Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ah…The Writer’s Life (and who is the real film and TV visionary?)

  Just as a preamble to today’s post, I should point out what should be obvious — I know a fair bit about Canadian film & TV. And, equally, I know very little. It all kind of depends on your … Continue reading

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The Canadian Identity Conundrum (Part 2)…from Seeing Things to King (and Johnny Depp, too!)

  Continuing from my last post, and musing about the notion of how some Canadian movies and TV shows are desperate not to admit they are Canadian (the filmmakers practically peeing-in-their-pants scared of the occasional “eh?” slipping from an actor’s … Continue reading

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The Canadian Identity Conundrum (Part 1)…from Arctic Air to How She Move

  This post (the first of a “two parter”) will wrap up my recent series of posts looking at the use and depiction of culture and cultural identity in pop culture — and specifically Canadian movies and television. I’d say this … Continue reading

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Passings… (and The Beachcombers lesson)

I was sort of in the middle of writing a series of posts delving into my (oft repeated) theme of Canadian identity and cultural references in Canadian movies and TV. But I’m interrupting this for a moment because of a … Continue reading

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He Who “Makes” History…Gets to Define History

  This is part of what’s turning into a kind of mini-series of posts looking at the concept of culture and cultural identity in Canadian pop culture…following on the heels of my previous post about “Canadianisms”. Stories are, in a … Continue reading

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The Secret World of…Canadianisms

I’ll sometimes start drafting blog posts…that then start me down a different path…which then open up a new idea. So this post kind of arose out of a couple of pieces I’m working on, but I decided to post this … Continue reading

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Bad Reviews – get over it

I was originally going to begin this post (about the way artists — and their fans — react sometimes vituperatively to negative reviews) by saying it was apropos of nothing much. Just a subject that had been bubbling in my … Continue reading

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When Good Shows Go Bad (Sort of) — King and musings on the pitfalls of writing episodic TV

Because I can be a slow writer — often drafting a post, then sitting on it for a bit so I can go over it again — that gap between when I set out to write something and the time … Continue reading

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Ten Golden Rules for Making Better Canadian Movies

In the American film All That Jazz, Roy Scheider plays a dance choreographer who, at one point, has promoted his dancer girl friend beyond her skill/talent level. As a result, he impatiently berates and humiliates her every time she stumbles. … Continue reading

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