Monthly Archives: September 2012

Elementary…EH? — should there be a Canadian Sherlock Holmes?

Should Canadians be making their own modern-dress Sherlock Holmes TV series? Okay, as I’ve fully admitted before — I’m deliberately writing regular blog posts…for the sake of writing regular blog posts (’cause there’s nothing worse for encouraging return readers than … Continue reading

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Time to Throw Down the Gauntlet

There’s a scene in the Hollywood movie, The Heist, where Gene Hackman’s character explains his process is to imagine what someone smarter than he would do…and then he does that. It struck me as a cute line, because even as … Continue reading

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A Matter of National (In)Security

I’ve added a post-script at the end of this post… The funny thing about people (such as myself) lamenting the lack of a greater sense of “identity” in Canadian entertainment, and exhorting Canadian storytellers to be more confident about who … Continue reading

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Wallander (part 2) – cultural reflections

(Continuing from last time, when I was reflecting on the fictional Swedish detective Kurt Wallander, and how I had enjoyed various film interpretations, some starring Kenneth Branagh and others starring Krister Henriksson…) As I’ve said: a recurring theme with me is about … Continue reading

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Wallander (part 1) – different visions

Curiously enough, a few times over the last few months I’ve found myself drafting posts referencing Kurt Wallander — the fictional Swedish detective begat in novels by Henning Mankell but spun off onto the small screen. Some references were in … Continue reading

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The Blog That is Changing the World!

A curious phenomenon that I’ve noticed on more than a few occasions is that I’ll mull over a topic to write about, chewing it over in my brain for weeks, even months, before finally putting fingers to key board. And … Continue reading

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Settings and Storytelling (and a few examples, too!)

I like stories rooted in their time and place — not just Canadian stories. A recurring theme on this blog relates to Canadian identity and culture as it is expressed — or, as is often the case, deliberately suppressed — … Continue reading

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