end fodder about best of and worst of, well, everything from movies to brands of toothpaste. I kind of get pissed off about them. They are mostly ridiculous. However, as a buddy would constantly tell me—“who the fuck cares!”
Hear hear, who does indeed? Well, unfortunately… I do, and not only because I consider myself the voice of reason and taste. I am also sick and tired of style over substance these days, as well as, dark over the light. Those trends have been going on too long and it’s time for another shift. Continue reading →
Superhero, sci-fi and fantasy shows are the flavor of our time and I couldn’t be happier. Arrow, The Flash, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black and Agents of Shield—just to name a few—are all impressive or at least fun to watch, programs.
Then there’s Gotham… just saying that name brings a smile to any fanboy. Unfortunately, this show leaves much to be desired. Continue reading →
“America isn’t easy.” Those were the words of then President Andrew Shepherd played by Michael Douglas in The American President. He was speaking about the U.S. being a rather complex country.
It’s a great power fueled by influential men and women. However, these days, only those of affluence get to triumph. The country, in general, has lost its way – lost sight of its identity… of what made it great.